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Why is the gear selector on my 1991 BMW 525 very stiff?

I recently wrote to you about problems with a 1991 BMW 525 SE automatic. After a very robust drive in a hilly domain the selector of the gearbox selector was very stiff but when being driven normally it's okay. I had the oil topped up and the gearbox seems fine, so I suspect it's the selector. I am not sure whateher the selector is mechanical or electrical?

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It could be that the cable to the selector needs a liberal dose of penetrating fluid (such as WD40). This may not work at first and could take several applications before you start to see results as the more exposed are of the cable can get very gunked up.
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