Q: The shift lever is hard to move.

asked by on

The shift lever is hard to move.
My car has an automatic transmission.

When a shifter becomes hard to move, it is usually the interlock cable. AKA, shift cable. This cable slides in a housing and connects directly to the transmission. When this cables becomes worn, it gets hard to move inside the housing. There is also a shift lever assembly, which is what you are grabbing when you move your car in and out of gear. Both of these are the main culprits with hard to move shifters.

There is a slim possibility the problem is in the transmission. If this is the case you will need a technician to help out. I recommend having a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose your cars shifting issue.

Now if it is just hard to get out of park, you have a shift interlock problem. The solenoids that release the shift lever when step on the brake pedal often get week or gummed up. When this occurs, they usually will intermittently work.

Good luck!

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. The shift lever is hard to move.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car revving without gas

Do these "excursions" in engine speed occur only when the car is in gear (driving on the road)? If you have uncommanded acceleration in park, or failure of engine speed to return smoothly to idle after speeding up the engine...

Q: My car won't engage 1st gear 2006 Audi A4

Hi there - I believe the problem is more likely with the 1st gear set in the transmission. If the clutch works in one gear, it will work in all gears. While a bad flywheel would cause the vibration and...

Q: I changed my brakes and they still squeak I applied the brake stop squeak and they still squeak

Hi there. The leading cause of brakes squealing after replacing the pads is excessive brake dust trapped between the caliper and the rotor. Typically when brake jobs are completed, a professional mechanic will spray brake cleaner liberally on the calipers...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...