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Reverse gear? I am having trouble engaging reverse gear in morning when car is cold, it will not engage, just crunches gears horribly, if I put it in first and shunt forward a bit and try again, no problem. Once this has been done there doesn't seem to be a problem until I try again after work when car has been standing all day, I have to do the same procedure. What do you think is the problem as I have only had the car for two weeks?

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This could be due to the gear box or clutch. If this is a new car it may just need adjusting. If it is not a new car they maybe worn down and need replacing.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

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To my understanding this is a common problem with Saab 900s. The cure was to replace the existing linkages with an upgraded one. There was even a recall or service bulletin to this effect.

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Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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SOURCE: cannot shift into reverse although forward gears all functional

have ur shift linkage bushings replaced....most likely thse are torn or completely broken .. this is common on these models..also on some vw's of the same years

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: hyundai excel 1996 automatic will engage reverse

It appears you have a Forward Clutch FAILURE. Replace the trans after you get it diagnosed and verified by a professional technician. By the way, do you have a Check Engine light? If so, what is the diagnostic code? The dealership can scan the system and find any codes which may have been stored in the TCM (Transmission Control Module). If there were any 'Incorrect Gear Ratio" codes, it's most probably the trans itself.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Crunching Gears

thats common for the reverse gear to grind if you go right for it i always go to fist then reverse. it sounds like you might have a week slave cylinder and the pressure is to low to go into a high gear does this happen in 5 th also or only 3 rd?

Posted on Jun 10, 2009

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SOURCE: car does not drive forward but works in reverse

Sad to say but your automatic transmission has bit the dust.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

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