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Shifter won't budge - 5speed manual/standard transmission

02 Cavalier Gertrag 5speed manual -Vin 4 (LN2) 2.2L
93K miles (~150K km)

. Shifter won't budge into any gear after startup. Vehicle will move while shifter in 1st when starting vehicle - as it seems the clutch or gear is artially engaged while clutch pedal is still to the floor. When I release the clutch it stays in gear - can only shift out if speed and rpm matches (power shifting?)- not always. Clutching declutching alone at this point has no effect - gear won't budge from whatever gear it is driving in.

Was an intermittant problem that seemed to resolve if (1)clean up linkages and re-lube or (2) turn off car clutch and declutch and shift R,1,2,3,4,5 and back down again several times - could tell that it would work when the shifting was smoothe while engine off -if rough or required and extra yank to put in gear while powered off -in would not budge when started. Has been going on sparodically - since approx 60K. Seemed pronounced after parking on any incline or decline. Noticed clutch reservoir low this year and topped up. Noticed sweat coming from hose connection to reservoir.
It now appears to be a permanent problem.

Air in Clutch system? Shifter linkage problem? Shifter cables, malfunctioning sensor at clutch pedal?

Shifter linkages at transmission may not have been properly lubricated in the early life of the car or frequently enough - every 3months according to owners manual. But it has been within this time frame later -(ie some early oil changes did not also lubricate the shift linkage

I don't think this is a replace clutch or transmission problem, do you?

Bled the clutch using only 1 bottle of brake fluid car level, fluid an bottle slightly lower than bleeder screw opening. Don't know if that was proper place to bleed from or if car should have been jacked up at the front and the bleeder placed at the highest point or not (does this matter) Have heard this particular clutch hard to bleed this way (don't know if that's just a gm service technician trying to scare or not).Should the bleeder be elevated (ie raise front end & elevate bleeder bottle above rest of the system or not)


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    02 cavalier - 5 speed wont go into gear and when i start the car it wants to go, also the clutch pedal just stays right to the floor wont come back up.



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Before you do anything pop the little cent rag off the stick shift and lube up the assembly, and lube anything you can see that moves. my girlfriends cavy was doing this and also my cousins sunfire and it fixed it both times!!!!! try silicone lube, or maybe even wd40!! theres a white piece up under the console you can barley see lube that up !

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Sounds to me like the throw out bearing isn't putting enough pressure on the clutch. Several things are possible. The fluid itself is leaking into the transaxle via the hydrolic line (puts pressure on the T.O. bearing while clutch is in), bad slave cylinder, letting fluid leak past the seals internally.
Or as you speculated, air somehow got in the line.

My Haynes mannual says to elevate the front end of the car but is very vague as to why.

Where is the bleeder you are cracking? Is it near the firewall? If so how do you get at it??? I'm having similar problems here and came accross your post. My fluid vanished one day (empty)! I'm wondering what to do myself. Please take time to e-mail me and let me know how your problem was resolved.


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Sounds like you need to change the clutch the clutch is no good if it is stickking like that also while changing the clutch i would change the clutch master and the clutch slave

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