'96 Lumina gear shift lever is... sticky?



Hi all,

I’ve got a '96 Chevy Lumina sedan which has a problem with its gear shift lever. Last winter we noticed that in the colder weather it would become significantly harder to shift into gear. We didn’t pay much attention to it over the summer, but over the last month or so, even when it hit 90F here in Columbus, it’s getting worse. Now that it is getting colder again, it takes a real good amount of force to get it into gear, and I’m afraid to think what’s going to happen when it hits the 30’s or even lower.

I’m hoping it’s just a matter of lubing something, or maybe replacing a rubber thingy. As you might be able to tell by my highly technical jargon, I’m no mechanic. But when money is tight, it’s time to get creative, and I’m willing to get my hands a little dirty if it’s not going to risk my fingers getting torn off, or more importantly, doing more damage than is already there!

So, I turn to you kind, knowledgeable folks for advice. Any tips? Thank you!



Jeff, Just saw that you had the exact same problem I just posted today with my 98 Lumina.
Was wondering if you ever figured out what was wrong and/or get it fixed?
Thanks, Martin