1991 Mercury Topaz with 5-speed will not go into gear.
When the car is off I can push the clutch in and shift into any gear, however, when I turn it on I can not shift into any gear and reverse will just grind. I tried putting it into 1st and 2nd then starting it but the car will lunge forward and quit while the clutch is engaged the whole time.
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If the gear shift moves freely and the transmission is turning, I would say the shift lever is not connected to anything, or something inside the trans is broke.
If the trans is not turning, something happened to the clutch.
If it only does it cold, I would say the idle air control valve may be faulty. The computer controls idle speed by regulating the amount of air going into the intake with the control valve. Could also be a vac leak or a problem with the trans. Will it die if you push on the gas pedal and the brake as you are shifting ?
The problem is an air problem you must have over looked something .You call the master cylinder what ? This is the one on the pedal checks for leaks on the inside of the vehicle if oil can get out air is getting in Then you say slave cylinder this is at the clutch inside the bell houseing and is the main bleeding point with a fitting to bleed the system . The olny other point is the resiverior unless the system is feed from the break system sometimes it is but not common . The springs are mechincal but the system is hydrolic so look for oil leaking and thats ware air is getting in dubble check it
manual?? put it in first gear --hold foot on clutch and start engine ,car will shoot forewards but do not be deterred drive car with foot on clutch and after a short distance the clutch will clear and the engine will rev up ,now release the clutch and drive as normal ,it will be ok from now on
Either your clutch is getting bad, or you're shifting down too soon, and up too late. Try double clutching. Push in your clutch and push it into neutral. Release the clutch, fan the gas pedal, push the clutch again and shift into 1st. All this does is sychronize the speed of the transmission with the speed of the engine. There were, in the 60's, a lot of cars with the old "three on the tree" that you had to do this every time, and you get pretty good at it after a while.