Originally Posted by trantor12020
adam, perhaps you could disconnect the shifter cables from the lever and check whether the stiffness is at the lever gear mechanism or the cable/s.
I agree, and suspect it's the cable. If it is, it's probably a Teleflex Morse cable. if it is, don't waste your time trying to lube it. Replace the cable. It has been explained to me that these cables seize up because moisture penetrates the outer casing and the cable starts to rust. Eventually, they seize up completely!
Replace both your throttle and shifter cables at the same time. It's not much more additional work to do 'em both.
Before you pull the old cables, count and record the number of threads exposed at each end. This will make it easy for you duplicate the setup of the new cables and save you lots of monkeying around.
Also, inspect the old cables carefully. You're likely to find a place where the outer casing was rubbed away, which is probably the root cause of you problem. You should correct that.
The cables cost somewhere around $30 - $50. Beats pulling the transmission!