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My Clutch won't engage into gear. Need advice!

My clutch pedal feels fine and my gear box when I shift feels fine but when I try to move my car when its on first gear or any gear it just revs like its on neutral. It doesnt engage into gear for me to move at all. Any suggestions on whats wrong?

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  • theenextb1gt Apr 17, 2009

    yeah its all filled up and everything. Im thinking it could be my slave master cylinder? then maybe bleed it out?

  • theenextb1gt Apr 17, 2009

    Actually at one point it was hard to shift gears like it wouldn't go into any gear, that when it all started. Then all of a sudden it wouldn't catch no gears at all. As far as the fluid level i've always seen that theres fluid inside, I got my Tranny and clutch replaced about six months ago im not sure if he bleed it or not.

  • theenextb1gt Apr 18, 2009

    Actually before all this happened when your engaging into first gear even when u do it smoothly the car kinda shakes like it wasnt catching on the right clutch point. I was thinking that all the shaking had to do something with it. The clutch pedal feels normal now but before all this happened it felt all spongey.


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Did you check the clutch reservoir under the hood mounted on the firewall, driver side? Make sure level is up where it should be. If it's real low, you may have to bleed the system to get the air out. If you need to add fluid, use brake fluid.

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  • Curt Downs Apr 17, 2009

    yes, try bleeding the slave master cyl. to see if there's any air in the system. Did this (loss of clutch) happen all at once, or was it a gradual thing? Was the clutch slipping at all before? Did the fluid level drop low at some point, where it may have drawn air in to the system?

  • Curt Downs Apr 17, 2009

    Any unusual noises, or weird things happen to the clutch just before this? I'm concerned now that if there is no air in the system, maybe your clutch is shot. That doesn't seem possible if it was just replaced. The clutch pedal feels firm when you push it in, or is it very easy now, with little resistance?

  • Curt Downs Apr 19, 2009

    The shaking, even when starting up smoothly and going easy on the clutch sounds like it was the beginning of the end. The shaking is a sign of the clutch going down the tubes, and that is what this sounds like. If the fluid level never was real low, where air was drawn into the system, there would be a chance that was the problem, but you seem to indicate that didn't happen. Wish I could offer an easy fix, but I think we are talking clutch failure here. Good luck, and if I can give you any more info, just post it here. Curt


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