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Manual transmission have clutch, can put in gears with or without clutch, but does not go- stays in neutral

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  • pisspotpeter May 11, 2010

    Do you have a floor shift or column? If it is column, there is shifting arm under the hood that leads from shift lever to trans . Sounds as if it has popped off either on the trans end or on upper column end..Good luck

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It could be that the clutch is hanging up somehow. It will give you the same symtoms. I would also look at the shifting linkage. Possible but doubtful. Check to be sure.

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