My shift lever is stiff when it's hot! (Dodge Grand Caravan)

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#1

Okay, get your minds outta the gutter, I’m serious.



2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, front wheel drive only, 3.8 engine, 3-speed automatic transmission.



If the car is in stop and go traffic, idling awhile at a drive-thru, or just idling while waiting for my wife to get shoes, the shift lever becomes very difficult to move. It’s very tight and makes a creak when it’s moved from Park to Drive, or from any position to any other position. I fear that someday it will become impossible to move at all.



I tried spraying hi-temp lubricant onto the linkage that I could see under the hood, but it made no difference.



I have a Haynes manual and it mentions a shift cable, but does not say how to replace it if that is the issue. Why would a cable be any more difficult to move when it gets hot, anyway?



Thanks for any insight you guys and gals may have!


#2

well the very first line of your post shot a big hole in my reply. dang.