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Suzuki Grand Vitara: speed manual..engine and clutch assembly..Reverse…

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I have a 2000 5 speed manual Suzuki Grand Vitara. It has had an engine and clutch assembly replaced in November 2004. A while ago it become difficult to shift directly to Reverse without going from 4th first. Now all gears are starting to get extremely tight. This only happens when the car is on. When it is off they all change smoothly.... Read full answer
I have a 2000 5 speed manual Suzuki Grand Vitara. It has had an engine and clutch assembly replaced in November 2004. A while ago it become difficult to shift directly to Reverse without going from 4th first. Now all gears are starting to get extremely tight. This only happens when the car is on. When it is off they all change smoothly.
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Your clutch is dragging slightly making it hard to shift. Either the plate is warped or the hydraulic system is leaking slightly. Have you noticed any slippage when you drive in higher gears? Try pumping the clutch pedal a couple of times and then see if it's hard to get into reverse. If it gets easier after pumping, the hydaulics are leaking down. If not or if it's slipping it may be time for a clutch. Also be sure that you don't have a floor mat bunched up under the clutch pedal-don't laugh, I've fixed a few cars by moving the floor mat.
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