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Shift Gate Trim Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Shift Gate Trim Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$30

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small Screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne (2004-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Shift gate trim piece

Hot Tip:

Keep the transmission in neutral

Performance Gain:

Repairs manual shift mode for the Tiptronic.

Complementary Modification:

Change transmission fluid

One common problem with the Cayenne is the inability to get the Tiptronic module to go into manual mode when moving the shift lever over to the left. The shift lever tells the computer its relative position by two small sensors located in the black plastic shift gate trim cover at the base of the shift lever. Over time, the plastic gate trim tears due to age. The result is that the computer can no longer determine which position the shift lever is at.

The good news is that fixing the problem is relatively easy. The trim piece can be replaced in under an hour, restoring the functionality of the manual shift mode. In this article I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the trim piece.

Shown here is the gearshift assembly with a torn shift gate trim piece.
Figure 1

Shown here is the gearshift assembly with a torn shift gate trim piece.

Open the center console and locate the wrench at the bottom (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

Open the center console and locate the wrench at the bottom (yellow arrow). Use the wrench to remove the two trim screws (green arrows). Remove the black trim piece and start to pry the center console panel up and off.

Maneuver the center console panel around the gearshift knob and place it off to the side.
Figure 3

Maneuver the center console panel around the gearshift knob and place it off to the side.

Now turn the key on but do not start the engine.
Figure 4

Now turn the key on but do not start the engine. Leave the parking brake on and shift the car into neutral. Grab the shift knob (yellow arrow) and pull it up and straight off. It should take a bit of force to remove it. Now press the six black plastic tabs (green arrows) in and carefully pry the shift console cover off.

Now release the four plastic tabs (green arrows) holding the black plastic piece holding the circuit board onto the console and carefully pull it up and off.
Figure 5

Now release the four plastic tabs (green arrows) holding the black plastic piece holding the circuit board onto the console and carefully pull it up and off.

With the circuit board removed, you can now see the original trim piece ripped into three sections (green arrows).
Figure 6

With the circuit board removed, you can now see the original trim piece ripped into three sections (green arrows). You can also see the sensors placed in the trim pieces.

Carefully remove the old trim sections from the rails in the sides of the shift housing.
Figure 7

Carefully remove the old trim sections from the rails in the sides of the shift housing. Once all are removed, it's a good idea to apply a small amount of silicone lubricant to the rails on either side and carefully work the new trim piece into place.

And here's the finished result, restoring the manual shift mode.
Figure 8

And here's the finished result, restoring the manual shift mode. Take your time installing the new trim piece. It can be a bit tricky to get it fitted in just right. You may also need to move the shift lever back and forth a few times to get the angle just right.

When re-installing the shift console circuit board, take note of the electrical contacts as shown here (green arrow).
Figure 9

When re-installing the shift console circuit board, take note of the electrical contacts as shown here (green arrow). Take care not to bend the contacts when pushing the board back down onto the shift housing. After this step, all that remains is to put the upper cover back on. Additionally, when re-installing the shift knob, tilt the knob forward slightly. This will move the spring forward and make it easier to push the knob back on.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Mega Comments: Hi Nick
Can you please tell me also how to adjust the shifter cable on a Cayenne 2003 turbo it is a single cable and for the life of me I can't work it out
Thanks
November 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Where are you trying to adjust it? I am not sure it is adjustable. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mega Comments: Hi Nick
I have taken out the electrical board under the shifter and have found that it has fixed the problem of the key intermittently not coming out message saying put into park but if course now I can't use manual mode on the shifter.
Icarsoft always gives me message of selector lever which I clear and then comes back
Is the electrical board the selector lever fault and is this board sold individual
Thanks
Nick Mega
November 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it is likely part of the shift module. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mega Comments: Thanks Nick
Had a look at the electrical connectors and they look good today went for a drive with it working has been working for close to a week After parking for a few hours jumped back in and it stopped again drove home 30 minute drive still wasn't working Parked the car and pressed down on the roller gate blind 20-30 times switched off the ignition went back to it 30 minutes later and it began working again
Do you think the electronic board under the roller gate could have a dry solder contact or do you think it could be the roller gate itself
Thanks
October 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The circuit board could be at fault. Very common for fluid to ruin them - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mega Comments: I've got a 2004 tt and have had issues with manual mode on the tiptronic only with the shifter steering wheel works fine. Went over all the issues people have posted and still have the problem. Ran out of ideas so on my last thought I purposely went over a pot hole on the road and the manual mode selection started working on the shifter again
If anyone has some thoughts on this please let me know
October 12, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a loose or worn electrical connector. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jdubbya Comments: So apparently the new sunshade did come with the small round piece that goes around the shifter shaft. It must have fallen out, I found another one on the floor of the car yesterday. Doh!!
October 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OOPS. Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jdubbya Comments: One more update on this subject. In the article I'm not sure how you guys got the new "sunshade" in place. What I found was the white housing at the bottom of the stack comes out with just four tabs, two on either side. Then if you turn it over there are two tabs that hold the halves together. With a little careful prying you can pop the two halves apart and then slide the new sunshade in place.

Couple of notes. I didn't notice that the small round ring that surrounds the shift lever doesn't come with the new part, you need to slide it off the old one and transfer it to the new one, BEFORE putting it all back together. It will slide in from one side of the new sunshade and rides in grooves.

Also I mentioned before the trim on the shift handle pulls off straight up, well I noticed that either I broke mine pulling the handle off last time or it was already broken. There is a small tab deep inside the handle, not sure how you get to it to pop it loose though.

Also pay attention to the orientation of the new sunshade. the little magnets should go toward the passenger side. Yeah I did it backwards the first time.

I am now VERY good at getting all the parts of the shift lever assembly apart and back together though. :
September 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jdubbya Comments: It looks like the penny must have damaged something so looks like I'll be pulling this back apart again to replace the cover. Mine now sometimes doesn't recognize when I slide it over to manual mode. Looks like you have the part in stock and it's #95555226500. Ordering one up now!!
September 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jdubbya Comments: Thanks for posting this. I needed it for a bit of a different reason though. I toss change in my ashtray instead of keeping it in my pocket. On,uhm,spirited take offs though some of the change can come sliding out. : Well wouldn't you know it a penny slid right down inside the housing and I couldn't get it out. It was starting to affect the man/auto sensing though, probably because it was jamming up the lower cover.

Took it all apart tonight using your instructions but I had to go one step further and remove the lower white housing to get the penny out.

Oh and one trick if you are having trouble getting the shift knob back on properly. Take the top trim off the knob, it slides up off the knob. Then you can see the inside of the knob and can see how the hook from the button needs to catch the loop on top of the shift lever.
August 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
kieran Comments: Hello, this seems like the fix I need for the same problem on my car. I am in the UK and have a right hand drive. I take it that the shade cover part listed here is for left hand drive only? If so, any idea where I can get a right hand drive one? Or am I missing the point? i.e. this part will work for both lhd and rhd? Please let me know. Thanks.
January 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure about left vs right hand drive. It may be the same. Best bet to check part numbers for both models and see if they match . - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Big G Comments: That has been a great help installed a cleaned with the hour works perfect a saved money !
May 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Cali_reader Comments: Just curious.. Why don't you link to parts in your catalog that are referenced in the guide? For instance.. The reader must manual search for "shift gate trim piece" in your search bar. It would be much slicker if the was a link.
January 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. We are working on that and a lot of other features. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tcooper Comments: This fixed a seemingly random problem of my Cayenne switching to manual shift.
May 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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