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I have 98 ford contour that is having problems shifting into reverse. I have to give it a little gas and it will go in reverse. Its not so bad when its cold but when it gets warmed up it has problems when u need to back up.

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    Douglas Hansen May 11, 2010

    Automatic or manual transmission.

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