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Hard to shift, clutch recently replaced, would oiling the shifter linkage elimante and if yes how do i access?

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Check to see if it cable operated Clutch or rod may need to bleed Slave cylinder.And no greasing it wont help,especially since it wasnt a problem before I assume.

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