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Nov 11 10 6:45 AM

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So Monday night as I was delivering pizzas in my 1995 Aspire I shift into 3rd on a curve and the gear shifter just drops through the floor. It was shifting just fine regardless, but I was having to hold it up to keep it from rattling against the exhaust pipe.
My wife and I were heading to Omaha on Tues for a funeral so early Tuesday morning I jacked it up and crawled under there to look at it.
Someone rigged up a couple of curved pieces of metal that were screwed underneath and were barely holding the shifter up. I mean that was the ONLY thing holding the shifter up. What happened is they got loose and the pieces of metal moved and the shifter dropped.
I just reinstalled them with some self tapping screws and it worked fine the whole way to Omaha and back (3 hr drive. )
I want to fix it right though.
The Hanes manual has no real clear info on how the factory setup holds up the shifter.
When I get the free time (I get free time?) I'm going to go to the junkyard and see how those are setup there. I figure worse case scenario I need a new shifter.
When I get some daylight I'll take a picture of the current setup.
I'm honestly surprised that it worked at all, but I've been driving it for 4 months like that.
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iceracerdude

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Nov 11 10 9:06 AM

It's not that uncommon, in fact I just shipped one to a guy 4 weeks ago.
Once you remove it and get it out on a bench you might be able to fix it more permanently, a lot of us have. It does basicly slip together and can simply be reinforced with some clever screw placement is all, unless theres no metal left. Otherwise, yes, you'll need to pick up a fresher one at the salvage yard.

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Nov 11 10 4:11 PM

The shifter is held in place by a rubber gasket underneath the center console. It's a bad design and it's common for these gaskets to fail over time from people resting their hand on the shifter and straining the rubber. I don't believe there's anywhere to buy a replacement gasket. The only option is to replace the entire shifter or rig something to hold up the shifter.

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Nov 11 10 6:27 PM

Well, you'll need to consider whether or not you'd ever want to go on a rant about how aspires keep breaking your heart, and if that's the case by all means, cut as many corners as you can.
We'll know of course over time, what you decided to do.

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Nov 11 10 10:07 PM

QUOTE (iceracerdude @ November 11, 2010 10:06 am)
...Once you remove it and get it out on a bench you might be able to fix it more permanently, a lot of us have. It does basicly slip together and can simply be reinforced with some clever screw placement is all, unless theres no metal left...

No, that's ^ definitely what I said. I'm one of the "a lot of us have" guys.
In fact, my repair has never come apart again,
(this is me delivering a beatdown in 30 min. or less lol) user posted image
So I definitely recommend a closer look first.

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Nov 12 10 6:39 PM

i am wondering the same, the rubber in my shifter assembly is starting to fall apart. are there any other shifter assembly's that will work on our lil cars?

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Nov 12 10 7:42 PM

They do attach the same way.

My MX-3 fell down like that too, and so did the escort GT I was working on for a guy I know. He just fixed his last week.

I bolted mine together in my 1st 95

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Nov 13 10 1:25 PM

Here's a quick, easy, and clean fix someone posted over on ff.com

QUOTE (skeeters_keeper)
Well I had to fix another shifter that fell thru the floor on a festy this afternoon, so I figured I'd take a few pics and do a quick writeup of how I've found is the best way to do it.

You will need a bolt that is long enough to reach thru the entire shifter assembly (about an inch and a half... sorry, I didn't measure it), and a drill with appropriate bits.

The idea is to drill a hole through both the upper and lower plates (the part that bolts to the floor and the stabilizer) and then use the bolt to hold them in place. In order to still allow the flexibility of the rubber you cannot crank down on the nut, which is why you need two of them to act as a lock nut.

Pictures are worth a million words, so...

The hole, you may need to beat down the lip on the floor a little to allow the bolt head to fit.
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With the bolt I used:
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From the bottom side. Note the two nuts.
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And with the shifter installed.
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You don't need to remove the shifter in order to do this, I was installing a short shifter at the same time which is why that one was removed.

Nate


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Nov 13 10 4:29 PM

I've been thinking of fashioning a plate that will hold it up. Similar to the curved pieces of metal that I have now, but a whole plate that will have a lip on it and will cover most of the bottom plate then I can screw from the bottom and that should secure it in place right.

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Nov 15 10 11:12 AM

QUOTE (overburn @ November 13, 2010 02:25 pm)
Here's a quick, easy, and clean fix someone posted over on ff.com


Well that's easy enough, I way over-engineed my fix, great post!

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Nov 22 10 8:56 PM

Add me to the list of guys who "rigged it". Mine dropped on Ziggy when I first got the car years ago. One strategically placed lag bolt (it was winter and cold) and I was up and running.

The cool part is I can attest to the longevity of the repair. It lasted for 6+ years and 120,000 some miles. This summer while taking the car for a little dust run out of the garage the lag bolt loosened up and the shifter fell back down! Dern! only 120k and it broke again! So I bought a new lag bolt and put it back but I did mark my calendar so when I turn another 120k on Ziggy I wont get caught off guard fordaspire/icon_lol.gif

Ziggy 1 --- '95 white 2dr, 5sp, a/c added, 252k, 43 top mpg (still got 'em)
No Name --- '95 teal 2 dr, 5sp, 98K, bad clutch, sold it b4 I named it
Ziggy 2 --- '95 white 2dr, 5sp, a/c 147k split rear seat, 49.3 top mpg (deceased, mortally injured in towing accident 2008)
Kermit --- '95 teal 2dr, 5sp, a/c 103k, upgraded interior package - the daily driver now
(Had 2 1988 Festivias in the '90's. Over 200k on them too)

All pulled "Trapper" the '89 kamparoo camper on the back roads I should'a been drivin' my jeep on (4x4 aspire??)

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Nov 22 10 10:48 PM

well , that was a nice post on fixing that problem . I have also had the fun experience of loosing the shiter to the ground , lift , and it still shifted. I used , , 4 self drilling and tap screws, been like that bout 5 yrs now, got lil rattle. BUT as mentioned , just hold hand on it. fordaspire/banana.gif . Like the idea , of bolts tho, and might tighten things up, along with new shifter bushings too.

....1995 Aspire, 1.3L 2dr hatch.....
....1994 Aspire, 1.3L 2 dr hatch , ( parts car )..

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