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03 GTS 5spd physically hard to impossible to get into

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03 GTS 5spd physically hard to impossible to get into reverse. Otherwise, is fine. New heavy duty clutch about 21k ago. It just started doing this out of the blue.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.


If the engine is off do you still have difficulty entering reverse or does it go in easily with the engine not running?

Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.

It looks like we missed each other.

If the shifter is hard to get into reverse while the engine is off too, then that would only leave an internal issue with the transmission (damaged synchronizer ring, damaged gear, bent fork etc).
If the shifter goes into reverse when the engine is off without any significant effort, then we are going to be looking back into the clutch job... the only expected cause for that behavior would be the clutch not fully disengaging.
If this is the case, I would check your pedal operation to make sure nothing looks unusual under the dash (nothing bent etc). If all looks well I would check your slave cylinder operation and make sure you have decent throw of the piston to move the fork... if it only moves a small amount, look for leaks. If no leaks are found, try bleeding the system out for air, and if still no improvement then consider replacing the master cylinder (do not use aftermarket for that part though).

If there is normal throw of the slave piston, then that would only leave a prematurely failed clutch.