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Q: Feels like a broken shifter cable

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No symptoms leading up to parking just before it began. Parked car then returned.. Started normally, but gear shift arm freely travels to every gear without engaging drive train. Shifts between 2- 4 WD, traction control normal.

My car has 103000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is definitely related to a shift linkage which is likely broken or loose. Sometimes the shift linkage bushings wear out and will cause this problem. There is a repair kit out on the market for this that is relatively inexpensive to purchase. However, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose the issue with your gears for an accurate repair.

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