Voyager 1999 shifting arm gets stuck

Discussion in 'Voyager' started by Leon Stepanian, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Hi to all on this board.

    I have a 1999 Voyager with a very weird problem. The car runs well and
    the automatic transmission works fine. No that's not the problem. Ha
    Ha Ha.

    The problems is when I drive the car for an extended period of time
    and then put the shifter in park, the shifter is very hard to move
    through the different park to drive positions. If I let the car sit
    for a little while, the shifter works fine again.

    It's as though the shifter is rubbing like metal to metal, but only if
    the car is driven for a while. This is getting to be quite a worry
    because of the type of work I do, I am some time driving for hours and
    I could wind up stuck in the boondocks without a shifter.

    But all during this time, the automatic tranny is shifting well and
    has never given any sence of any other problems.

    I'd appreciate any input from some knowledgeable people here before I
    bring it into a garage for a check up.
    Leon Stepanian, Jun 9, 2004
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  2. Please clarify: Are you saying that once you've parked the car it is
    difficult to get the shifter to move out of Park, but once you do get it
    out of Park it moves freely? Or are you saying that it is equally
    difficult to move from Park to Reverse as it is to move from Reverse to
    Neutral and Neutral to Drive?

    If it's the first (hard to get it out of park) the overwhelmingly most
    likely explanation is that you are not using the parking brake or not
    using it properly (it needs to be applied BEFORE you shift into Park, and
    released AFTER you shift out of Park.)

    Daniel J. Stern, Jun 9, 2004
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  3. Thanks for your reply Dan.

    Once the car has been driven for a while, it is equally difficult to
    get the shifter to move from drive to any other position and back. The
    shifter is movement, regardlees of which direction, is very hard, like
    metal on metal rubbing. And the brake pedal is always pushed as usual
    before attempting any shift. Plus when it finally gets into park,
    removing the key is difficult and I have to repeat the shifting a few
    times before the key can be removed.

    I don't think this is a tranny problem since the tranny is shifting

    Thanks again.

    Leon Stepanian, Jun 9, 2004
  4. Linkage/cable problem. You're missing one or more bushings or the cable
    needs replacement.

    Daniel J. Stern, Jun 9, 2004
  5. Leon Stepanian

    Dave Gower Guest

    I had a similar problem when I purchased my 98 Grand Voyager last year and
    it was solved by lubricating the shift mechanism. Mine was on the column,
    and I should have thought to disconnect the battery first, since the spray
    lubricant I used shorted and drained the battery over several hours, but
    after that was taken care of the linkage has been perfect ever since.
    Dave Gower, Jun 13, 2004
  6. Thanks you guys.

    Following your leads, I managed to get to my shifter and removed the
    cable to see i the shifter itself was hard. Worked fine. I then
    removed the cable connection on the tranny and moved the cable in and
    out to see how it was. The cable was definitely exhibiting roughness
    that resembled the hard shifting movement.

    I replaced the cable and things are now back to normal. Thanks again.
    Leon Stepanian, Jun 17, 2004
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