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1993 Volvo Torslanda manual gear box problem

Great Difficulty getting the manual gear box into 1st and 2nd. Any ideas of what might be wrong, gratefully received.

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    Careen Lancaster Apr 21, 2014

    Ref; 1993 Volvo 240 Torslanda Estate Car. Thanks for your help guys. Sound as though the clutch may need replacing ?



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This is just a general answer but there could be several possibilities that come to mind, firstly the clutch could be worn and near the end of it's life or it could be an adjustment issue. If it's a hydraulic operated clutch which involves a Master and Slave cylinder this can be bled to get the air out of it, typically there would be a bleeder screw where the Slave attaches to the transmission. Could be a bent fork (this operates the throw-out bearing) which releases the clutch disk pressure and allows the clutch to spin with no friction.
Check your brake fluid level as this is usually the same hydraulic reservoir for the clutch slave and master cylinder. have someone push the clutch in and out while you watch the movement of the clutch fork to see that it's travelling in and out or back and forth to release the pressure from the clutch.
There is typically an inspection plate at the bottom of the transmission that can be removed for a bit more viewing of the components.
The throw-out bearing could be stuck or going bad, typically this would be like a grinding noise or whirring noise when in Neutral and or when applying the clutch, if this throw out bearing is going bad and they will if they sit for a while but usually will loosen up some or free itself a bit from usage - this is, if it's been sitting for a while and hasnt' been used in a while.
Finally there are brass syncro-mesh gears inside the transmission and if you miss the gears too many times the ends of these gears get worn and you wont get it into gear easily.
Check the fluids on your transmission firstly, there will be a plug on the side, half-way up that you remove and stick a finger in and the fluid level should be level with the check plug that you removed. If you put your finger in and feel no fluid then it is low and be sure to use the correct fluids - see your manual.
Prior to this perhaps there is an adjustment on the shifter linkage that has moved and doesn't allow the full travel of the shifter linkage. This is usually along side of the transmission where the linkage attaches to the transmission - look for a rod with a set-screw on it, sometimes the set-screw loosens or it slides and gives less travel and an easy fix. This is typical of the older Chev trucks but not certain about your specific model.
Hope this helps a bit to try and eliminate some things to get closer to resolving your vehicles issues.
Good luck.

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  • Rj Right Apr 21, 2014

    Hydraulic fluid is not red as suggested below, that is true of Auto Transmission fluid but standard is typically clear to a yellowish color, clear being the best of course.



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#1. Try putting in second gear, then go to first.   #2 Try putting it in reverse, come off the clutch just enough to move the car slightly, then put into first.
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