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Old 04-22-2005, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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maybe i'm just an idiot, but i never had trouble with shifting before on my toyota pickup (yea i know the clutches aren't the same, but that pickup actually had a pretty stiff clutch). sometimes when i am going from a stop to 1st gear, it seems as if there's some resistance preventing a shift into 1st. if i let go of the clutch, sure enough, i get grinding. at first i thought that it might have been a lazy foot, but once i actually had my left foot pretty much all the way to the floor and the gear still grinded when i tried to get into 1st. if i take it back out and do it again, it works fine. what might this be? i don't know a whole lot about my car (or cars in general yet), as it's a relatively new purchase and i've always had semi-junkers before that i didn't take great care of, so this may be something very simple.

is this something as simple as transmission fluid or simply bad driving? or is it possible that something else is wrong?
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how many miles are on the car? and what year and kind of car is it? it could be a worn out clutch. or if the car has been abused in a past ownership it could aslo be a bad syncronizer for firts gear which would mean a transmission replacement is in order.
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how many miles are on the car? and what year and kind of car is it? it could be a worn out clutch. or if the car has been abused in a past ownership it could aslo be a bad syncronizer for firts gear which would mean a transmission replacement is in order.
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a 2002 325i and it only has a little under 49000 miles on it. is it possible that it is these problems already? and if so, is there any way to distinguish between the two problems that you mentioned above before taking it to a mechanic?
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There is third possibility:
That valve, that BMW installs in clutch hydraulic line before the clutch cylunder.
As far as worn clutch: I had suspision about my car and just stop by the dealership and ask service advisor, he ask technitian to take a ride with me, thechnician said the clutch is fine and quick test is to speed car up in first gear to just below redline, quickly shift to second, while releasing accelerator completely and drop the clutch. If rear wheels 'trip' then clutch fine.
As far as pumping clutch once before getting in the first, it was quite common on some of the older cars.
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