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Doesn't switch to 1st


New member
Sep 19, 2022
Hi all.My galant won't shift into 1st gear. I have a new TRE transmission and a new TMZ t-case. All other gears shift fine just won't shift into 1st. Any ideas on adjusting the shifter back or just any idea on fixing this problem will help.


Well-known member
Aug 21, 2019
coeur d alene, idaho
This problem can be caused by an improperly functioning clutch system, whether it be not fully bled or a bent clutch fork or what have you. If your clutch isn't fully disengaging then you'll have a hell of a time getting into first. Does the car go into first when it's not running?

Make sure the shifter is aligned correctly,

Anecdotally, I had this no 1st gear problem happen to me once after I reinstalled my transmission. It ended up being that I didn't tighten the transmission bolt closest to the slave cylinder all the way, so when you pressed the pedal it moved the entire transmission slightly instead of fully disengaging the clutch. I drove on it anyway and it ended up breaking my 1-2 shift rail end in my transmission from all the force I had to use to get into first
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