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HELP!! Car wont shift into reverse

Today I went to make a three point turn and the gear shifter would not budge at all when i tried putting in reverse. Does anyone have any ideas on what it could be or how uch it may cost me?
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Re: HELP!! Car wont shift into reverse

I know this is probbaly not the issue, but I still feel the need to say it.
If automatic,
Make sure your foot is on the brake, and make sure you press the release button fully on the shifter handle.

if standard,
make sure you are at a complete stop, apply the clutch, and then shift.

now also if it doesnt go then completely, just ease off the clutch a tiny little bit and keep pushing towards reverse, it may pop in then, if not, try putting it in first and moving forward a lil bit and try again,

i know with mine i sometimes have to lift the clutch a bit for it to fully engage (never moved forward myself though).
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Re: HELP!! Car wont shift into reverse

assuming this is a manual, I'll make my best effort here...I don't know exactly how the tranny is assembled or any of that but I had this problem a couple times in my 5th gen. From what I understand, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and reverse are all on the same 'plane' inside the tranny. If you have grinded any of those, it can cause another gear's synchro to not 'sync' up. In my car, if I ever grind 3rd or 5th, my car will not go into reverse until i get it to seat in properly.

I guess regardless of how this happened to you, you need to get it back into reverse. Try this. obviously release the parking brake, and then attempt to feather the gas/clutch while trying to shift into reverse. If it's really stubborn and not budging, you need to try shifting into 1st, 3rd, and 5th in random patterns and keep attempting reverse. You will most likely need to apply a lot of force to get it to go. You can also open the driver's door and use your left foot to rock the car a bit too when you try it. Chances are it will grind some and eventually you will get it to go "half way" into reverse. That is good because you are getting the gear closer to syncing up. Just keep working it till it goes. It took me like 45 minutes one time but now everything is fine. I just make it a point to never grind my gears and never let anyone else drive my car.

see here for the thread i had on this same subject
http://preludezone.com/showthread.php?t=4028
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Re: HELP!! Car wont shift into reverse

thanks i'll try it i'll let you know if it works for me
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Re: HELP!! Car wont shift into reverse

Well i had a problem putting my car into 1st 3rd and 5th gear and reverse and i brought it to a mechanic and he showed me how the linkage wasnt in place and he showed me how he fixed it...he charged me 10 bucks because i know him very well and he said he usually gets around 50 dollars for that fix. Could be it man but anyways good luck fixing it!
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Re: HELP!! Car wont shift into reverse

thanks im gonna take it to a shop if i cant get it fixed if i cant use mdtdnb's method
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