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Q: manual transmission 1st and 2nd gears won't engage on 1996 Saturn SL1

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Started out not going into 1st,now 2nd. All cables are ok will shift into 3rd,4th,5th,and reverse,with or without clutch engaged while car is off.Will go into 1st and 2nd if i put pressure on the stick and let out clutch a little while running,grinds but goes in. Itook off center console all bushings ok at both ends and at tranny. I took off the plate that sits on top of the tranny ,every thing seemed to be ok.Any thoughts? Thanks Jack
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It sounds like the problem is internal in the transmission, synchromesh or shift fork issues. Perhaps drain the transmission oil into a clean drain pan and see if you have metal filings in the oil that comes out of the gearbox..
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