2002 chevy cavalier and its a 5 speed manual. stiff shifting into gear

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Asked by Oct 26, 2015 at 05:49 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

so after just buying this car the only issue i have is half the time i cant shift to first. i took off the stick cover and realized that there was massive dust build up on the ball joint. i got most of the dust off but some fell into the ball joint so its still stiff im just wondering how do i clean it out or should i used something to lubricate the shifter???

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just spray something in- more than likely it won't be that easy, but who knows? the linkage could be bent or out of adjustment- is it a cable? or frighteningly, the synchros could be going out in the trans axle- happy halloween

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to add to jamnblues answer, I think he hit the nail on the head. The synchros in the trany could be going bad, best to have it looked at by a professional trany guy or girl, & get an opinion. If it is the problem it can be taken care of easy enough, but it would be the labor cost...

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Try checking the oil level in the transmission and changing the oil. Add some Lucas transmission oil additive while you are at it.

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i just bought the car from a mechanic who owns his own shop so everything has been just changed and replaced. the car drives beautiful and smooth the only issue is shifting into first gear. i have to start in 2nd to get it to slide into first sometimes.. i used some wd40 and its smoother for sure but still kinda finicky with first..

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Since you just bought the car from a mechanic, should see what he says about the shifting since he will know of this. Might be that the clutch pedal may just need adjusting...

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