GM S-Series Pick-ups and SUV's 1994-1999 Repair Guide

Shift Handle

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Most vehicles covered by this information utilize a 2-piece shift lever assembly. The upper portion of the shift lever is threaded to the lower portion and locked in position using a jamnut. If equipped, the upper portion may removed without unbolting the rest of the shifter lever/housing from the top of the transmission housing.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. On 4wd pick-up models, remove the transfer case shift lever knob retaining clip, then remove the knob.
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  5. On 4wd utility models, unfasten the transfer case shifter locknut and unscrew the lever.
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  7. If equipped, remove the console assembly or cup holder.
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  9. Remove the shifter knob and nut from the lever.
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On some models, to access the shift lever boot retaining screws the carpet will either have to be removed or cut. When we removed the shift lever we choose not to cut the carpet, instead we took the time to remove the seats and various trim pieces until the carpet could be pulled over the shifter assembly, then we removed the shift lever boot screws. If you choose to cut the carpet, we suggest that you cut the carpet in small amounts at all four sides of the shifter so that the carpet can be peeled back just enough to access the screws. Once the job is complete, the carpet can be held in place using Velcro.

  1. Unfasten the boot retaining screws and remove the boot from the lever.
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  3. Unfasten the shift lever nut by turning it clockwise, then remove the lever by unscrewing it counterclockwise.
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To install:
  1. Install the lever and tighten the shift lever nut up against the lever.
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  3. Install the shifter nut and knob. Back the knob off until the shift pattern is aligned.
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  5. If removed, install the carpet. If you decided to cut the carpet, use Velcro to hold it in place.
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  7. If removed, install the console or cup holder assembly.
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  9. On 4wd utility models, install the transfer case lever and tighten the shifter locknut.
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  11. On 4wd pick-up models, connect the transfer case shift control cable to the knob and install the retaining clip.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of a typical shifter lever mounting



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use an appropriate tool to locate the shift knob retainer clip-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 3: After the retainer clip is removed, the knob can be removed-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 4: Pull the knob up and off-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the shifter cover-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 6: Unplug the electrical harness-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the shifter boot retainer screws-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 8: Pull the shifter boot cover over the shifter and remove-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 9: Once the boot is out of the way the shifter lever can be removed-4WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 10: If the carpet has to be removed to access the gear shifter boot screws, first remove the cup holder by pulling up the disengage the clips-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 11: Sometimes the clips will remain on the cup holder bracket when the cup holder is pulled up. If this happens, use pliers to remove the clips from the bracket and reinstall them in their original positions-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 12: Unfasten the cup holder bracket retainers and then remove the bracket-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 13: Unsnap the door sill trim plate clips (arrows) to remove it-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 14: Remove the cowl kick panels. On models equipped with an air bag, the passenger side kick panels has the air bag system Diagnostic Energy Reserve Module (DERM) attached to it, so be careful not to damage it-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 15: Unfasten the DERM retainers and wire it to the door without unplugging any electrical connections-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 16: After all the necessary trim pieces have been removed (including the seats), peel the carpet back to access the shifter boot retainers-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 17: Unfasten all of the boot retainers and ...



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Fig. Fig. 18: ... remove the boot from the shifter-2WD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 19: Loosen the shift lever retaining nut ...