Q: the car is stuck in first gear and wont shift

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Car stuck in first gear wont shift shifter is loose
My car has a manual transmission.

A certified mechanic from YourMechanic could perform a mobile no shift diagnostic right at your location in order to identify the cause. If, as you mention, the shift linkage feels loose there is a possibility of an easy to address external fault (e.g., broken linkage, maladjustment, and so forth) that is preventing shifting. However, if the linkage is intact and the clutch is releasing, there might be an issue with the synchronizers in the transmission, or other internal transmission component, which could necessitate removing and disassembling the transmission. In any event, the fault will be identified during a diagnostic, after which the Mechanic let you know both the cause and the repair strategies and cost. Please let us know how we can assist you further.

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