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Stiff Switching gears

One morning I trying to switch by car out of park and the shifter would not move. It look a lot of effort but finally it shifted but it was like trying to move a stick through honey on a cold day. Trying to move the lever after was just as bad. I repeatedly shifted from Park to Drive about 10 times and then it began to move like normal. Since this day, every time my car has been sitting for a few hours, the shifting if hard but repeated moving through the range or just driving my car for my commute brings it back to normal. The car itself drives and shifts gears fine. It's just the lever that it tough. I think it may be the cable. Everything was fine before that one morning when it felt locked up in park. We've have single digit cold here before and this was not an issue, but could the cold be affecting the system now? My mechanic says he can't diagnose the issue if it goes away by the time I get to him. Thanks for any help.

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It sounds much like failed linkage which is better than about anything else you checked.
I recommend procuring a Haynes or Chilton manual for your car. It will not only help you locate the source of your current misery but serve you well in the future too. They are available at about any auto parts store for ~$20 US 

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check the shift cable for rust and make sure it is moving freely and if rusty spray some WD40 on it and then a light coating of grease

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Your shift cable needs to be adjusted. I would take it to the garage that installed it and have them adjust it.
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