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Old 01-13-2011, 06:54 PM
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Default Shifting Issues

Been a while since I have made it on here, and unfortunately, I'm not returning with a fun post...

2003 XL 2.3L 5 speed manual

Today I went to go to work and I could not get in gear. No matter what I tried to get into I could not shift. It was like trying to shift without using the clutch at all. The gear shift would just get completely stopped from going into gear. After the truck gets warm, I seem to be able to shift just fine, oddly enough.

It seems almost like the clutch is not releasing fully and is always slightly engaged. It also seems like the clutch pedal has a bit more play in it than normal, like I have to push further for it to start to engage.

From what I've read in other posts, it sounds like maybe it could be the slave cylinder, but I am not sure.

It feels like an adjustment would be all it takes, but if I'm correct, you can't adjust a hydraulic clutch (correct me if it's not hydraulic or if you can adjust them..).

Anyways, if anyone has any other ideas or easy things for me to check before I start replacing a bunch of parts, I would much appreciate it.

Thanks guys.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: Shifting Issues

could be, sounds like it's in the mechanicals of the clutch, the master cylinder is the cheapest part and most common to fail, although I cant say for sure thats the problem.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:20 AM
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I will assume when the truck is off the gears shift fine.........are you losing fluid? if you are look to see if it is on the firewall etc or if it is around the tranny were the slave is. if you are not losing fluid at all I would suspect the clutch master cylinder is leaking/ internally.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:58 AM
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You are correct in that it does shift fine when off. I will check on the fluids after work and post my findings.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:19 AM
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I am not seeing any sort of leak. The level of fluid looks pretty good to me, doesn't seem overly low. This would make me assume you are right modelageek.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:32 AM
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I am not seeing any sort of leak. The level of fluid looks pretty good to me, doesn't seem overly low. This would make me assume you are right modelageek.
a few thoughts. you might want to flush the fluid out of the cutch...it might be a long shot but for 15 minutes work. if it was my truck I think I would change the MC first just because it is easier and chapter and most likely your issue. there is a slight chance it is the slave. I dont know if you have seen these 2 videos but they are pretty informative. if you do flush the fluid out of the MC all you want to do is open the bleeder avle on the slave and let it run out while someone keeps filling the reservoir up....DO NOT TOUCH THE PEDAL ......when i did mine it came out pretty slow i let it run for about 10 minutes and keep the reservoir full


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Old 01-19-2011, 12:58 PM
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Just an update:

I was finally able to get outside and try bleeding the hydraulics (it was 15 degrees with wind chill instead of 3 with freezing rain!) and it seems like that did the trick. I am going to keep an eye on things and make sure the fluid level doesn't drop or anything and make sure it doesn't seem to be having these issues again. I'm hoping it'll be ok at least long enough for nicer weather to come about for me to work on it.

Thanks for the help guys.
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