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Lol except this problem , everything else is good with Suzuki. So I better live with the known evil. And as I get to read replies from you all here, it doesn't look like an evil too. I just need to learn the trick better.
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You dont have synchro on reverse gear, so if the gears dont mesh exactly they wont engage. You can give it a hard shove, or lightly lift the clutch to spin the gears a bit.
(Synchro gears have a small clutch on them, some variant of slip ring to bring the speed of the gears up to synch.)
You can also try synthetic gearbox oil. It is much better than mineral, has a flatter viscosity curve, which means it shifts when cold MUCH easier, and also has a much higher film compression failure point, so reduces wear.
Never had a problem: my Lancia went straight into reverse (which may have been a miracle, it was a Lancia, after all). My current and previous Mercs have never given a problem.
Even my Simca went straight into reverse - admittedly half the time I wanted a forward gear, but hey ho ... it was cheap.
It might be worth checking the clutch - if it's dragging a bit that can make it difficult to engage gears generally.
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A mechanic told me when I change gears to always momentarily pause the gear level in the neutral position before moving into the next gear, rather than crunch through gears.
Apparently it extends the life of the gearbox doing this.
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In just about every manual transmission car I've owned, I've had to double-clutch before shifting into reverse. I was amused when someone noticed that once and said "wow, who taught you that???" It seems to be esoteric knowledge.
Among the three different vehicles I have driven, one of them had the same problem you described. That one (2000 Toyota Tacoma) had a reverse gear with straight teeth (the edge of each tooth is straight and parallel to the axle of rotation, also called spur gears) and no synchronizer (It has synchronizer on all other 5 forward gears). It is hard to shift it to reverse sometimes. The straight teeth is obvious because when it is in reverse the sound it makes is quite different from the other gears. I guess it is a little cheaper to make the straight-tooth gears, and we are not driving in reverse a lot so it should not bother too much. By the way, I bought this vehicle brand new in 2000 with only 4 miles on it.
The other two vehicles (1993 Ford Ranger and 2011 Chevrolet HHR) don't have this problem. I can put in reverse easily even when the vehicle is slowly moving. All the gears are super smooth. The reverse gear also has the helical gears so it is as quiet as the other (forward) gears.
For all these vehicles I don't have to depress the brake pedal to engage the gears. I believe for manual transmission, you don't need to depress the brake pedal to engage gears.
My point is it depends on the design of the gear box. You happen to have the one with the reverse gear problem. You may need to double-clutch, or even move the vehicle a bit to engage the reverse. Since you bought a new one again from the same manufacturer you probably have the same type of transmission.
Reverse gears often don't have synchro so you need to ensure the gears have spun down before you engage. If you're in neutral, you've paused a second or so, and then put it in gear gently it should go in fine. That's what they are designed to do, after all.
Sounds like either your gearbox needs some work or you just have a finicky gearbox.
Don't recall ever having had the slightest problem selecting reverse in any car in the past 30 years (all manual). I don't recall anyone else ever mentioning a problem, either. (Here in the UK where almost everyone drives a manual transmission).
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