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How to Troubleshoot a Manual Transmission That Will Not Shift

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Automatic transmissions are more common these days, but for people who still enjoy the hands-on approach, a manual, or standard, transmission can present a few problems. Your car’s engine transfers power to the transmission via a clutch. Sector forks in the transmission select which gear will be put into use. Although there are components to prevent gears from grinding or sticking, sometimes gears do fail to engage. If this happens, there are a number of things to look for before talking to a mechanic.

Step 1

Check your transmission fluid. Transmission fluid lubricates the moving parts of your transmission. You should check your fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles in a manual transmission car. Failure to do so can cause your transmission fluid to become contaminated with bits of metal from the bearings, synchronizers and gears.