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Old 11 Oct 2016, 06:39 am
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Okay everyone I purchased a 2002 PT Cruiser a couple years ago. From time to time I have had trouble putting it in reverse. Eventually after a little muscle and sometimes tranny fluid it would pop in and I could go on my way however this morning I got up to leave for work and it would not come out of first gear. After a little maneuvering I got it into reverse and backed up the driveway and then ironically it would not come out of reverse so is this my transmission going on me? And if so is this a common problem
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Old 11 Oct 2016, 06:36 pm
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Check the simple stuff first. The shifting is performed by two cables between the stick shift and the transmission. There are two bushings at the transmission and two bushings at the stick shift, under the console. These bushings are known to be a wear item, and have to be replaced during the life of the car.

I've replaced bushings on three occasions. Once, it was pretty dramatic. It popped clean out of gear ~10 miles from home. Fiddling with it, I got it back in gear and nursed it home. The other two times, the bushing replacement was just preventative maintenance.

Oops, the above is for a 5-speed manual. On rereading, you mention adding transmission fluid. Is it an automatic?

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Old 11 Oct 2016, 08:59 pm
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Check the simple stuff first. The shifting is performed by two cables between the stick shift and the transmission. There are two bushings at the transmission and two bushings at the stick shift, under the console. These bushings are known to be a wear item, and have to be replaced during the life of the car.

I've replaced bushings on three occasions. Once, it was pretty dramatic. It popped clean out of gear ~10 miles from home. Fiddling with it, I got it back in gear and nursed it home. The other two times, the bushing replacement was just preventative maintenance.

Oops, the above is for a 5-speed manual. On rereading, you mention adding transmission fluid. Is it an automatic?
this guy is right on. for just under $15 you can solve this issue. the transmissions in these cars rarely are a source of problems.

replace the bushings

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After the bushing change, adjust the shifter cables at the shifter. This promotes easier shifting.
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