My Subaru Impreza WRX is stuck in reverse wont change into any other gear its jammed

Tiny
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  • 1996 SUBARU IMPREZA
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Yesterday we tried driving back in reverse slowly and then it popped back into neutral but today I went to reverse and it has just been stuck since my uncle said the selectors or tightnin clutch im not sure please help
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 4:37 AM

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Tiny
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Something is bent or misaligned. Can you move the shifter with the engine off?
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 5:07 AM
Tiny
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No cant move it at all with engine on or off. Could it be the clutch because it sits quite high and doesnt kick in till the last but of release
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 5:13 AM
Tiny
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Not really. If you can't move the shifter with the engine off, it's most likely something bent or broken.
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 5:55 AM
Tiny
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Oh ok thankyou any idea what could be bent or broken?
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 5:57 AM
Tiny
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See the attached image. Since the problem is Reverse, I would say maybe the reverse shift fork.
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 6:18 AM
Tiny
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Oh ok thankyou so much. When it was in first gear the other day it drive normal no problem with changing to 2nd 3rd etc just I put it into reverse and it wouldnt move back to any other gear. By any chance do you know if it is a big job or really expensive to get thr reverse shift fork fixed?
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 6:41 AM
Tiny
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Not if you do it yourself. By a repair manual. Take pictures each step of the way, that way, if you get confused trying to put stuff back together, you have the pictures. You can buy a one month subscription to the service for your car here:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/mitchell1eautorepair-car-repair-manuals

It's like $12, if I recall correctly.
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 6:55 AM
Tiny
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Im a female no nothing bout cars I ment from a mechanic
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 6:57 AM
Tiny
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Some of the best mechanics I know are females.

I can't tell you how much it will cost. That would entail me knowing what the transmission repair shops in your area charge.
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Monday, February 6th, 2012 AT 9:04 AM

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