This morning on the way home I went to downshift from 3rd to 2nd turning onto my street and it was locked out of 1st and 2nd and had to force it back into 3rd (never grinded only clunked real hard into gear) , shifter won’t even move to left to get into gear . Shifter is stuck in the center and only moves right for 5th and reverse but locked out of reverse too. I was thinking maybe the shift linkage right where it connects to the knob was messed up but I checked it out and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Any ideas on what could be wrong? Noticed it’s been getting a little difficult to get into 2nd and 3rd lately but never just fully locking up

  • I would check all the linkage from the shifter to the transmission for worn, broken or missing bushings.
    – Moab
    Apr 10, 2020 at 21:10
  • I’m looking at the shifter cables on top of the trans right now, nothing is worn, broken, etc the cable that lets the shifter move side to side is jammed it lets me push it back which would to the right inside the car but won’t let me pull it forward which would be to the left
    – Jod
    Apr 10, 2020 at 22:19
  • Even pulled the cable off the linkage going into the trans and it does the same thing it’s jammed somewhere inside the trans
    – Jod
    Apr 10, 2020 at 22:24
  • Look underneath car where the shifter is.
    – Moab
    Apr 10, 2020 at 23:03
  • Is your clutch working normal? Had a civic once and the clutch slave cylinder ha a leak. you could not feel it in the pedal but the pressure was not enough to lift the clutch fully.
    – Daniel
    Apr 11, 2020 at 0:15


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