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phatbastard 06-29-2013 12:18 AM

Stock 1LE shifter rattle driving me nuts, Help!
 
Have had the car since February, lots of fun. The rattle from the stock shifter is rather bad at low to mid rpms under any load. Installed the Dynapad kit from MGW on the stock shifter (inside the car). This reduced the other noises but just made the shifter rattle more noticeable.

I can reduce the rattle by holding slight pressure on the shifter, but each gear requires a different direction and pressure to reduce it.

Is it the shifter pin slop or the rod that is part of the transmission that tends to make the rattle noise? Can I shim the shifter pin and clips to reduce this? Do not want to use the sticky Dynamat in the AZ heat and gum up the link rod and shifter.

Any way to reduce the noise / rattle?

Southern Comfort 06-29-2013 05:32 AM

No rattles here. Run it by your dealer service dept for warranty repair.

fgg60 06-29-2013 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Southern Comfort (Post 6731103)
No rattles here. Run it by your dealer service dept for warranty repair.

+1

BigBlock69RS 06-29-2013 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Southern Comfort (Post 6731103)
No rattles here. Run it by your dealer service dept for warranty repair.

+2

NinoSS 06-29-2013 08:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Southern Comfort (Post 6731103)
No rattles here. Run it by your dealer service dept for warranty repair.

:nod:

1LEMayhem 06-29-2013 08:54 AM

Yeah that's not normal use your warranty.

phatbastard 07-05-2013 09:25 AM

Had the car up on ramps to look for a fix for this. The only good news is that the stock shifter is a solid unit, no slops in the shifter, link rod or pins.

The bad news is the slop is in the transmission. The hole on the transmission shift shaft is larger than the pin on the shifter link rod.

No, easy fix for this and replacing the shifter assembly will not help. This is a hard area to get to and the only fix would be to remove the entire shifter, machine an oversize pin and enlarge the link rod holes to accept the larger pin. Have to live with it for now.

I'm not one of the people that like dealers and will take my car in ONLY as a last resort.

JimE 07-05-2013 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by phatbastard (Post 6753251)
Had the car up on ramps to look for a fix for this. The only good news is that the stock shifter is a solid unit, no slops in the shifter, link rod or pins.

The bad news is the slop is in the transmission. The hole on the transmission shift shaft is larger than the pin on the shifter link rod.

No, easy fix for this and replacing the shifter assembly will not help. This is a hard area to get to and the only fix would be to remove the entire shifter, machine an oversize pin and enlarge the link rod holes to accept the larger pin. Have to live with it for now.

I'm not one of the people that like dealers and will take my car in ONLY as a last resort.

It can sometimes be hard to find a good dealership. And there are many people that feel like you do. The only downside is when you work on things yourself, and then can't fix it and decide to take it in, the warranty claim can be denied because you were working on it.

CrystalRedTintcoat 07-05-2013 08:33 PM

Do you have rattling mechanical clunking? Mine clanks and clunks like mad at low speed (in and out of the driveway), but if I shift "right" it doesn't happen.

I used to gripe about this when I first got my 1LE but have no learnt to drive it a bit differently. Not that this should be the fix but it has worked for me.

phatbastard 07-06-2013 05:39 PM

Have the clutch chatter noise when I pull in the sloped drive also, that is normal. The shifter rattle is not as bad as some of the people with after market shifters have sometimes. I went back under today and used some 1/2" ID heater hose split down the length to cover the shifter link rod. This helped take the edge off the rattle noise, not that bad now. Everything looks solid and functions well so, just have to go with it.

blapp 05-29-2014 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by phatbastard (Post 6730809)
Have had the car since February, lots of fun. The rattle from the stock shifter is rather bad at low to mid rpms under any load. Installed the Dynapad kit from MGW on the stock shifter (inside the car). This reduced the other noises but just made the shifter rattle more noticeable.

I can reduce the rattle by holding slight pressure on the shifter, but each gear requires a different direction and pressure to reduce it.

Is it the shifter pin slop or the rod that is part of the transmission that tends to make the rattle noise? Can I shim the shifter pin and clips to reduce this? Do not want to use the sticky Dynamat in the AZ heat and gum up the link rod and shifter.

Any way to reduce the noise / rattle?

I had a 2013 2ss convertible about 3 months ago with the same symptoms. The rattle/noise would occur when under load and was much worse at higher rpm's. I took it to the dealership to have it diagnosed and resolved. There were actually a handful of camaro's (4 out of 12) at the dealership with the same symptoms - a mix of v8 and v6's. The dealership worked with GM engineers to try and figure out the cause. They said the issue was caused by "stacked tolerances" in the shifter linkage. They attempted mutlple fixes but could not resolve it. In the end I had to get rid of the car becuase I just couldn't deal with it anymore. I believe they are still working on a fix. Although they were not able to resolve it for me, I have to say GM and the dealership really stepped up on this one...unfortunately I just couldn't wait any longer.


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