Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY
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    Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    Hey all. I'm new to this forum and to LR/RR. I'm usually over on Expedition Portal for my '98 Montero but I wanted to post here as I didn't see much in the vein of DIY/tech write ups for the RRS vs. this forum. My wife just purchased a 2014 RRS with 49k miles and I now 'get it' as far as why these trucks have such a rabid following! I like simple when it comes to my vehicles but I'm learning to appreciate all the gadgetry engineered into this beast. Unfortunately it left her stranded within a week of ownership, requiring a AAA tow back to the house this weekend. The gear shift button broke while she was parallel parking and left her stuck in the middle of a busy street here in LA. The shop said it'd be around $600 to replace the entire shifter plus labor and 5-6 days just to get the part delivered. I did find some replacement buttons on foreign sites similar to ebay for around $20 but delivery time was 12-18 days. So I tore into it..

    Using my mini screw driver set, I carefully pried off the gear position indicator plate which appears to be held on by an adhesive/double sided tape. I then used the small driver to carefully pop the parking button off.
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    You can see the parts removed to the right of the pic, they're upside down to show the small clips on the P button and the back of the plate.
    The small screw in the shifter is a Torx 8. Remove this long screw and you'll then be able to pop out the cover with a small screwdriver.
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    From there, carefully maneuver the electrical switch unit out of the shifter by pushing on the shifter button and guiding the whole piece towards you. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE PIECE OF THE BUTTON THAT HAS BROKEN OFF. You'll need this to guide the length of your repair later.
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    Now you can turn the unit to the side and see how the shift button is connected. It swivels on two small points as seen just to the right of my thumb nail in the next photo. You can disconnect the electrical connector and take the whole unit into the house to get better lighting. Study the button, its arm and the slide on the unit that the arm contacts and pushes to enable shifting. You'll likely find that the tip of the arm is broken off completely so that the arm no longer contacts the slide, hence stuck in park. Now VERY carefully use a small screwdriver to push one of the small axles in and CAREFULLY maneuver the button off of that axle/nub and then do the same to the other side. It took me a few tries and one side was easier to get off vs the other but I don't recall which side. The other side will then require a similar technique to free it. Be really cautious and take your time. If you break either post, you're pretty much SOL. Once you visualize the part, you'll understand..
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    With the button removed, you can see that when pressed, it pushes the long plastic arm which then presses the slide on the unit and allows shifting out of park. Again, the tip will likely be broken off as the arm tapers at the end which weakens the plastic arm at the pressure point over time and it just breaks off. Lousy design.
    I debated several ways to remedy this and came up with using a cotter pin that slides perfectly onto the arm with the cotter pin eye extending out to the same length as the arm with the small broken off piece. It's important that you keep the broken piece so that you'll know how much of the cotter pin end to trim off so that your repaired arm is the same length as OEM.
    I used a very small piece of tape to attach the broken bit to the arm and then line up my cotter pin to find the right length. I did have to trim the pin a bit. I also had to bend the legs of the cotter pin a bit so that when it slid onto the arm, the legs stayed flush against the arm vs flaring out to ensure stability in the grooves of the arm. I pinched the eye of the cotter pin to narrow it down so that it would fit through the tunnel on the electrical unit. You'll see.. I also had to bend the tip/eye of the cotter pin up a bit so that once installed, it had an angle at the tip. In my version, if I left the eye straight it would have been partially actuating the slide on the electrical unit. The slight bend allows the slide to fully close when the button is installed back onto its axles. I know this sounds a bit complicated but once you get a cotter pin or similar metal piece onto the plastic arm and installed, I think it'll make sense. It took me a couple of times to get the shape of the cotter pin correct so that the slide on the unit had full range of motion. Made me a little nervous removing/installing the button a few times as the posts are really delicate as I mentioned.
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    The pics don't show the bend at the end of the pin I mentioned, apologies. I was too excited to get the thing back together and test it out! Once I was sure about the configuration, I dabbed a bit of epoxy onto the cotter pin legs and the arm of the button to maybe give it a bit more support.
    Threw it all back together, started 'er up and bam, down the road I went, $800 richer!
    A bit long in the narrative I know but I wanted to hit the details that made this work. Hope this helps. Lemme know if you have a different approach as the cotter pin was just something I had handy.
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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    I also found a replacement part on Aliexpress.com

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Stal...914981875.html

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    AWESOME right up! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    This is easily one of my favorite posts of all time. Great job! Hope that others will continue posting their DIY fixes!

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    Great thread. Thanks

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    Thanks guys, really appreciate the feedback!

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    Nice work... a bit too late for me since I paid to replace the shifter 2 weeks ago.

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    This is really good thanks ...

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    you are a genius man. i was 300 miles from home when this happened to me , with a fully loaded trailer 2 dogs and a child in the car. i stripped it off as you said and used a screwdriver to poke in into drive and away we went , no Land Rover deal for 200 miles. im off to the store to get a cotter pin for temp repair then i will order new button from aliexpress. brilliant thanks

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    update, split pit worked a dream and all ok now, i asked JLR for a quote to fix this and sent fotos , they came back with 830 euro cost. i challenged them and the came back again with a 64 euro button kit d dLR117072 wewewdddfdsf

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    Hi When you paid to replace the shifter what they thet replace, as i spoke to one dealer and they said it has to be the Whole unit, for £510

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    https://www.brit-car.co.uk/product.p..._shift_trigger her is the reference for the trigger kit i ordered. i just need the lever part however i will change all


    cheers

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    thats what they tried to do to me

    cheers

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    Re: Sport L494 broken shifter button fix, DIY

    @SlimPickins thanks for the great write-up, much appreciated

    Has anyone replaced the Start-Stop button? the plastic on mine is peeling off
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