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Newbie. My 88 LX 5.0 convertible does not want to go into first Help.

Daniel T.

New Member
I'm new to the forum. My 88 LX 5.0 convertible that I bought new has been sitting in storage. But I finally have to time to address some its cosmetic issues. I started it no problem but... It doesn't want to go into first gear. If you shut the car off I can put it in first gear and the other gears easily. I'm no professional mechanic but I need to fix it. Ideas suggestion? I would welcome all that know the inside mechs of what's going on. Big thank you up front. I want to get this fixed before I do the interior and top and paint.

Daniel T.


Well-Known Member
It sounds to me like the clutch isn't disengaging all the way. Does it have the stock clutch and quadrant in it? (Or maybe someone has added a firewall adjuster?) .... I'm also presuming we're talking about a manual transmission.


New Member
Check your fluid and make sure it's not gear oil. If it's the stock clutch cable setup pull up on the clutch pedal to self adjust.