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I can shift into any gear but only first is engaged.

Have been driving with no problems, parked in driveway. Went to start next day and could only shift into first gear (feels like). The shifter is loose but stands straight up. I can shift into any gear but only first is engaged.

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One of the gearstick joints has disconnected - hopefully not actually inside the gearbox. Gearstick connects to gearbox via a few rods & joints or a pair of cables in sheaths. Check something visibly moves near the gearbox no matter what movement the gearstick makes.

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