944 Sloppy Shifter?
If you have a shifter that feels really sloppy in your 944, it is probably because the shift pin is worn out. Generally this is an easy fix, pop in a new shift lever and usually it takes care of it. On occasion though, the actual shift rod will wallow out, which is a little bigger issue.
I have been doing some maintenance to the dragon to get it ready to sell, and one thing I have always had was a wallowed out shift rod. When i put the new motor in last year, I completely forgot to swap out rod while everything was apart….DOH!
Normally this is the pin that wears out and will resemble an “hour glass.” This shift lever is probably 4 years old, and still in good shape.
Here is the other issue. As you can see, one is not like the other. Since i had a spare shift rod laying around, I will just install that and the slop will be gone. If you don’t have a spare rod laying around, you can carefully drill out the rod, and epoxy in some brass tubing of the correct size and create a new bushing for the pin to ride in.