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Replaced clutch 95 camaro for slippage,had flywheel machined,was told by machine shop took about .003 off surface,problem is trans will not go in reverse w/running,grinds like clutch not disengaged,slave travel appears to be about 3/8-1/2'' travel,is that enough??? joe

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The situation in which grinding can be heard is when placing the transmission into reverse from a stopped position, e.g., when leaving a parking space. Grinding occurs here in part because reverse is often not a synchromesh gear. If one does not leave the transmission in reverse or a forward gear when parked, it is likely that you will hear grinding in the transmission when shifting into reverse no matter how far the clutch pedal is held in when shifting. To avoid grinding in reverse, one must "clear the gate": first place the gear shift into a forward gear, then shift into reverse. This will eliminate any grinding that is heard. It works because all gears have the same speed when the car is stopped. --------------- On 5-speed synchromesh transmissions, the gates will lock out a shift from 5th gear down into reverse as a safety feature; therefore, place the shifter into another forward gear before shifting into reverse. Some old cars have synchromesh on the upper gears but not on 1st, so this procedure should be used every time they are started from a stop.----------- you could have an air pocket in the line that goes to the slave cylinder.And yes 3/8 to 1/2 is ok.But check both as well as slave and master cylinder. ----------------- The real problem is more likely to be bent or broken release fingers on the pressure plate. If the fingers are bent, you can't release the clutch fully. If that is the problem you may as well replace the clutch disc, throw-out bearing and pilot bearing. -------- Check out.keep updated.thanks.

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    raj somaiya Sep 30, 2010

    Check the master cylinder and slave cylinder.Also check if the reservoir is full.slave cylinder on the clutch is not functioning, check the hydraulic fluid level to make sure it has some,pump the clutch pedal a couple of times before you attempt to engage the gearshifter, if it works chances are the fluid is contaminated or has air. The next logical step is to attempt to bleed the system of the offending material to see if that will permanently solution the problem. If the reservoir is low or dry suspect a leak probably at the cylinder but check the mastercylinder and hoses and connections also. From the sounds of it is the clutch slave cylinder.
    Everything about your transmission is fine except when you try to back up your car. Then there is a delay before the transmission shifts into reverse. This doesn't happen in any forward gear.
    The probable causes are:
    1. The transmission's fluid level is too low.
    2. You have an internal problem in the transmission.
    3. The transmission's fluid is dirty and contaminated.
    4. Your transmission filter is clogged.
    The clutch is covered with oil.
    The clutch linkage is binding.
    Check out.Thanks for keeping updated with your query.



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