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Q: Car shift gear is stiff

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I'm having a hard time shift gears on car it's stiff

My car has 14100 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. A car that refuses to shift or go into gear easily is trying to tell you something is wrong and in most cases the culprit is the shifting linkage or the automatic transmission. Transmissions are very complicated and have many moving parts, ignoring a hard to shift issue can quickly spiral into a very expensive transmission repair. This is why it’s always a good idea to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location to complete a car is hard to shift inspection first, before taking your vehicle to a repair shop.

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