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Will not go into 2nd gear

When I start off I shift down into 1st gear but I have problems getting it to shift up in to 2nd gear

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Either the clutch is out of adjustment or the shifter fork is damaged. after checking the adjustment on the clutch I would take it to a local repair shop and have the tans chacked.

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