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Bad clutch or worse problem

Even with a bad clutch shouldnt you be able to get some reation from the vehicle being in gear( ie lurching foward when trying to start it) what would cause it not to engage the gears

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No if the clutch was bad you could shift it into the gears but would not move at all if the clutch shattered. However if your meaning you can't get the gear selector to move into gears then you have a different problem.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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  • sir_ustad May 28, 2010

    i just remember my clutch going on my sonoma i was not able to start it because everytime i tried to start it with it in gear it would jump forward a bit,, i could engage and disengage the gears ,, just not while it was running ,, this is no a 4wd btw,, it was brought up it might be the shifting fork,, i can see the shift cables( its a cable linkage not a rod linkage) they seem to be doing fine,,
    if you think its still the clutch i will continue to work on replacing it ,,
    any other suggestions before spending 100 plus on a clutch kit


  • Bruce Hathcock May 28, 2010

    It could be anything but remember the clutch is always engaged until you push the pedal down then that releases the fiber disk away from the flywheel and from the drive of the transmission, going by it bing an 86 I would assume it is a stick shift. If it will go threw the gears and won't move there are a couple of things other than the clutch. but If I remember correctly there is no way to get to the fork without removing the transmission anyway. It being a 4 wheel drive you could have the 4x4 stuck between 2x4 and 4x4 and that would cause it not to turn or the truck to move. so check that as well. If you go into 4x4 and it still won't move then remove the rubber grommet from the fork area that seals the transmission off from the fork. and use a flashlight to see if the fork is broken and to see if the throw out bearing might be sized on the transmission shaft. Also does the pedal feel funny? like soft? or is the foot throw short? and can you feel it shift into gear? or does it feel loose?

  • sir_ustad May 29, 2010

    its not a 4x4,,, its front wheel drive,,
    pedal feels like its working ,, gear shifts like its hitting in gear,,
    just no reaction from the transmission
    when i say it feels like the clutch is engaged,, i mean it feels like the clutch is depressed ,, all the time,,

  • Bruce Hathcock May 29, 2010

    The most common problem would be a bad pressure plate and clutch disk so either way it will have to come out to look at it. once you have the pressure plate off the flywheel set it on a flat surface and if the forks are uneven then the springs in the pressure plate is bad, and if you look at the fiber disk toy will see it is close to the rivets if it is then it to will have to be replaced you will need to remove the flywheel and have it surfaced also replace the throw out bearing and fork, as well check where the rod goes on the side of the transmission and see if the rod pin has broken. if it is a hydraulic clutch then you may have a bad slave or master cylinder but that is less common.



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