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I just bought a 93 Mazda Protege and i was driving it home when i stopped once and then it wouldnt let me change gears anymore(its a standard). I turned the car off and then it wouldnt get any power.... I had a friend help me tighten the battery connection but it is old and corroded. We got the connection and i can start the car now but it still won't shift into any gears. Is it that the battery is not connected well enough to give me enough power to change gears or is it something else. The car drove fine all day yesterday until last night.

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  • nboxwell Aug 22, 2010

    where is the bleeder screw located

  • nboxwell Aug 23, 2010

    Ok so i bleed the slave cylinder until the brake fluid was comming out clear, made sure there were was no air in the system. All that did not help with making the car go into gear. I checked the master cylinder and the slave cylinder for any noticable leaks but could not see any on either of the two. I was told to try and check the transmission fluid by a guy at auto zone here but i couldnt not find the bolt they were talking about on the tranny. Also one of them thinks its the clutch itself. Should i go ahead and change out the master and the slave anyway or does this sound more like the clutch itself to you?


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Ok, so you got the battery connections ok.

Now, the shifting into any gears problem is more due to a clutch problem than a battery problem.



  1. Remove the rubber cap from the bleeder screw on the release cylinder.
  2. Place a bleeder tube over the end of the bleeder screw.
  3. Submerge the other end of the tube in a jar half filled with hydraulic brake fluid.
  4. Slowly pump the clutch pedal fully and allow it to return slowly, several times.
  5. While pressing the clutch pedal to the floor, loosen the bleeder screw until the fluid starts to run out. Then close the bleeder screw. Keep repeating this Step, while watching the hydraulic fluid in the jar. As soon as the air bubbles disappear, close the bleeder screw.
  6. During the bleeding procedure the reservoir must be kept at least 3⁄4 full.
The clutch master or slave cylinder could be leaking.

If the slave cylinder is leaking, it will have to be replaced:

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If equipped with a flexible hydraulic line connecting the slave cylinder, loosen the fitting at the hose-to-tube junction and remove the clip from the bracket. Remove the hose from the slave cylinder using a tubing wrench and plug the hydraulic line. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the clutch release (slave) cylinder assembly I just bought a 93 - 89547g08.gif

  3. On all other vehicles, loosen the hydraulic line fitting at the slave cylinder. Disconnect and plug the line.
  4. Remove the slave cylinder mounting bolts and remove the slave cylinder. To install:
  5. Install the slave cylinder and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  6. Connect the hydraulic line and tighten with a tubing wrench.
  7. If equipped with a flexible hose, connect the hose and tighten with a tubing wrench. Attach the hose to the bracket and install the clip. Connect the hydraulic line and tighten the fitting with a tubing wrench.
  8. Bleed the air from the system.
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  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 22, 2010

    The bleeder screw is found on the slave cylinder which looks like a wheel cylinder on the rear drum brakes of many cars.

  • nboxwell Aug 22, 2010

    So i found the bleeder screw and bleed the system and it didnt work... Is it best to bleed it while the vehicle is running or turned off(does it matter)... the fluid that bleeded out was black, i dont know if that has anything to do with anything but there were some bubbles that came out. I stopped after repeating the process a few times and there were no more bubbles comming out. I don't see any leaks on the thing anywhere. Where should i look exactly for leaks? Also i forgot to mention yesterday that when the car is off i can shift gears easily, but when its on i cant, I tried to put into reverse and it started grinding really loud, not sure if that helps

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 23, 2010

    The fluid should be clear and maybe a little bit like Honey, but not black.

  • nboxwell Aug 23, 2010

    so should i keep on bleeding it till it clears and then try?

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 23, 2010

    The color should not be black, and if even if you bleed the system, the seals which are black may be no good. So, I would bleed until it works, but it may need a new part (slave cylinder or master cylinder or both) to make the clutch work correctly.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Aug 23, 2010

    If bleeding the air from the system doesn't solve it,

    and, replacing the slave and master cylinder doesn't solve it,

    then there is a problem with the clutch itself, which is much more expensive than the above, but if you plan to drive the vehicle, it will be necessary to replace the clutch pressure plate, and the associated parts such as the throw out bearing and the clutch material (if you go that deep it makes sense to rebuild the clutch entirely).


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