My 1995 ford escort clutch won't let me put go into 1st gear or any other gears.Sometimes I can make it go into gear by turning car off and pumping clutch then turning car back on.Can you help me please?
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Your Starter Interlock switch is out of position or broken. Look under the dash at the Brake and Clutch pedal levers. You should see some switches. These are the switches that make your car start and work the Brake lights.
They often get hit by feet as you get in and out of the car. You have 1 switch that works with the Gearshift and you should only be able to start in Neutral. The fact that the Starter will turn when in 1st gear is a mistake. It is not starting because the spark is not suppose to be available in 1st gear.
You need to realign the switch or replace it. The clutch pedal may also have a safety switch on it. You should have to depress the clutch or have you foot on the Brake for the Starter to engage when the Gearshift is in Neutral. The car is designed so everything must be in alignment before the car will start and the Driver is doing the controls properly.
clutch is starting to slip, the first and reverse gears are direct meshing gears, as opposed to the rest that are engaged uing synchros to help mesh the gears. this is why you are having trouble getting them together
Sounds to me like clutch is not freeing up if you turn off motor & it goes straight into gear. Did you replace all clutch parts plate pressure plate & realease bearing its almost like there is not enough travel on master cyl or slave cyl if clutch is OK