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1997 Pontiac Sunfire will not engage first gear (automatic)

Car will move on in 2nd at about 3000 rpm. and go on from there.

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Sounds like a tourqe converter issueif its an automatic or an issue with the synchro's if the vehicle is manual transmission if its manual look at your clutch pedal see if it has play in it or if anything is bent first then check the transmission fluid

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