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Q: Occasional difficulty reversing

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Recently, I've noticed that my manual transmission doesn't work as well as it used to. It has troubles going into reverse. I checked the shifter along with the transmission fluid and everything looks fine. This issue occurred all of the sudden. It happens sporadically. Sometimes I have no problems reversing while other times, it takes time for me to finally get it to work. Other gears work great. What could cause this? Thank you in advance.

A: Manual transmissions use synchronizers as b...

Manual transmissions use synchronizers as buffers between the engagement of the gears. When a manual is difficult to get into reverse, it is either due to the reverse lockout failing or the reverse synchro being worn and taking a few tries to line up for the gear to change. If you would like to have this verified, a mechanic from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your shifting issue and perform any repairs you may require.

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