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My transmission will not shift into any gears with the engine running and clutch fully depressed. It will shift into all gears without the engine running. I have to place the transmission in first gear, then start the engine before I can dive. Can speed sift thru all gears no problem There are no noises coming from transmission, all is quiet gbarkhouse@live.com

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  • gbarkhouse May 08, 2009

    clutch slave cylinder IS FULL
    WHEN YOU START ENGINE IN GEAR WITH CLUTCH DEPRESSED, CAR WANTS TO MOVE AHEAD, AND IS HARD TO PULL SHIFTER OUT OF GEAR


  • Bruce Volkers
    Bruce Volkers May 11, 2010

    Does the clutch pedal still have the same "feel" or does it just go to the floor easily?

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Check the fluid level on your clutch slave cylinder. Have someone depress the clutch while visually observing the movement of the levers under the hood. Could also be a bad throwout bearing.

Posted on May 08, 2009

  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 08, 2009

    obviously the clutch isn't disengaging when clutch pedal is depressed.
    Did it slowly get worse? or did it come on all of a sudden?



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