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Hey I have a 1999 cavalier z24 5spd All my gears work except 5th while puttting it into 5ht gear as i let out of the clutch its grinding so i cannto put in 5th or it will grind, but at times it would work, but recently as Ive been driving I go to put it in 5th, there isn't a grind its as 5th gear is just netural NEED HELP geoff
It sounds like you might have a bad busing in your shift linkage. The run from the bottom of your shifter to the transmission check those bushings and make sure that everything is in place under your shifter.
Hope that helps you.
If the clutch has never been changed most likely it is that. The way you can check it is by removing the transmission and looking at the clutch disc. It could be transmission syncros but I am willing to bet you just need a new clutch.
Sounds like you may have bent a shift fork or your cluster gear has some missing teeth on it now. I would venture to say that is it a bent shift fork. This will require the transmission be removed to gain access to inspect and repair.