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Old 09-01-2004, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seems I have very slight resistance when shifting gears (like a little bump), particularly when going into first ,from 1st to 2nd, and 2nd to 3rd. Occassionally I have difficulty getting it into first, but just go into second and move it into 1st.

Is this a clutch, sychro, or clutch problem. I've read some past threads, but nothing conclusive. Sorry I can't describe "bump" better. It's more like a slight resistance between the gears, like a little notchy.

Any ideas? What to do?
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selector rod bearings all loose or somthing? Gate out of alignment? Worn out transmission mounts and the transmission has settled a little offset to one side? Transmission fluid low?

You can either remove the boot on the shifter and take a look to see if somthing's causing the problem there, or jack the car up and take a look underneith at it. Other than that, it may be inside the gearbox.

Don't rely on me, but it can't hurt to take a look at what's going on as best you can.
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That use to happen to me all the time when i first got my car...doesn't seem to be happening any more though. I'm interested to knowing the cuase of this too. To describe the bump, it's more like the transmission isnt letting u shift to 1st, unless you go to 2nd first, then up to 1st. Does that make sense?
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Thanks. Basically I'll need to get it checked out. Still trying to find a competent BMW mechanic. The nearest is the dealer whom eveyone in the area says sucks.
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it has been my experience that when you feel that resistance and have to shift to second (or any other gear ) to get into first the clutch is getting close to worn. first gear synchros usually fail only when you do a lot of high rpm downshifting from second to first. but tranny fluid and mounts as someone else are a good place to start your search.

one more thing.. do you have trouble getting into reverse? do you have to "clear the gate" by going in to first gear first? if you do that is also a strong indicator of worn clutch.
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