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I have a 04 mini non S. You can put the car into gear but it…

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Hello, I have a...

Hello, I have a 04 mini cooper non S.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your MINI yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes, You can put the car into gear but it will not move forward. You can put it in reverse and it will back up.

Mechanic's Assistant: How old is the transmission? Have you checked the brake switch?

You can put it into gear with out engaging the clutch, no grind no movement. you can't put the car in reverse without clutch it will grind, could it be a frozen slave cylinder? The transmission is original with 81K. Haven't checked brake switch.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I think that is it

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Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

This is pretty certainly a mechanical failure n the transmission. If the problem affected forward and reverse the same way then a clutch problem would be suspect but if it moves in reverse and grinds without pressing the clutch then that should rule out a clutch problem.

With the trans in neutral and engine off are you able to push the car forward and back?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
the car goes forward and back with engine off in neutral. At time of original failure it I did have reverse no I no longer do (with it running).
Also with engine off in 1st gear couldn't take it out of gear to neutral without engaging clutch.
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

With the engine off and trans in first gear are you able to push the car? What about reverse?

Does the clutch pedal feel normal?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
With engine off and in 1st cannot push it. Can't try reverse right now on a bit of a downgrade,
Clutch pedal feels normal.
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

Was there abnormal noise at ant time, clutch smell?

Were there any problems leading up to this?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Leading up to failure sometimes had trouble engaging into 1st or reverse, some grinding almost always in reverse. (Attributed to parking on a down slope and being an older car)
No clutch smell at anytime.
At time of failure we had taken car to local shop to have a broken end link replaced.
They took it out for a test drive prior to repair (?) and said clutch fell out of gear on test drive. Accelerating uphill, at that point we towed in to our house.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Sometimes when you would fight it into reverse and begin to let clutch out it would jump out of gear.
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago
What you were experiencing previously is indicative of clutch failure. In light of the new information I believe you have a clutch failure rather than a mechanical trans failure.
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
What are your thoughts about Clutch Slave Cylinder?
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

It's not going to be the slave cylinder if the pedal feels normal and there are no leaks.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
http://my.justanswer.com/question/guest/a1e3e9767a034b06bd347e8c90810573
I happened upon this site by reading this thread from 2009, however it leaves off with
last comment pointing toward froze slave cylinder. Although it is a bit confusing it seems
as if I have same issues, and they start by rebuilding clutch and checking trans. Do you
have access to the resolution of that thread? I sent you a link.
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

I've never seen or heard of a frozen slave cylinder. If the slave cylinder wasn't able to move then the clutch pedal would be extremely hard or impossible to press.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
http://my.justanswer.com/question/guest/a1e3e9767a034b06bd347e8c90810573Do you have access to the answer on this thread? It shows resolved I just can't see the end?
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

There is nothing more than you can see.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
That doesn't seem resolved? What was the answer he was given about that car?
Auto Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 months ago

You can see the entire thread.

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