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FIAT 500 manual stuck in 1st gear, help?

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Jul 15, 2019, 3:37 PM

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Hi guys!

I've had a really sad problem with my Fiat 500 (2011), I was driving just fine and suddenly I couldn't change gears, so I had to drive the car to the side of the road, and eventually managed to get it in first gear, second and third, but I couldn't change the gears from 3 to 2 etc, I had to push the stick really hard back into first gear and then back up again to drive the car back home.

The clutch turned really hard, so it's tough to press in, and now it's been sitting for a day, and I tried to start it and it's stuck in first gear, I have no chance on changing gears as it's budged in first. The engine starts just fine, the clutch hasn't been problematic before or seemed worn out, it happened out of nowhere. There are also no warning lights on the dash. Also before it got stuck like this, I tried to shift gears into reverse, and it just makes this "spinning" noise and wouldn't shift into reverse, but now it won't shift at all. When I start the car it will automatically push forward slowly without me pushing the pedal, but it won't actually drive.

I'm not very good with cars, and as I can't drive the car (seemingly) I was wondering if anyone has encountered this problem, and maybe had a solution to it, or any idea of what it might be, or if it's going to be costly to fix. The mileage on the car is at about 84k. Any and all inputs/experiences are appreciated! Thank you in advance SmileAngelic

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Jul 15, 2019, 6:13 PM

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Re: FIAT 500 manual stuck in 1st gear, help? Sign In

Sounds like a broken pressure plate but you need to have it checked by a professional.

See it it shifts OK with the engine shut off.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jul 15, 2019, 6:14 PM)

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