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Manual transmission will not reverse

I have a manual transmission and my gear stick will not fall into reverse. Every other gear is fine no grinding, not hard to get into gear. Is this a big problem or something i may be able to fix easily?

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Check under car at shift linkage may need adjustment or loose

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