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I know this sounds crazy guys, but sometimes i find it hard to put my shifter in first...i have been doing fine with it for 1500 miles and now I don't know what's going on. It's hard to shift it into first sometimes and I wind up shifting into 3rd and my car stalls out...I'll keep try to shift it into 1st and it doesnt feel like it *clicks* into 1st and I think I am in 3rd. I am freaking out and thinking that my shifter/tranny is messed up or something. Has anyone else felt this problem. I am almost freaked out to drive it right now because I think I am messing it up. Please tell me I'm crazy...i know that I am in 3rd because when I shift down I'm in 4th. I am really confused. PLease tell me that it is user error. Thanx for any replies on this guys...
 

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Well before my car met it's demise I occasionally had a problem shifting in a few gears. It's a tad on the rough side, IMO...few rough tries in reverse, once I had the problem you had, thought I was in 1st and Was in third but I shoved it over. It might need to get loosened up some more, but I never got past 620 miles myself
 

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The only time I've had a hard time getting into first is when i'm still moving coming to a stop, and i'm putting it into first to anticipate moving again... then it kinda pops into gear. Other than that, never had any problems with my stick.....
You man just need to get your linkage adjusted!
 

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Yeah...it just feels like 1st is hard to get into sometimes...at a complete stop...u think that I should get it checked out at the dealer??
 

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i know this may be stupid but do you have the clutch pressed in enough?
 

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yeah...i got the clutch pressed down all the way, but I appreciate any input you guys got for me...i am just wondering if i'm the stupid one or if there is something wrong with my car.
 

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you know what, sometimes I notice the same thing....even if I'm stopped at a light or something, and I have to shift into first, it feels like I have to force it in, but then through the other gears it shifts really smoothly....I did scare the crap outta byself b/c when I was shifting into reverse while slightly moving forwards (anticipating stopping and moving backwards), the tranny made the weirdest noise and didn't let me shift into reverse. And then other times it's smooth as butter.....I have a little over 4K miles on my car, so I'm sure it's not the break in factor. Wonder what it is....
 

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Yeah, that's exactly what i'm talking about...at a dead stop at a light and i have a hard time shifting into 1st and then i think i got it into first until i start moving and then i know i'm not in 1st i'm in 3rd...wth...i don't know what's going on, but i am sure glad to see that someone else noticed that as well...i just dropped it off at the dealership this morning to have them figure out the what the heck is up with the shifter or tranny or whatever it is...i'll give you all an update when i get the verdict.
 

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I just got a call from the dealership and there is something wrong in the gear box that's not allowing me to shift into 1st sometimes...so if anyone else if having this problem..GET IT LOOKED AT! so you don't have any further problems...and again i just joined this site last week and you guys are great...i love this site...you guys are helping me so much already i am glad to be part of the site/forum. Thanx guys.

P.S. And the dealership said "You are not crazy...there's a problem here.." so I guess i can relax now.
 

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Gotta love the 5 year/60K drivetrain warranty


Gives me such a piece of mind...
 

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Originally posted by racertc@Oct 31 2004, 06:49 AM
I know this sounds crazy guys, but sometimes i find it hard to put my shifter in first...i have been doing fine with it for 1500 miles and now I don't know what's going on. It's hard to shift it into first sometimes and I wind up shifting into 3rd and my car stalls out...I'll keep try to shift it into 1st and it doesnt feel like it *clicks* into 1st and I think I am in 3rd. I am freaking out and thinking that my shifter/tranny is messed up or something. Has anyone else felt this problem. I am almost freaked out to drive it right now because I think I am messing it up. Please tell me I'm crazy...i know that I am in 3rd because when I shift down I'm in 4th. I am really confused. PLease tell me that it is user error. Thanx for any replies on this guys...
http://www.scionlife.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32575

Check the post from SSMtC05 about 3/4 way down this page. He was having the same problem.

Ken
 

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hmm... thanks for the tip Ken, I'm gonna try a different way of shifting, see if that helps out.
 

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Different way of shifting? Share with another newbie, please (me).

Another thing I heard that helps with notchy transmissions is Redline MT oil. Could be subjective, but people were saying it made their notchy 6-speed trannies in GTS celicas/XRS matrix feel much more buttery
 

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Originally posted by zoltiz@Nov 4 2004, 12:48 PM
Different way of shifting? Share with another newbie, please (me).
Ya you start out in 3rd....go to 2nd....pop it to 5th...and then end in 4th. Who needs 1st gear???
 
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