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Cannot shift properly

The shifter appears loose, will go into 1st, 3rd, and 5th, but will not engage in 2nd, 4th or reverse gears.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    Car does not go in reverse

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    2004 ion 2.2 wont go in reverse only goes into neutral with engine on stuck has only 2nd gear no 3rd 4th or 5th no reverse no 1st gear

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    shifter will only allow 2nd gear no reverse 3rd 4th or 5th

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    The gear sounds like from 1st, 2nd, 3rd till 5th, when it is up to hill not changed. can not add power on the road

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    from 1st to 3rd gear it gives me a great power, but when i shift to 4th gear, it loses power.! what can i do? or what could be wrong?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    and then it will grab and go all the way up to 40 mph and only be at 2rpms, then shift to 2nd and the rpms drop to 1500 and stays at 40, all the gears besides 1st including reverse grab and work perfectly. 1st gear acts like a slipping clutch, not sure...

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    have to push stick way over to get it into gear, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. How do you adjust it so it will shift properly?

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My Saturn did the same thing - twice. Where the clutch cables connects to the shifter box(??) there is a little clip that had fallen off. The first time this happened, the mechanic told me that I needed to replace the whole shifter box - costing me $400 dollars. The second time - about two years later a different mechanic charged me $15 for the clip and labor.

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