It is difficult for my car to go into first gear. My dad says it might be just the cable. others have said the transmission all together. Any opinions?

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Asked by Jun 30, 2013 at 03:58 PM about the 2001 Pontiac Sunfire GT Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

First gear is hard to go into, but 2-R are fine and seem relatively easy to go into. Any
ideas what this might be and how I can fix it?

4 Answers

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I would see if you can locate a shop nearby that can give you a free assessment of the issue. It might be the cable, BUT it might ALSO be an early sign the transmission needs repair/rebuilding...assuming this hasn't already been done. On a 12 year old car with the original tranny, this wouldn't too far fetched, assuming you've got the average mileage for a car of that year on her.

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Does not sound like something you would want to tackle in your garage or driveway! Probably a wear issue internal to the trans like a worn out syncro gear. Like Racer X said, best to take it to a reputable shop for their opinion.

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Okay then thanks

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long ago, I just developed the habit of going into 2nd gear then up to 1st- slips right in- try it- might work for you- how does this work? not exactly sure, but it sure works- I always think it is slowing the synchros down by slipping into an easier slot first- maybe one of the wiser gurus can explain it- same for going into reverse- 2nd then R- never grinds, always slides right in, whatever car I'm driving- it's just a habit now-

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