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Q: gears wont engage

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when the engine is running i cannot engage any gears unless i really force it in but when the engine is off i can engage any gear freely no problem?

My car has 75000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there. This can be an issue with your shift linkage being loose or not correctly adjusted. It also can be something malfunctioning inside of your transmission or the clutch system that is damaged. I suggest having a certified mechanic or transmission shop complete a car is hard to shift inspection to determine what is causing your problem.

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