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If this is a manual then it is probable that the clutch system needs attention. Check fluid level in reservoir, bleed out air and/or replace clutch slave cylinder and master cylinder as a last resort.. This is provided that you have not just done a clutch kit job and put the clutch plate in the wrong way round.
The Transmission fluid stick is located toward the back of the engine on the drivers side. Check on a level surface when the engine is hot and the vehicle is in "Park". Don't add fluid if within the crosshatch marks. Be sure to use the correct fluid if adding. Check your owner's manual for the correct Mercon fluid. My 2001 taurus with the 3.0 engine uses Mercon V (Mercon 5) only.
The Brake fluid can be visually checked. The master cylinder reservoir is also located on toward the back of the engine on the driver's side
You can easily put in brake fluid yourself. Just make sure you use DOT4 brake fluid (Castrol, etc..) To top up your fluid locate master cylinder (drivers side, white plastic reservoir just in front of driver) remove cap and top up to "full" level (marked on side of reservoir)
bleed the clutch is similar to bleeding brakes,,make sure your clutch reservoir is full of fluid,locate the slave cylinder on the side of the transmission and locate the bleeder valve on it,,have some one pump the clutch pedal slowly 4-5 times and hold the pedal to the floor,then open the bleeder screw untill the stream of fluid about stops,close bleeder,repump clutch pedal again and reopen bleeder,,don this untill you get no more air and or you have a good clutch pedal,,keep watch of the fluid level so it doesnt run out...
The Power Steering Fluid has a reservoir with a cap on it and has a belt and pulley connected to the device.
Hoses will lead to the rack and pinion system on the firewall.
Engine oil--Check the engine oil level.
Coolant--Check the radiator coolant level in the reservoir.
Battery-- Visually check battery cables and connections.
Automatic transmission--Check the fluid level.
Master cylinder--Check the fluid level.
Power Steering--Check the fluid level.
Windshield washer--Check the fluid level.
Belts & hoses--Visually check all belts and hoses for wear.
NOTE: In addition to the items listed above there are cases with some manufacturer's where odd components such as manual transmission/transaxles and front differentials many be equipped with a dipstick found underhood for fluid level check. If you are unsure of a dipstick on your vehicle, check with the owners manual.
Make sure that your vehicle is parked on a level surface and the engine is cool before you check fluid levels. Power steering fluid and other fluids read at different levels when warm instead of cool. Locate the power steering fluid reservoir. It is located under the hood of your Toyota Corolla on the passenger side next to the engine. The reservoir is connected to the power steering pump. Remove the cap and use the dipstick to check the fluid level. For the most accurate reading, clean off the dipstick with a rag first, then re-insert and remove for the fresh reading. Add automatic transmission fluid or power steering fluid approved for use in Toyota vehicles if the fluid is below the low level mark. Add fluid gradually to keep for over filling the reservoir. this will help.thanks.
You need to fix the Leak in your hydraulic system to your clutch on your transmission. The reason that your transmission is not going in to gear right is that the fluid is to low to push the throw out bearing to disengage the clutch fully.
Once the fluid get's too low, you'll not be able to disengage the clutch to put it in to gear or change gear.
Check the fluid level to your hydraulic clutch reservoir and fill to the right level and fix the leak in the hydraulic lines.
Good luck and hope this helps. Keep me posted, glad to help.
Volkswagen's are funny I don't really remember, but are you sure that you have a reservoir because the older Volkswagen's have a cable clutch not a hydraulic clutch. I may be wrong but check and make sure. Good Luck
First remove the clutch reservoir top. Make sure the rubber stopper/bladder is in the cap when removed. Next locate the clutch line that goes into the tranny just aft of the bell housing. There should be a bleed screw, if so open it slightly. If no screw, than loosen the line where it attatches in. Next fill the clutch reservoir and watch till it leaks out on the tranny end. Once thats noticed, close the screw/line and recap reservoir. pump clutch pedal, and repeat bleed steps at least once more to ensure all air is out. remember to fill clutch fluid up to operating levels.