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Hard shifting/clutch adjustment

I have an 83' Nissan 720 4WD 2.4L 4-cyl. pickup.

I have a 5-speed and hard shifting. When I shift from pretty much any gear, it takes some force to put it in gear. I noticed my clutch has a bit more freeplay than what its supposed to have, says my repair manual. I have two questions for this...

1.) Can this be my problem to hard shifing?


2.) Does anyone have any easy tips to getting at the adjustment nut on my clutch pedal? It's in a pretty tight spot against the floor/wall.


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Old 03-08-2005, 03:41 PM
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The first thing I think of when a manual transmission becomes hard to shift, is synchronizers.

I will however agree that if you have too much clutch pedal play, you may have a problem getting into AND out of every gear.

Which will eventually take out the synchro's.

I would think the clutch adjustments would be more toward the bellhousing side of all the linkage that connects your pedal to the clutch fork. Hydraulic clutch systems are less complicated with their fewer parts, but there is still some amount of adjustment involved in both types of systems.
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