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Manual transmission will not shift into any gear, even when the clutch is completely depressed. It's a hard shift to begin with and now when i have to come to a stop and say move it out of 4th gear and try to get it in to 2nd, it will not move into gear or any gear for that matter. i've turned the car off, started it, managed to shift into reverse and then get it into 1st then 2nd. happened suddenly hope it has something to do w/ the clutch and not the transmission.

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  • hyperianleo Jun 24, 2009

    lately i've had to make sure the pedal was depressed completely in order to get it into gear and even w/ the clutch down, i'll stalk out in 1st when the car starts moving.

  • hyperianleo Jun 24, 2009

    haven't checked the fluid yet, i read on this website how to fill it, but not where to check. is there a visible reservoir so i can see the level? also another mechanic mentioned that it could have something to do w/ the piston? (not sure if that's the right term) that's moves the fluid.

  • hyperianleo Jun 24, 2009

    mechanic says the clutch needs to be replaced, but wants to charge 650.00. is that reasonable? and is it poss. to get the parts and replace it myself?

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The problem sounds like the clutch. If you put it in 1st., then start it up, does it try to move with you foot on the clutch? Does the clutch pedal feel different than normal.

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  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Jun 24, 2009

    Have you checked the clutch fluid level? If yes, have you had to add?

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    Clint Smock Jun 24, 2009

    Should be a small reservoir on the drivers side near the firewall. Sounds like you have a leak, likely the slave cylinder.

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Jun 25, 2009

    You can do it yourself, but you have to remove the transmission to do it. So if you haven't done one before it will take some work to do it.

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time to put a new tranny in that jet most of the time it costs to much to repair it then replace it i have done may tranny rebuilds and replacements to me i would just tell you to replace it at least you will get a better warrentee and stuff

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SOURCE: after new clutch installed, shifter

Your shifter cables have gona bad, i had the same problem and its not your clutch thats causing the problem. Your shifter cables are just worn out and you need to replace them

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SOURCE: 1995 Sabb 900 clutch wont engege in reverse

Bad syncro for third gear. Sorry, but you aren't fixing this one yourself, unless you replace the transmission yourself.

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