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struggle when shifting with manual clutch.Sometimes cant even move it

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I have a struggle when shifting with manual clutch.Sometimes can't even move it.

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Is the handle hard to move or it just won't go into gear?



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
At times I can't move it at all. When it finally does move I have to force it into gear.

So it's the shifter that you are having trouble moving?




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes.And it gets scarey if I'm waiting at a stop light with car in neutral and then can't shift right away.

Will the shifter move left/right in neutral?




Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Is it hard to move it left/right in neutral (not trying to get it into gear)?


(I am very sorry about all the questions, I'm just trying to give accurate diagnostic.)


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Just went out and tried it!!! It moves in neutral okay. Then when I wanted to put it in first to turn engine iff, we battled again.

Do you ever hear a grinding noise when you are putting the car into gear?



Customer: replied 7 years ago.

If there is no grinding, then the clutch is being disengaged properly. This is not a clutch fluid system problem.


To me it sounds like a shifter assembly issue. Most likely you will need to have the whole shifter assembly replaced.



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