*** Re-posting to this board what I sent to Car Talk ***
People keep telling me to go on Car Talk to stump you guys… so here I am.
I have a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. Mostly maintained by myself (brakes, oil changes, etc). Always follow service schedule.
I moved to Seattle in 2012 (from the cold Midwest). When the Tucson is parked for more than a day or two in rain, the transmission shifter sticks as if someone took wads of semi-dried chewing gum and stuffed it down inside the shift console (located center column between driver and passenger). In addition to the sticky behavior, the transmission does not always change from park, to reverse, neutral, or drive.
I learned that if I rock the transmission shifter, from park to drive, over and over, the “stickiness” starts to go away, and eventually after 10 or so tries, it shifts like it should: smooth.
Unfortunately, when it rains (Seattle), the sticking problem returns and I have to repeat the rocking process. Again, when this problem appears, it doesn’t always go into drive (or back to park!). So I have to “rock” it until it’s smooth. Only then will it go into into drive and/or park. Like I said, rock it enough times and it’ll smooth itself out, and go into drive and park like it normally should.
Note: transmission appears to work just fine. No hiccups or trouble shifting gears when driving.
I’ll make stuffed blue cheese burgers with caramelized onions and thick hearty mushrooms (with a few beers to wash it down) if you can figure this one out.