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Old 05-29-2010, 09:29 PM
1loneranger 1loneranger is offline
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Default Difficulty Getting In Gear

Greetings. This is my first post so I hope I get it right.

I have a '94 (123,000) 2.3L with a manual transmission. Recently I began having trouble getting it in first gear or reverse from a dead stop. Since this began I now start the vehicle in the gear I need. Reverse when backing out or first when going forward. When driving I've had to result to putting it in first gear just as I am rolling to a stop. Or in the case of going from reverse to first sometimes I have to shut the vehicle off, put it in first, restart and then proceed. If I'm still rolling a little in reverse sometimes I can get it to go into first. After I get moving everything is fine. The clutch seems to be in good shape judging by how far off the floor I lift the pedal to get moving. There's no mashing of gears except when at a full stop and attempting to get it in gear. Sometimes there's a little grinding noise - sometimes there's not. (Reverse gives me the most trouble) Sometimes I just have to push the shifter a little harder to it get in gear. If it were the slave cylinder wouldn't I have trouble shifting in all gears? Some notes: I changed the transmission fluid at 100,000 and the clutch resevoir is full.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:55 AM
sgtsandman sgtsandman is offline
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Default Re: Difficulty Getting In Gear

I would suspect the slave or master cylinder first; however try bleeding the system first to see if air has gotten in there. The procedure is the same as bleeding brakes but the reservoir drains a LOT quicker.

It is possible that you synchronizes are messed up. I would start cheap and easy and go up from there or you could take it to a transmission place and take a chance that they will try to rake you over the coals. Such places like to say the transmission needs replaced instead of trying to find out what the real problem is.
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