reference of a gearbox cable

Gearbox cables for cars: operation, types and benefits

It is essential to thoroughly understand everything about automotive Gearbox Cables and how they impact the performance of all types of vehicles. Gearbox Cables are essential parts that directly impact the driving experience. In this article, we will explain their function, types and benefits.


Operation of the Gearbox Cables

The gearbox cable is the mechanical component that transfers the movements of the shift lever to transmit the power to the different gear ratios.

It is a specific cable developed with push-pull technology, because it works in tension and compression, unlike the traditional cable that only works in traction and is manufactured with a material that is highly resistant to corrosion and friction.

The inner cable is made of steel and protected by a flexible pressure resistant polyethylene sheath with plastic or metal terminals and aluminum insulating material in some cases. The sheath guides the cable in order to facilitate power transmission.

Gearbox Cable Types

There are different versions of gearbox cables, in our range, you can find the following:


(selector or shift)


(selector and shift assembly)

Our line of gearbox cables, with more than 1.500 references, is compatible and adaptable for use in either manual or automatic transmission vehicles and for left-hand or right-hand drive vehicles.

They are available for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and truck/bus.

Lengths and weights depend on the type of vehicle and can range from 1m to 10m and weights from 600g to 5kg.


Benefits of using quality Gearbox Cables

Having a reliable supplier is important to ensure that the parts you invest in meet the quality and safety standards required for the correct operation of the car.

One of the main benefits is that the most recognized suppliers and present in the TecDoc digital catalogue, usually offer warranties on their products, which means that in case you encounter any problem in the part, you can get your replacement.

In addition to the development of more precise connectors, which allows dealers and workshops to install our gearbox cables in an easier, faster and safer way.

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When carrying out the replacement, professionals should ensure that the correct lengths and terminals are installed (refer to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications).

Replacement should be considered if any irregularities in shift patterns or difficulties during driving are detected. By investing in regular maintenance and replacement of the gearbox cables, correct and safe driving is ensured.

For more than 10 years, BCAR has been offering a wide range of spare parts in more than 50 countries. With more than 1.500 references available in the market, we guarantee quality and excellence in all our ranges, being recognized for our high standard and commitment to all products for the independent aftermarket.