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Re: Clutch goes to floor and stays
The trick to driving a manual transmission is giving gas very gently
while letting the clutch up. The clutch only starts to engage when the
pedal is about an inch and a half from the floor, so any gas you give
before that will cause unecessary revving. To get a feel for when
the clutch engages, try the following excercise. Put the car in first
gear and bring the clutch up ever so slowly without giving gas. At a
certain point you will feel the clutch starting to engage and hear a
difference in the sound of the engine. If you're bringing the clutch up
too fast the car will stall. If you bring it up slowly enough the clutc
will start to engage and you will begin to advance.
This excercise will develop your motor skill to manipulate the clutch
effectively and will allow you to know exactly when to give gas when
letting the clutch up.
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A clutch pedal normally does go all the way to the floor. If you can shift gear without a crunch, it is disengaging OK.
The loss of power could mean the clutch plate is worn and is slipping when engaged. There is a crude test for this. Start the engine and idle it. Apply the footbrake firmly, depress the clutch and put the gearbox in 3rd. Let the clutch out slowly. If the engine does not immediately stall, the clutch needs replacing.
That smell is your clutch material burning up from the engine reving and the clutch being partially engaged. When a clutch gets that hot a few things happen, the clutch disk material wears down giving less grab and the pressure plate overheats causing warpage, erratic engagement, slippage and weakening of the metal spring or flanges that apply pressure to the clutch pack. The clutch might be damaged, your (or the previous owners) driving habits may be wearing it at an accelerated rate or there could be a master/slave cylender issue.
Its a manual trans right? Those are probably worn syn rings in the transmission, or a loose throw out bearing on the clutch. but if it was a throw out bearing it should be happening in all gears. So its probably worn sync rings in the trans. this means you need your trans rebuilt. go to a local trans shop. to make it shift easier for now, try to match the speed of the car with the speed of the engine. what i mean is when upshifting to 5th gear, wait for a sec til the engine drops in rpms to shift (wait til the rpms are they would be right after you shift into gear). This will allow you to shift without syncs, and make it an easier shift. don't worry its easier then it sounds. but best to get it fixed
Does your clutch pedal move in and out freely?Or is it to the floor?If it's to the floor then it's your clutch slave cylinder.This is a weak point on most 5 speeds it seems.Also check your fluid.If it stays up and moves,then it is most likely in your tranny.This is your synchros.You could also check your cable and make sure it is adjusted,If it gets out of line then it can make it hard or impossible to shift.Hope this help get you somewhere.
I have a 2002 Dodge Ram that doesn't like to shift into 2nd when flooring it from a Stop. Imagine if you were to floor the gas in neutral, the engine REDLINEs and the engine governor kicks in to keep the RPM from blowing the engine......while stuck in first Gear. If i let off the gas, it goes into 2nd fine. I have replaced the Speed Sensor on the transmission ($18) and it seemed to fix it for one day. After 200 miles, its doing it again. ANybody have legitimate answers in here? Its only got 60K miles..wtf?