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1998 Dodge dakota 4 cyl. manual trans.

I had a problem before with my clutch(throwout bearings) and just replaced the clutch. The truck has been driving fine for 4 mos.. Now I have to fight the gear shifter to get it in gear....also in reverse it doesnt seem to want to engage and slips. Is this the clutch again?

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You may want to try adjusting the clutch. I think Dodge have adjustment options. it seems that the throw out bearing is too close to the clutch and does not "throw out' as it should.

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