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I just purchased a 2002 Mazda Protege5. I was told that he

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Good morning. I just purchased a 2002 Mazda Protege5. I was told that he and his nephew just replaced the clutch and when they finished the car was stuck in 3rd gear. He said that they didn't bleed it properly and if rebled properly the problem would be fixed. I am now doubting that. There is lots and lots of play in the stick but is not moving out of 3rd with the car running or off. The clutch does engage too close to the floor I believe, but it does engage allowing the car to run with the clutch depressed and with high rpm it can be released and driven. What is the most likely cause?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Mazda
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 9 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

There may still be an issue with the clutch but there is definitely another problem if the shifter is loose and you're unable to shift even with the engine off. You have a linkage issue or possibly an internal issue in the transmission.

Have you checked the linkage to see if it's intact, physically blocked, loose, etc?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I have not had a chance to get into it yet. Do you think with current info the linkage is the most likely problem
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 9 months ago.

IF the shifter is loose that almost surely indicates a linkage issue.