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Q: Why won't my stick go into first gear unless I turn the engine off and restart? on 1995 Chevrolet Camaro

I've been having problems with stuttering and loud popping when I change gears as if there is something wrong with the exhaust or O2 sensors. I put off having this fixed. Now my stick is sticking and won't go into gear no matter how much I push on the clutch. This happens on and off. I haven't heard the gears grinding much until now I have to almost punch it into gear. 1st and reverse are the hardest. I'm afraid to drive it because I got stuck and had to start the car while already in gear to move the car. Is this a fluid problem?
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Check that the clutch fork gets full travel when a friend presses down the clutch pedal inside the car. If it moves fully I would suspect the clutch disc has failed (one of the springs popped out of the disc hub and jambs occasionally. Should be easy to diagnose.
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