1998 Saturn SL2 - button on shifter sticks

Tiny
OLTJ
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  • 1998 SATURN SL2
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
My 1998 Saturn SL2 has an automatic trans. Shifter on the "hump" between the front seats.

In cold weather the button that actives the shifter does not engage the gear shift.

The man at my favorite parts store recommends I "clean cable."

My question is: how do I get the shifter t-handle apart to clean it?
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 AT 9:05 PM

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Tiny
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Most of the time what I have seen was the lower shifter assembly get's all gummed up from spilling coffee soda etc. Or the solenoid that release's the shifter button when you step on the brake is all gummed up or bad. You have to remove the center console to see which it is.
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 AT 2:17 AM
Tiny
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1. Remove screws and remove arm rest, if equipped.

2. Lift parking brake lever.
3. Remove screw.
4. Remove parking brake cover by lifting straight off lever.

5. Move shifter to neutral. Remove ashtray from cup holder by lifting straight out.
6. Remove cup holder from console by pulling upwards starting at rear edge.

7. Remove ashtray bulb socket by lifting tab while sliding socket forward. Then pull socket straight out.
8. Remove wiring harness from cup holder.

9. Remove window/mirror switch, if equipped, by sliding switch forward then lifting at rear edge. Disconnect electrical connectors.

10. If vehicle does not have an arm rest, remove rear screw cover by lifting at cut out.
11. Remove rear console screws.

12. Remove left and right lower trim panel extensions by pulling outward at dual lock locations. Then rotate panels outward to disengage hinges from console.

13. Remove front console screws.
14. Move console rearward.
15. Disconnect cigarette lighter electrical connector.
16. Remove bulb socket from cigarette lighter by rotating clockwise and pulling straight out.

17. On automatic transmission equipped vehicles, tape shifter button in to clear shifter opening.
18. Lift console at rear. Slide console rearward and lift straight up to remove.
You remove your console then pop off the shift interlock solenoid end that attaches to your shifter assembly move it aside and then push your shifter release button and let it go and see if the lever that attaches to the solenoid smoothly return's to it's resting position or if it's sticking or slowly return's to it's resting position. Most of the time you can see all the stuff that get's spilled on it.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 10:06 PM

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