What would cause overheating in the gear shifter area?

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Asked by Sep 12, 2019 at 01:15 AM about the 2013 Dodge Avenger SE FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car seems to be driving and shifting gears
fine. I just drove my friend somewhere
though and I touched the base of the gear
shifter (where it says PRND3L) and it was hot
to touch. Not super hot but definitely hot, and
my car is not over heating. It’s just this
specific spot and I can’t find anything
through google. I put a picture of it to be
clear, it’s the whole space between my
fingers on the gear shift base. Please help if
you have any ideas or what I should say to
my mechanic!

1 Answer

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You have a problem that you probably caught in time just because you noticed the warm shifter. The automatic transmission could have a fluid problem: low, burned, or dirty fluid putting a strain on the mechanism. Or it could be a defective solenoid causing the transmission to shift incorrectly. Have a transmission shop diagnose this.

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