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Old 01-01-2009, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Very hard to shift into 1st gear, please share some insight!

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After owning my car for about 4 mths now, the tranny has been really getting on my nerves. Whenever I come to a dead stop, put it in neutral, and try and get back into the first, I find it very difficult (sometimes)

I usually have to fiddle around with the tranny, for example, try and put it into second then slide into first and if that dosnt work, try third and then first. This problem is intermittent, i.e. it only happens sometimes. I do not know whether it is the design of the tranny or if its a problem. I dont usually like to force things in, so I keep fiddling till it works (and its holding up traffic at lights).

ps. there are no grinds going into any gear, so I hope its not the synchros. Could it be the fluid? The car did sit for a good year.

Please help, if its normal. I can deal with it
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:10 AM   #2
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if anyone knows away to avoid this problem (like the trick with reverse so it dosnt grind)..share
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Try adjusting the clutch
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:28 AM   #4
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By the way, I had a strong feeling it was the clutch, because it never happens on a cold start. How do I adjust the clutch?
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If its a stock quadrant, then put the car in 1st, engine off, push the pedal to the floor and let it out, then you use your arm and pull the clutch pedal up towards you and see if you can feel it click. Rinse and repeat
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I got lost when you said rinse. Please explain what Ill have to rinse (will I need oil on hand) for the clutch. Forgive me if I sound ignorant, Im new to these cars.
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I got lost when you said rinse. Please explain what Ill have to rinse (will I need oil on hand) for the clutch. Forgive me if I sound ignorant, Im new to these cars.
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You dont have to rinse, I was simply saying repeat the process.. It was a figure of speech
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oh lmao...believe it or not I actually thought something was gonna leak out if i did that. maybe its just so late at night....ill try what you said tomorrow, and let you know how it goes. thanks for the help.
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Question though, whats happening when it clicks? Am I basically lowering the release point?
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You are taking up the slack in the clutch cable. I really dont think the pedal itself will be affected that much.
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