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Vanne 04-29-2011 01:00 PM

1998 z31.9 auto shift cover loose.
Hi, slowly getting to grips with the little roadster, have the car booked into get all the oils changed. I did the motor oil myself, but its getting cold here and wont have time to do the tranny and the diff oils myself, so booked it in.

now for this post question:

The cover for the auto transmission shifter in the cockpit is loose and sits nice and flush when in park, but when in drive or shifting between 1,2 or 3 its loose. The front or back of it comes up. Ive tried to push it down, but it seems the shifter is set about 5-7 mills to high on the chassy, thus making the plastic shifter cover bulge and dislodge when shifting.

anyone come across this before, is there an easy fix?


Monolith 04-29-2011 02:26 PM

Any chance you can post a photo of it?

Vanne 04-29-2011 10:00 PM

Pics arrived.
That's in park where it fits all snug.

And this us when it's shifting.

And from the side on.

Any idea or help would be great!!
Cheers Vanne.

Monolith 05-01-2011 02:51 PM

There's only four tabs that hold the plate on. Any chance you can pop off the plate and take a pic of the underside of the plate and also the shifter mechanism?

Be careful as there are wires for the gear nmbers lights.

Monolith 05-03-2011 04:59 AM

Forgot to ask if your gear selection light works correctly. As you move the shift lever to a different gear, does the light move to the correct gear?

It's possible someone had the cover off and did not get the light sliding mechanism over the shift lever. This would push the light mechanism up under the cover at the back popping up the cover. If this is the case, you need to fix this as soon as possible, because you're damaging the light mechanism. You can't buy parts for the cover. You have to buy the entire cover.

Vanne 05-03-2011 02:47 PM

You mean as you shift there is a light that changes? Besides the plastic non light indicator that slides with the shifter as in the pics it's orange little square? Is there a dash indicator what gear your in as well?

Monolith 05-03-2011 03:01 PM

The plastic non light indicator is lighted when your headlights are on. No dash indicator.

Vanne 05-06-2011 03:28 PM

Here are some pics from below the trans cover.



I just had a quick
Play and it seems all the wires and plugs are in proper sockets. So I am lost why this doesn't sir right and is pushed up from underneath when shifting.. Any help would be great!

Vanne 05-06-2011 03:29 PM

Oh and all the lights and all the other stuff works just great. It's just the annoying shift lifts up the cover.

Monolith 05-06-2011 05:47 PM

I don't see anything out of place and the light assembly seems to be on correctly. The base of the shift lever (where it splits) at the bottom could lift the panel up if the shift lever is loose at the base.

Check if the base assembly is loose. Check the rear bolt on the base assembly and see if someone accidentally installed a washer, etc. under it lifting the rear of the assembly too high.

Vanne 05-06-2011 07:27 PM

nope, base of essembly is tight as a nuns.... anyways, you get the drift. :) i also checked if there was a wayward washer underneath the essembly, and there isnt. *sigh* nything else you can think of. By the way Monolith, thanks so much for the input so far :D

Vanne 05-06-2011 07:29 PM

just thinking, it looks like it touches on the middle top of that yellow thing as it shifts, if felt it and its also tight as, what is that thing?, maybe i can loosen it and sit it elsewhere if it doesnt do much specific...?

Monolith 05-06-2011 07:56 PM

The yellow thing is your gear selector for the transmission. It has copper traces with copper fingers to electrically tell the transmission computer what gear you have selected with the shifter. Not something you really want to move around.

Have you looked at your console overall to see if maybe someone sat on it and crushed it down? That's about the only thing I can think of at this time. Try pushing the console upward near where the shift selector is to give a little more clearance.

Vanne 05-06-2011 07:59 PM

thanks Mono, il head down to my garage and give that a look over/shot.....

rightoh, had another look and you know that metal guide rail that the red gear indicator follows, well its bent from being pushed down onto the top of that yellow gear selector thingy. so its definitially rubbing.. but why.. also had a look, the center console is exatctly where its supposed to be, its all bolted down nice and tight.

just wondering maybe, just maybe my cover is deformed from sun? is it supposed to be dead flat? (mine is) or concave? id recon it only rubs by 2 mill at most...

Jortiz96 09-22-2012 12:49 PM

Hello guys, i am new to the Forums and i was looking for some help. I have a 96 z3 and i too am having problems with the shift selector; not only does it get loose when im shifting from drive-park etc., the little orange gear selector does not move anymore. Does anybody know if i can fix it or do i have to get a new one?

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