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Car not going into reverse easily, is this normal Watch

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    My new Micra does that. It sort of slots partially into reverse but you can tell its not fully engaged because lifting the clutch causes a giant grind and the car doens't move. For me, if I partially lift the clutch up a bit to before the bite and try to put it in reverse now it will engage. But this only happens occasionally when starting the car from cold.
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    (Original post by JC.)
    It isn't the same slot but it may feel similar...
    If you have, for example, a newer VW you may find you actually need to put your hand on top of the gear lever and press down and THEN move it into the gate.

    Some gear levers have an up and down action as opposed to just left/ right and fore / aft.

    As another example, a none overdrive Triumph Spitfire requires you to grip the gearlever like a brandy glass, pull the lever upwards and slot it into the third gear position to engage reverse.

    Weird, eh?
    My driving instructor had a toyota yaris which you had to do the brandy glass thing with to get into reverse... He took great joy in laughing at me when he told me to put it in reverse and I just looked at him puzzled

    OP - try selecting other gears first then reverse. My car does this, nothing wrong with my gearbox, no wear/tear. It's a fiat though which apparently seem to commonly have this problem.
 
 
 
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