Q: Car can't engage gears.

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My car is having problems engaging the gears.

The transmission on these cars have alignment dowels that align the transmission to the engine. the problem happens when the transmission has been removed for a reason. The reinstallation alignment of the transmission is not correct because the dowels are bent or fell out and are not reinstalled. The misalignment can cause poor gear engagement and popping out of gear or clutch engagement issues. The transmission would have to be removed, checked for damages and dowel pins replaced. I would recommend having a mechanic, like the certified ones at YourMechanic, come and check out why you’re having problems shifting.

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