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Had transmission apart to fix hole. now gear shift is stiff ??? could it be in transmission or is shift cable seized?

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This can be diagnosed by removing cables at the trans and verifying cables and shifter,then the movement of the actual shifter housing on the trans. Shift cables are a fairly common item

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