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2004 cavalier just installed clutch kit, but didn't have flywheel machined. now having trouble going into 1st and reverse. pumping clutch makes it better but still not as smooth as it should be. I disconnected the shift cables at the shifter and not sure if I got them back where they should be?

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It sounds to me as though your hydraulic clutch cylinder needs bleeding. Bleed much the same as bleeding brakes.

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What you describe sounds very much like the clutch is failing to disengage.
Fluid level being fine and no leaks under the car is good, but doesnt mean there isnt something wrong with either the master cylinder, slave cylinder, or the associated parts.

Highly unlikely there is a fault with the flywheel or clutch as failures with these would normally give no drive in any gear.

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did you bleed the hydralic clutch system on this vehicle? = air in system or not bleed properly.
most of the flywheels for this model were not to be machined...... however it is ok to machine these only slightly but you must machine the surface the clutch plate contacts with the same amount as the outer raised section the pressure plate bolts to.
new flywheels have painted stamped writing saying do not if hydralic system is ok find out about flywheel.
also may pay to check clamping force of pressure plate most clutch places can do this or some workshops that is if fingers on pressure plate are all at the same height, not broken or cracked..

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My Saturn did the same thing - twice. Where the clutch cables connects to the shifter box(??) there is a little clip that had fallen off. The first time this happened, the mechanic told me that I needed to replace the whole shifter box - costing me $400 dollars. The second time - about two years later a different mechanic charged me $15 for the clip and labor.

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take it back to clutch repair shop.. linkage is loose-out of adjustment/ clutch is not adjusted/bled or installed proper/ or internal transmission damage has occurred (syncros) .. good luck

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