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Im cant get my car in and out of gear it was really hard

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I'm can't get my car in and out of gear it was really hard and now its impossible to put it in gear... what could this be what need to be replaced?? I drive a 2003 kia rio (manual)

Hello I will help you with your question,


Can you shift into and out of gear if the engine is stopped?



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I can only move it in and out of gear if the car is off... thats how I got it home... I turned it off and put it in first then drove it home in first..

If that is the case your clutch is not releasing.


The cable attached to the clutch pedal must pull the lever on the transmission housing to release the clutch disc. If the pedal feel is normal you will have to have the transmission removed and the clutch disc and pressure plate replaced.


Is your pedal feel normal?




Customer: replied 8 years ago.
yes it does. is this going to be expensive? what does a job like this usually go for??

The total will be about $550 - $600. Shop around as you can get a wide swing in the price.



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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
thanks so much that was really helpful!

Glad to help and thank you for using JA!!