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Old 04-03-2006, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation grinding in 1st and second gear even when clutch is fully pressed?!!

wat could this be? syncro? im grinding almost everytime, even in slow shifts, i can feel the shifter grinding in 1st and 2nd...sometimes i cant even get into 2nd...
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Check your master and slave cylinders and check your clutch line for signs of expansion or leaking. Does this only happen in lower gears?
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Check your master and slave cylinders and check your clutch line for signs of expansion or leaking. Does this only happen in lower gears?
yes, i shoulda had u take a look last night

so far its only gear #1,2
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not sure if it's possible to top off clutch fluid (iirc, it's a shared reservoir for brakes and clutch) but have a look at that and see if it needs topping off. If that doesn't do it, it may be your synchros going, but I've seen older tranny's do better. Does it work better if you double clutch? If you can double clutch it smoothly it's probably just the synchros going.
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i would have to say your syncros , if its only the lower gears, youve probably blow them. the actual gears could be screwed up from a possible life of hard driving. start your saving young man you may need to get a new tranny soon
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nah if it's the synchros you can get around the problem by just double clutching your downshifts. I drove an 87 saab for 3 years on bad synchros.
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this is true, but its speed, he cant drive.. double clutching takes a mans touch :P

but on a serious note yes you can get around it, but how long will you want to go? i guess its really speeds choice, if you want you can drive it untill you have saved the money to replace or untill it dies.
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When I go down next time I'll probably have a quick drive up the street or something and I'll narrow it down.
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When I go down next time I'll probably have a quick drive up the street or something and I'll narrow it down.
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