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Vehicle must be stopped to shift into first without grinding. otherwise, transmission works perfect.(manual)

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Do you find it does the same when engaging reverse gear ? if so it sounds as if you may have a hydraulic problem, Check the clutch fluid reservoir, and top up if low ( level should be on max level, if low there is a leak in the system ) once topped up,operate the clutch pedal up and down a dozen or so times, if the pedal now feels harder there was air in the system.It will happen again,fluid level will also drop again so you may have to renew leaking component ( adviseable to renew master and slave cylinders if that prove to be the fault )

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