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Hard Clutch it was hard to get the saab in gear. it was like i was grinding the gears. i pressed / pushed to hard and lost all pressure and now can not get the car to drive.

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Your post is in Honda Accord 2004 section but you has SAAB in the information.

The answer will apply to both vehicles.


Depend on the mileage on the gearbox and how skillful the driver(s) who own this car,the synchromesh can be worn out.

Before getting estimate for a new gear box,I would get the 75W-90 gear oil change first.

Pay close attention for the amount of fluid drain from the gear box and compare the standard amount of fluid required for you gearbox.

PLEASE post the year,make and model on reply.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009


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Hi i just put a new master cylinder a month back now today my clutch felt hard and when i put it in reverse heard a broken sound clutch went flat and oil came from the master what can the problem be


A mechanical 'breaking noise' doesn't sound good. It's hard to diagnose a problem online without being there to see/hear the vehicle. But .. it may be that your clutch pressure plate has broken/ release/throwout bearing has broken?

It's difficult to see why the master cylinder should leak - unless it was incorrectly fitted in the first place?

Just to check ... The master cylinder is in the engine bay/compartment and is where you top up with clutch fluid. When a master cylinder fails it usually results in no pressure at the clutch pedal, not a leak.

The clutch slave cylinder is the one that does all the work. When you press the pedal hydraulic pressure is sent from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder - which then pushes the release/throwout bearing against the clutch pressure plate and 'disconnects' the driven plate .. allowing you to change gear.

The slave cylinder is the one that does all the hard work - it is located somewhere where engine and gearbox mate together, usually at the bottom right/left. It's usually the one that fails/leaks. It's quite easy to replace..

I don't think it is anything to do with reverse gear. It's more to do with the clutch pedal being depressed - and, I would suspect - something has failed.

The link below is generic images of a clutch:
clutch diagram Google Search

Basically, a clutch is 3 parts. There's the 'pressure plate' which bolts onto your flywheel. The pressure plate is a 'spring'. You depress the clutch pedal and the release/throwout bearing presses onto the centre of the pressure plate causing the 'fingers' - the springs - to bend back and take pressure off the driven plate - which is the link - the drive - between engine and gearbox.

If you have a leak your clutch will not work. This causes a 'grinding/crashing' noise when you try to change gear. The first thing you should do is check where the leak is coming from and do something about it.

The 'noise' that you mention may be due to the fact that the gears are 'grinding' as they try to mesh together without the use of the clutch.

The first thing you should do is check why there's a leak. It's difficult to see why a new master cylinder is leaking unless it was incorrectly fitted and damaged (pipes incorrectly connected..).

If it's the slave cylinder that is leaking - replace it. Easy job.

If Master cylinder and slave cylinder are ok - you have to look at your clutch unit. A clutch is always replaced with 3 parts ... throwout bearing/pressure plate and driven disk.

May 04, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Hard to press clucth /hiace 2014 .while to engage hard to press clutch

check the clutch operation if it is hydraulic--press the pedal and see if the slave cylinder movers the throw out arm
It suggests a problem with the clutch master cylinder or a failed hose in the system that blocks off when the pressure is applied
hard to select the gears indicates that the pressure plate is not releasing
if it is a cable operation then replace the cable assembly as it is jamming up inside.

Aug 09, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Is it a hydraulic clutch in a 2004 Saab linear 9-3 could it be low on fluid the problem that it is hard to push and won't go into gear

sounds like internal clutch fault, you would probably be able to press to floor if low/no fluid. gearbox may have to come out as problem may lie with disc or pressure plate. also check pipe/master cyl has not collapsed by removing at gearbox end and pressing clutch. fluid should come out bit will need bled after. good luck 10_4_2013_1_56_56_pm.jpg

Sep 27, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Just replaced slave cylinder now grinds going into second gear

Sounds like it was being forced before and through out the syncro to the gear, not a hard thing to fix but very time consuming.

Oct 23, 2012 | Audi A3 Cars & Trucks

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My accent for some reason is so hard to put in gear and when your going to 3rd and 4th it grinds whats wrong with it

it sounds like you need a new clutch
if the clutch is not fully disengaging by you pushing on the shifter you are stopping the clutch
same thing with 3rd and 4th the clutch needs to be free from the flywheel and pressure
plate if not it keeps on turning and you end up forcing the gears that you need

so you might want to take it to a mechanic and get a second opinion

hope this helps you

May 07, 2011 | Hyundai Accent Cars & Trucks

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2006 GMC Canyon manuel transmission. When the clutch is fully engaged, there is a high pitch grinding noise. It is also hard to get into gear. What could this be?

What it sounds like is that your pilot bearing has gone out, and that could be causing the high pitch grinding noise and when the gears are hard to shift that is a tale tale sign of a bad/weak pressure plate and or master cylinder. I would recommend changing out the clutch, pilot bearing, pressure plate, slave cylinder and having the flywheel resurfaced.

Jan 21, 2011 | 2006 GMC Canyon

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Grind when putting into reverse, hard to gp into 1st gear

When it is hard to go into gear or grinding when going into gear is an indication of worn synchronizers. The only solution is to take it to a mechanic that specializes in transmissions and having the synchronizers replaced. Sometimes a weak clutch and clutch plate can make it hard to go into the lower gears, you may want to examine these first.

Aug 06, 2010 | 1995 Chevrolet C1500

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2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V clutch sticking and hard shifting

I am dealing with a very similar issue on my 03 Spec V , So far i noticed the clevis pin was loose and the locking hitch pin that slips thru it had fallen out . this caused the gears to not wanna engage due to the bolt behind the clevis which runs to the master cylinder was not getting pressed in when i pushed the clutch pedal in because the clevis pin was slippin on n off giving me no pressure up top .. I had to remove my lower dash panel in order to get visual n hand access to this pin , it is a tight spot to work in as well . May be easist to remove the 4 14mm bolts that hold yur driver seat in to give ya more room to work n stretch out ur arms

Sep 19, 2009 | 2003 Nissan Sentra

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