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Cant shift? reverse grinds? and pressure in clutch is low

I turn my 1994 chevy camaro v6 on in N and go to put it in 1st, wont budge. try any other gear except reverse and nothing.. i go put it in reverse and grinding noise so yea. i can only drive it if i start it in 1rst, it will jump forward also, and while holding clutch in while in first gear, i let off the brake and it will go forward, without letting go of clutch?
i checked resevoir and fluid is there, no leaking under car.. i thought it might be slave cylinder but what if its clutch and flywheel. let me know what you all think thanks.

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  • hellohello42 Oct 03, 2009

    another thing, is if i try driving it after starting in 1rst, its sooo hard to get in a gear, like i have to force it in any gear, same with downshifting, but its parked and i dont drive it cuz its like i have to use two hands to force it and i dont wanna mess anything else up



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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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    Samyfam Oct 04, 2009

    What I was trying to say, obviously not very well (!), was that on balance I dont think you have a major / expensive problem - such as the flywheel or clutch plate/springs having failed like you feared.

    In my opinion, the underlying problem is that the clutch is not disengaging properly and making gear selection very difficult. However, the exact cause of this could be several things and a full diagnosis is only possible by examining the car.

    Apart from checking the obvious such as whether the clutch pedal is actually still connected to the master cyclinder, and that at the slave cyclinder is still actually connected to the clutch lever on the gearbox/engine, I would focus on the following:-

    As you identify the clutch on your car is hydraulically operated, yet there is no sign of leakage, my immeasdiate suspicions would go to the master and slave piston seals. Any damage to these means that when the clutch pedal is pressed, fluid just moves around the piston seals instead of moving the slave cyclinder piston and thus the clutch lever on the gearbox. There is a possiblity that air has got into the clutch hydraulic system so bleeding it may help, however air normally only gets in when other work has been done on the system. When was the fluid last chnaged ? Fluid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere over time so unless changed regularily, the system can corrode internally. This causes problems such as damage to the piston seals as above, but can also cause internal springs to break up.

    It's now your call - do you have the skills/tools/knowledge to dismantle/repair/reassemble the clutch hydraulics ? If not, take it to a garage.



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