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1990 Chevrolet Cavalier Question: Is there a grease plug or how to grease a gearbox of a 1990 Chevy Cavalier 5 spd

 

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Groovette1985, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Alum Creek, WV, January 24, 2013, 14:05
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My gearshift is freezing and can't change gears when its cold outside, until the car warms up and thaws out. How can I grease the gearbox and shifter cables to keep it from doing that. Before I have to replace another shifter cable.

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    gmc4me January 24, 2013, 14:12
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    There is a grafite lubricant that is used on motorcycle cables which would be best but there is a little tool nedded to attach around the cable then add the graphit lubricant. Have you taken the cable off the neutral safety switch to verify that the cable is actually your problem? I have seen guys spray wd40 down the cable but thats up to you.

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    ziptie12 January 24, 2013, 18:24
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    With the engine off , does the shifter move freely? If it's only hard to shift while running , maybe it has got the incorrect trans fluid/oil in it?

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    pushrod January 24, 2013, 21:46
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    Try pumping the clutch pedal, about 10 times before shifting next time, to see if it helps. Hyd. clutch may give trouble after sitting over night.
    Then be ok while driving! Problem more pronounced when cold. (maybe) Like answer 2 suggest, try shifting with eng. off to see if it shifts ok. Then try it with eng. running. If it is different, poss. clutch or lube problem! I don't think it is a shift cable binding when cold.

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