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    Arrow Shift Mechanism Pink Thingy Explained - with links.

    OK, it seems like there are way too many threads out there about this thing, and so I thought I'd better make one more! I wanted to make it easier to find the information, because there's folks in each thread looking for the others.

    Here's the deal. There's a plastic part in the shift mechanism (underneath the shift lever), that is part of the ignition interlock system. It has been known to break, by an increasing number of owners, and when it does, it stops recognizing that the key is in the ignition. As a result, it will not shift out of park - unless you pull it all apart.


    kudasai did an outstanding write-up which explains the broken piece and how to mend it. If you're only going to read one thread, this is the one:

    shifter problems and fix

    And here's Hemi Mag showing you how to pull it all apart and either replace it or repair it:

    How to install your Pink thingy (w/ pics)



    The piece that breaks is shown here - the hook that the spring is attached to, breaks:
    http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...f/IMG_7460.jpg" target="_new">http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...f/IMG_7460.jpg" border="0" alt="Thumbnail" title="Thumbnail" width="300" />
    Click to view the original image


    If you're under warranty, they'll replace the whole shifter mechanism, but if you're not, it's pricey. kudasai and Cam have good fixes out there to save some money, which involve wiring the spring to the broken catch, or using a cotter pin to do the same. These work great, and they're cheap to do. They're both outlined in kudasai's thread. I've been using a cotter pinned pink thingy for years.

    Here's one with the cotter pin fix:
    http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...f/IMG_6076.jpg" target="_new">http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...f/IMG_6076.jpg" border="0" alt="Thumbnail" title="Thumbnail" width="300" />
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    Now then, Scott (1FST4DR) had the same thing happen to his. After a bunch of other folks chimed in that they had the same problem, Scott decided to see if BilletTech could create a replacement for that "Too-often breaking little pink shifter lock thingy".

    They did:



    http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...f/IMG_7463.jpg" target="_new">http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...f/IMG_7463.jpg" border="0" alt="Thumbnail" title="Thumbnail" width="300" />
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    Here's the difference the factory made in the recent years - I don't have a side-by-side with an old one, but here's what it looks like now, compared to a BT piece (you can kind of see a thin black line I drew on the pink part showing the profile of the old hook, much thinner):

    http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...-30_131200.jpg" target="_new">http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...-30_131200.jpg" border="0" alt="Thumbnail" title="Thumbnail" width="300" />
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    They also increased the size (and pull) of the spring, for some reason (blue is new):
    http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...-30_130926.jpg" target="_new">http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...-30_130926.jpg" border="0" alt="Thumbnail" title="Thumbnail" width="300" />
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    That's the long and short of it. Here are more threads for your reading pleasure.

    (If anybody sees another thread, link, or update that should be included here, please let me know - it's really helpful to me if you let me know, since I haven't been around quite as much as I used to be.

    You can post it here in the thread or send me a PM if you have something that should be included, and if I think it should too, I'll put it up here. )

    shifter problems and fix

    HELP! Car wont shift out of park?

    Stuck In Park!! Help Please!!!

    *UPDATE: Brake/Park Shifter Broken Pink Thingy

    Too-often breaking little pink shifter lock thingy.FEELER

    Little Pink Shifter "Thingy"... What Happened Before it Broke????

    SNEAK peak at pink thingy!!!

    It's No longer PINK!! The official price is here!

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    thanks for combining all of this.


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    Made corrections to the first post - it's not the brake interlock mechanism (BTSI), it's the ignition interlock mechanism.

    Pete had already explained it briefly in kudasai's thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by fnkychkn View Post
    the part that breaks is for the ignition interlock. it prevents shifting out of park unless the ignition switch is in an unlocked position. if you remove the broken pink lever, the shifter will always be unlocked and can be moved out of park at any time, even with the ignition key out.
    don't recommend anyone do this, just trying to explain how it works.
    And he goes on to explain it further (thank you Pete):

    "The BTSI is released by a brake switch actuated solenoid. that's why you can't shift out of park when the battery is disconnected or discharged. the BTSI prevents the shifter from moving sideways out of the PARK gate. the ignition interlock is just a cable linking the ignition lock to the shifter and it prevents the shifter from moving back through the other positions. even if you remove the "pink thingy" that breaks, you'll still have to step on the brake pedal to disengage the BTSI. you can verify this by leaving the key in the "LOCK" position, removing the cubby next to the shifter and pressing the "pink thingy" that doesn't break. this will allow the shifter to move sideways out of the PARK gate but will not allow the shifter to be moved rearward to other positions. in order to move the shifter rearward, the key must be inserted and turned to any position but "LOCK"."
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    Your write-ups kick friggin ass, Mike. Really Even technical dumb arses like myself can make sense of pretty much anything with such detail.
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    Bump for folks in case anyone missed it.

    See the link in the post above this one if you want to go the replacement route.

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    I did indeed miss this one, Mike.

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    Noob question - does this issue apply to all years, models (mag, charger...) and all trims (SXT, RT...)? I just pulled out the card holder to the right of the shifter and sure enough, saw the pink lever - assuming the rest is the same if I go further.

    2nd question - is there a thread showing steps to disassemble it all v. starting with the shift box already out? (thanks for combining / linking all threads along with the "pink shift" title.)
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    Yeah, I wonder if this applies to 2008's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzo View Post
    Noob question - does this issue apply to all years, models (mag, charger...) and all trims (SXT, RT...)? I just pulled out the card holder to the right of the shifter and sure enough, saw the pink lever - assuming the rest is the same if I go further.
    I can't speak to that directly, but the piece is the same on an '07 300 Touring and an '06 Daytona - those I know first-hand, at least from above, without disassembling everything.

    2nd question - is there a thread showing steps to disassemble it all v. starting with the shift box already out? (thanks for combining / linking all threads along with the "pink shift" title.)
    I haven't seen one that details disconnecting the cabling from the front - and on mine, there are at least two cables coming to the front (mechanical cables, in addition to the electrical).

    I'll see about getting all the good info together, and getting something out there.

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    I am not sure if this has been posted on the Lxforums, but someone on the chargerforums posted a temporary fix if the shifter breaks.

    http://www.chargerforums.com/forums/...ad.php?t=77641

    The fix is only good until you have to put the car back into park, where the shifter will stick again.
    But at least the fix allows you to get the shifter to move so you can drive the car to the dealer.

    Per the thread, there is a cable inside the shifter box that can be pushed to the left, which will release the shifter from park.

    You need a very long screw driver or thin tool to reach the cable.

    Someone later in the thread explained in more detail how to use the cable to release the shifter as follows-
    I put the screwdriver down the hole, then hold the screw driver and the gear shifter in the same hand and shift like normal. The right movement of the screwdriver/gearshifter moves the end of the screwdriver left, like a lever, pushing the release wire left, perfectly. I thought I'd say something, because my first try I was using two hands, trying to keep the screwdriver straight and move it left while I moved the gearshifter right, and it wasn't working.
    http://www.chargerforums.com/forums/...9&postcount=29

    I just took this picture of the cable in my car. It looks like it is about 4-5 inches inside the box.



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    Youtube of removing center console (though it's not actually removed) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3b8GJ3R_jM

    Youtube of shift park lockout installation (once shifter is out) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_QMSBpYThI

    I'm more visual than written instructions, so still searching for more input on the complete process. I don't think BT has done the "part 2" of putting it back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzo View Post
    Youtube of removing center console (though it's not actually removed) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3b8GJ3R_jM

    Youtube of shift park lockout installation (once shifter is out) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_QMSBpYThI

    I'm more visual than written instructions, so still searching for more input on the complete process. I don't think BT has done the "part 2" of putting it back in.
    Good video "explanation" of removing the center console, but I am also more of a visual guy and would like to see it actually done. If anyone has pics or video of it being done, please post it.

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    Complete video of removal of center console should be up and running by tuesday.There will be a link added to our website..

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    I can step on the brake and the shifter lever will go to the right. I pressed on the pick release and yes it will allow me to do the same thing move the shifter to the right. However, once it is to the right it will not go down into drive. So, it does not sound like the pink release ios broken it has to be something else. I'm I correct?

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