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Porsche 996 Trouble getting into 1st gear

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When pulling up to a red light:

1) I disengage the clutch

2) Pull the shifter out into neutral

3) Engage the clutch back into neutral


Then when the green light appears:

1) Disengage the clutch

2) Attempt to bring the shifter into first gear, but it stops half way from neutral and first, as if something inside is blocking the pathway. And Yes, I have the clutch pedal completely down.


I have also encounter that problem when down shifting from second to first.


My solution usually trying 2-1 or 3-1.


I have read through the forms and saw that problem appeared for others and I was wondering if anyone found an easy fix for it. It can get annoying doing so each time.



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Every "box" is a little different, each one needs the finessing touch present on sports car owners. The 996 is a beast you need to take your time with her. Be gentle, make sure you're in gear first before engaging.

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Common issue.

However, you may also want to consider the following;

1, how many miles on clutch and is the pedal effort getting harder?

2.what kind of driving on clutch? Track, highway, multiple drivers, city, etc.

3, have you recently changed the brake fluid and/or bled the slave cylinder?

4, have you recently checked or changed the trani oil?

5. Is your shifter sloppy? You may need new linkage components.

6. If you have not already done so, search this forum for similar issue. 

Do post your findings 




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1st gear synchro issue?  

as an aside, older, air cooled Porsche cars did not have synchro for first gear.  never needed 1st when racing was the philosophy.

same for ignition key being on side of steering wheel opposite of shifter.  one hand for key, other for shifter, saves a second or two when starting engine for racing from standing or parked positions.

good luck with this. 

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