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Q: Not fully shifting

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My car does not fully shift into gear.

Hello. I suspect that the shift cables are out of adjustments. It is rare that a transmission will suffer internal problems that cause the transmission not to go into gear. I suggest checking the shift linkages of the transmission and if applicable, check the clutch for wear. Also, check the transmission’s fluids. Being that the car will not shift I am under the impression that it can not be driven. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the shifting issue on your vehicle and replace any failing parts.

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