Shifter won't go into 1st or 2nd. I just put in a new set of shifter cakes in my car. Since then I haven't been able to put my car into 1st or 2nd. It only hits 3rd through 5th and reverse.

Asked by Nov 13, 2015 at 12:33 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Coupe FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The shifter doesn't seem to want to go far
enough to the left to slide it into gear. I have
no idea what's wrong and it's bothering me
and my friend. We have no idea why it is
doing this. Happened immediately after
changing the shifter cables.

8 Answers

1,715

check you operation manual or a diagram of the linkage, examine the linkage and check the linkage against a picture or diagram, at your local shop, the technician should be able to diagnose and fix the malfunctioning shifter at a reasonable price around $100 bucks for this.

I have a repair manual and there is nothing about the cables or shifter in it. I went page by page and didn't find a thing. :( trying to avoid at the moment spending any more money on this.

11,900

Go to Auto-Zone's web site,, they have diagrams and manuals for almost every car ,,,free

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11,900

why do some replys get examined before being posted

10

having a similar problem just replaced clutch, pressure plate, and slave cylinder, now the car wont go into 1,3,and 5, but 2 4 and reverse work fine. hoping the cables are out of adjustment after fishing around trying to get the transaxle back in. a major pain in the butt when working outside, not in a shop. i have heard my problem could also be not having the clutch bled enough.

10

however, it doesnt grind at all, the shifter simply wont go into those gears.

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30

Thanks for the AutoZone information!!!!

Did you ever figure this out? I'm having same problem!

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