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WHAT WOULD CAUSE MY CONSOLE NOT TO SHIFT INTO GEAR WHEN THE CAR IS COLD? on 1998 Saturn SW2

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WHENEVER THE WEATHER IS COLD, MY CAR WILL NOT SHIFT INTO GEAR UNLESS I LET IT WARM UP AND SOMETIMES IT TAKES WELL OVER 15 MINS TO FINALLY SHIFT INTO GEAR.
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My 1997 chevy van had a similar problem. The Brake pedal was linked to a locking mechanism on the shift cable along side the steering column.(column shift, auto trans) Cold weather seemed to make it worse, at first. This mechanism was piggy-backing on the shift cable and was easy to remove. I would recommend following the shift cable and looking for a similar device.