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    Gess dodint's Avatar
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    I'll keep you updated.

    The day I bought this car I drove it from Atlanta to Knoxville (January 1st), through the Tail of the Dragon in NC/TN. Didn't have a problem at all. Nor any time I drove it after that including the trip to Pittsburgh.

    Then on my way home from the Ready Player One opening weekend it started to get really tight getting into first at red lights. And now each time I've taken it out since then after about 30 minutes of driving it gets really hard to get into low gears and reverse. I guess I'm most concerned because it's an emerging problem, and I'm worried about damaging the linkages by forcing it into gear.

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    Boooo!

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    Another project added to the list.

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    First of all check the oil level in the gearbox. If it is very low and/or you don't know what kind of oil is in there or when it was last changed, drain it all out and refill with fresh. Next, flush and bleed the clutch system with brake fluid. Inspect the trans mounts for cracks, especially the left one. Finally, check for worn rubber bushings in the shift linkage and replace and adjust it. If you still have trouble shifting you may need a clutch. While the output seals can leak and make a big mess, that isn't the problem unless they have been leaking for a long time and you are low on gear oil.
    David Teitelbaum

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    I couldn't really see how low the oil was, my fingers couldn't really get in there to tell. Drained the old stuff out and filled it with the Red Line 75W90NS I mentioned earlier. Finished up around 10PM and won't be able to drive it till Tuesday.

    Drove it for about 20 minutes before doing the transmission and engine oil changes, to get the fluids running a bit. Took notice of two two behaviors; the only forward gear that is difficult to get into is First which takes firm steady pressure, and Reverse grinds regardless of how slow or fast I apply the gear selector. All other gears shift fine. First shifts fine while the car is warming up and becomes increasingly difficult as time goes on.

    One other odd tidbit. I shut the car off with the gear selector in First and the clutch pressed in, it could not be pulled out with reasonable force. I let the clutch out and then put it back in immediately, and the gear selector came out of First with practically no effort. I have no idea if that means anything.

    Thanks for the suggestions, David. It's final exams week so I probably can't get underneath it again until next week. I am going to order the seal and o rings and when I swap it out I will check the other items, thanks.

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    The Quickjack worked out well, by the way. I ordered the 12VDC model so it goes up nice and fast. I'm a big guy and, when on the creeper, there is about 6 inches between my chest and the lowest part of the frame. Very nice.


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    Try shifting into first before reverse and you shouldn't get a grind.

    Thanks for the info, good to know that what I'm dealing with is not normal - I will have to dig into my transmission and fix some things I guess, I am getting tired of driving around like this. I guess it is time to create a thread of my own.

    That quickjack looks awesome! Perhaps my next investment.
    -----Dan B.

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    I'll give it a shot, thanks. Once it warms up I pretty much ignore First entirely.

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    This transmission/clutch is all over the place. Yesterday it was slipping; accelerate past 3k in any gear and the motor would spin up without applying more power to the wheels. I'm throwing in the towel and taking it up to DPI and having them work it; I'm not wasting my whole summer diagnosing the car and throwing money at it when I can just take it to a professional.

    I did have to drive it to work today and I had no problem getting into any gears for the first time in a long time, but it's all traffic congestion so I never got over 40mph if that.

    Once the parts come in for the projects I planned to do and will now just have Josh do, I'll take it up there. It's only about 100 miles up to DPI, I'll just have AAA tow it.

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