Clutch, Transmission or Both?
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    Clutch, Transmission or Both?

    Hello everyone,

    Ive been doing research and found lots of similar threads but not exactly the same.
    My issue: a few years ago my car was stuck in 5th gear and I solved it by forcing it out. Car worked fine for a couple years. Recently, after mis-shifting into third, I can no longer go into third gear. 4th gear is also a pain to go into as it takes a little force to get it in and out. Its not smooth. Also, when I try to force it into 3rd, it grinds but never actually goes in.
    For sure I'm replacing the clutch since ive never changed it and my car has 100k miles. I'll likely have my buddy check the tranny synchros while hes at it too.
    But Ive read a lot of different posts about how it could just be a clutch or a shift cable or even the tranny. Has anyone ever experienced similar issues? If so, what was the resolution?

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    Can you shift through all the gears easily with the engine off?
    (you may need to move the car front/back a little to line up the syncros.)

    Yes: look for clutch problems, also check crankshaft end play.
    No: check the shift cable connections at the transmission, if they are ok then it's probably time to open the gearbox.
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    If I were you, I'd put the front of the car on jack stands, pull shifter cables off, and actuate by hand. Mine was smooth and easy to move by hand. Here's a link of a nuetral swing, 1st through 6th, R, then not sure past that. You can get a idea what each cables job is. If it's smooth here, cable or bushing problem. If not smooth, you've probably got a transmission problem.
    Last edited by 9thgensifamily; 05-08-2019 at 10:20 AM.

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    i actually had ehat sounds like the same problem. for me it was the clutch it was beyond toast

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