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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Sluggish/Poor Manual Shift Action

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I have a 2008 Cobalt Sport with the 5-speed manual. Within the past 6-9 months, I have noticed the shifter action getting progressively more...sluggish. It almost feels as if it is a little gooey, like I'm trying to shift through a bowl of dough or something. When I return to the neutral gate, if I move the shifter to the left or right (as if I was about to engage 1st or rev. for example) the shifter will stay cocked in that direction, rather than returning to centered. Shift effort seems slightly higher than in previous years. The engagements in the gears are still positive and otherwise the transmission performance seems normal. Any ideas as to the problem?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 08:52 AM
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Welcome to the forum! As a Customer Service Representative, I don't have much technical insight apart from what I may be able to glean from an owner's manual or a few other limited resources. I hope you get some great tips from this community - they're pretty stellar!

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Check your shifter bushings on the base of the shifting assembly and see if they are worn

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 02:05 PM
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check for binding in the center console area where the cables meet the shifter. i would also suggest changing your trans fluid and using Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF. made a big difference in my car.

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