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Old 04-19-2010, 05:57 AM   #1
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Stiff Shifter, Automatic Trans.

I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, 4x4, Crew Cab, 47K miles and automatic transmission. I was traveling on business and the truck was parked for three weeks and when I returned, the shifter lever was very stiff, difficult to move from Park to Drive. After a day or two of normal driving, the shifter moved normal but Iíve noticed when ever itís parked for an extended period of time (> week), the shifter is stiff to move.

Any ideas what is the problem?
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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I have an 05 and have the same problem. I started driving a 5 speed my son-in-law gave me to save on gas and after a few weeks of sitting it's stiff as hell. So is the power steering. Neither of the fluids have been changed so I'm going to do that anyway but right now I'm going to check out the linkage and console.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:20 PM   #3
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I removed the shift knob then the console on my 05 just snaps out whenpulled on from both sides. I removed the shift indicator cover by lifting outon the snaps on each side then removed the rubber slide and lubricated thelinkage and cable. There's a little switch just an inch left of the shifterwhen in park that overrides the break lock and I held that down while movingthe shifter back and forth through all gears. Be sure your parking break is onwhen doing this. Just took a couple sprays and several passes through the gearsand all is fine now.

Gotta get the power steering fluid changed now and hope it's not the pump.
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