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Old 02-05-2006, 03:45 PM
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Hey everyone,

Here is the situation ('98 SL2 w/ 115,000 on the clock, 5spd). I have a heck of a time getting my car into first gear at a dead stop. I even have trouble getting it into any other gear, except reverse. I tried shifting with the car off, and its as smooth as butter. I can shift into first fine when im coming up on a stop sign and am about to stop. I've checked my clutch fluid, its where its supposed to be at. I lubed the shifter cables at the transmission end, and that didnt seem to effect anything. There are only two cables going to the tranny, right? Anyway, I bought this car about three months ago and its always kind of had the hard to get into first problem, but i dont think i noticed it before. I tried pumping the clutch and putting the car into first while holding the clutch and it did not creep forward or anything. I've checked my tranny fluid and its almost right at the full mark, maybe just a tiny bit under. I have not changed the tranny fluid due to the weather, but i cannot imagine that tranny fluid would cause the problem im having. I'm at a loss here, if you guys have any suggestions on what to check, try, and/or do, let me know if you can. Thanks.

Ben

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Old 02-05-2006, 04:51 PM
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Sounds just like synchronizers to me.
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This is classic case of insufficient clutch release.
Hydraulic mechanisms do suffer due to age, leaks, wear, etc.
If the clutch has been replaced with the flywheel machined you may be suffering from an apparatus that is too far from the throwout bearing to begin with. The stroke on the clutch slave is limited. If the disatnce that slave needs to travel is longer than its capacity, you will suffer the issue you describe.
An experienced trans shop should easily diagnose this problem
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yeah i havent replaced the clutch or anything, and i did a few minor checks to see if they hydraulics were ok. I thought it might be my pressure plate springs are getting weak.
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first gear

Yep ,if your at a dead stop and it's hard to get into gear the clutch is not releasing fully,,, Bad master or slave cylinder or the pressure palet has issues...I'll bet it started with reverse before it did it in first?????

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nope, im able to get into reverse without problems. I tried shifting from 1st to reverse several times today in a parking lot, had no trouble. This tranny is finicky i think. Yesterday it was about 25 degrees and today its about 30 *shrugs*. I'm thinking synchros (i guess you may be right M&M )
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