My shifter broke on my steering wheel when i was about to change gear into park in my 2000 Chevy Astro van. It is an automatic transmission. Can I repair it myself and how. Or what is your suggestion? thanks for your time.
This happens quite a bit with normal wear and tear, since you use the shifter every time you drive the Astro. Parts become weak, stressed, etc, and finally break. You probably actually broke the aluminum housing that the shifter fits into. That is what normally breaks in these situations. It is a job you can do yourself if you are familiar with the workings and disassembly and reassembly of late model steering columns. You have to take it down quite a bit to replace the housing for the shifter. There are also some special tools required. This might be a bit too much for a novice, and you wouldn’t want to get it half apart and then not know what to do and have to have it towed to a shop to be fixed. Just some friendly advice. You can easily remove the plastic covers around the steering column and get a good look at what exactly broke, and then make your decision if you’re going to repair it yourself.