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Problem with shifting to different gears – Hyundai Accent 1997

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( Sorry, I am not very steady in English, but hope you understand.)

Brand: Hyundai

Model: Accent 1997

Engine: 1.5 L L4 SOHC 12 valves (I think)


The problem with the car is that the shifter wont shift into 2nd gear. The problem occured when I was driving over a long distance. The gears on the shifter which is facing the rear of the car (2, 4 & Reverse) stopped working. I could somtimes get it into the 2nd and 4th gear depended on the RPM. But it would rearly go in gear, and just slipped into neutral.

Later, I sort of fixed the problem. I adjusted the shift linkages under the shiftstick and got the gears to work. I mounted the bolts tight and secure to prevent them from being adjusted by vibrations and such. But after a little trip with the car, the gears went back to not work. This happens over and over again. I adjust the shift linkages, and some of the gears work, but the problem is always comming back.

The 4th gear and reverse are almost always working now, but tend to be problematic on longer roadtrips. The 2nd gear is never working now. I can’t get it into the 2nd gear even after I have re-adjusted the shift linkages. I don’t know if it could be better adjusted in the gearbox or if it is just worn out transmission gear and teeth.

Things I’ve tried:

-Adjusting the shift linkages and mounting the screws tightly.

-Filled with servosteering oil since it was low.


The car is about 20 years, but have only gone 90 000 km. It has some rust at the bottom of the rear, but not much.  Thanks for helping, I really appereciate it.

Best regards Filip.


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    This problem due often occur due to bad bushings in the shift linkage.
    Because the bushings are worn, you can either adjust the 2 and 4 gear to work properly, but it won’t be easy to get in the 1 – 3 – 5th gear then because of the clearance in the bushings.

    You can often buy bushings for the linkage separately and replace them 🙂

    Ask A Mechanic Admin - May 23, 2018 |Reply

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    Thanks for answer Admin. I am not very into cars and the mechanical stuff yet. I’ve looked at the bushings at the linkages, and they look abit worn. I looked at the boshings you can see at the picture I attached. I think it is the right ones, but a confirmation would not hurt 🙂

    Thank you very much.

    filip99 - May 24, 2018 |Reply

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    Yes the bushing to the left on the picture, on the shifter is the most common. The bushings on the gearbox is often not worn out, but it wouldn’t hurt to check them 🙂

    Ask A Mechanic Admin - May 25, 2018 |Reply

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