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Okay here is an update to the 97 honda civic ex that wouldn't shift in to 1st or second gear. The clutch fluid was checked, it's full, I can't say how clean it is but there doesn't seem to be a leak. I started it up today and all of a sudden it shifted into 1st and 2nd gear no problem. All though, it did seem a like I had to force it more than I should have to. Autozone guy said that 1st and second gear on this car are on a separate linkage than 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear. The car shifts fine hear. Any other opinions?

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Check that all your engine and gearbox mounts are in good order,also check the socket and mount that holds the gear lever in place on the remote.You could also remove either the level plug(it is a bolt) on the side of the gearbox or remove the speedo head on the top of gbox and ensure that oil level is good.I have had a car in the workshop that did this intermittently.Eventually pulled the gearbox out and found that a couple of the fingers off the pressure plate had broken off.It had gear select and jam probs every time that they lodged into mechanism of the p.plate,but drove fine when they had dislodged.There was no rattling noise from them so it was hard to diagnose at first.
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    This is helpful, and I also noticed that when I shift, I can hear like metal on metal. Not grinding gears, more like I can the movement of it trying to get in to gear. My male friend is going follow up on your suggestion. Thank you very much for your help. I'll post the results so someone else might benefit as well.

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If the car will go into reverse fine then you do not have a clutch issue.1st and 2nd gear are on the same shift rail and share a syncronizer hub.I understand you probaly dont know what those things are and that is not important.It is possible that you have a bad syncro hub since this is the busiest hub in the transmission .I would first suspect a linkage issue and would have someone look there first.Manual Honda transmission are nearly bullet proof.I fix 100 automatics to every 1 honda manual.

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SOURCE: Only 3rd and 4th gears available - 1998 jetta

im not telling you what to do because it could be a bad transmission and an easy fix but I cant tell without looking at it , but if its a hard fix just go to a reliable junkyard and get another

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