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Old 30 Apr 2012, 05:22 pm
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I have a 2006 PT Cruiser, manual transmission. I don't know much about cars and I don't have much time at the moment, so i'll make this brief; if you need more info I'll answer later.

Anyway, it's sometimes extremely difficult to shift into first and second gear; first is much more difficult than second when this happens. It seems to be worse after the car warms up, and in fact is worse in hot weather.
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 06:40 pm
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Default Re: Very hard to shift into first and second gear

Couple of things...first, what tranny do you have - T350 or G288? G288 has reverse up to the left, T350 down to the right. When was the last time you had your tranny serviced? Also, have you looked at your shifter bushings? The one's on the tranny itself are the ones that usually go first, but the ones in your center console under the shift lever also tend to go.
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 07:07 pm
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I was gonna say no idea on the transmission type but apparently T350! lol

I haven't had it serviced since I got it which was about a year ago, used. I don't know what a shifter bushing is so I haven't looked at them. Any links to how I might be able to do this?

Like I said I don't know much about cars, but I'd love to learn

I have some limited tools; nothing too fancy but I think I've everything to at least get me started...
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 07:15 pm
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Sloan, go to the first couple of posts in the tech/performance section, there is one there where I posted my library of PT stuff. I literally have collected hundreds of publications, plus produced dozens myself, and they are all available for download to all members here.

As to the bushings, over at PTCrew is a guy who makes and sells Booger Bushings, they are by far the best bushings for a manual tranny PT!!!

Someone else asked about this recently, the one's on the tranny are shown here, mind you they are slightly different on your T350 as mine is a G288.

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There are other bushings under your shift lever. You have to lift up the center console cover to get to them. I don't suggest removing it all the way, just loosen all the screws and lift it up so that you can get to the bushings.
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 08:33 pm
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Awesome! So most likely it's the bushings? And if not are they cheap enough that it's not that big of a waste to replace them?
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 09:27 pm
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Yes, exactly.
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Default Re: Very hard to shift into first and second gear

I'd guess dragging clutch, but you'll love boogers either way
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