Car Questions
RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Why does my ford aspire shifter free float?

(1994 Ford Aspire)
in Crookston, MN on October 03, 2011
I have a 1994 ford aspire 5 speed manual. Last winter I stopped at a stop sign. When I put the car into 1st gear it wouldn't move forward. I then put it into neutral and tried to put into first again. To my dismay, Nothing. I then tried it in second. Nothing. Finally I got it to go in 3rd gear and reverse but that was all. My shifter floats around freely and won't even stay in second now. What is wrong and how can I resolve this issue. I love this car and miss driving it.
Displaying 1 answers & 2 comments
Popular Answer
on October 04, 2011
last winter?? thats a long time to drive without 1st or 2nd gear. by now, you most likely have done clutch damage and needs to be replaced. there are shifter cables and one of them may have failed. you need someone to check it for you. it was an inexpensive repair at the time but now will be a lot more. try in the future to adress issues when they happen as the more time passes, the more damage will be done.

on October 04, 2011
Thanks for the possible fix. I actually haven't driven the vehicle at all since this happened. I had the good horse sense to garage it. Would shifter cable failure cause me to not be able to go into 3rd and 5th as well?
on October 04, 2011
sure, the mounting bracket that contains the cables may be the issue. take a look and make sure all the bolts are there.

RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 2,000 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more

Similar Questions

View answers to similar questions from RepairPal's community of auto experts and enthusiasts.
My car will back up just fine, but when I put it in first gear and take off it don't want to pull and it also dies out.
I start my car and when I shift the gears my car don't move
Didn't find what you were looking for?