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Old 10-05-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Clutch experts, Replace clutch master cyl???

Problem just started the other day.
Clutch pedal pressure and travel feels normal.
Sitting at light, hard to get into first unless I find another gear before going into first gear. Goes back into first easily if I keep foot on clutch but as soon as I take foot off clutch and push back in I can't get back into gear.
Does not happen when cold, just after it warms up.
Shifts perfectly normal when driving and down shifting.
Trans fluid is fresh and recent and level checks good along with clutch fluid.
No visible leaking from slave cyl. (internal)
There is a slow drip of clutch fluid on the drivers mat so I think I should go ahead and replace the master cyl.
I'm wondering if the system has drawn air into it and is causing this problem, although pedal feels normal.
What do you think?

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my own personal clutch expert (my hubby) says that it sounds like synchros on 1st gear are bad.

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my own personal clutch expert (my hubby) says that it sounds like synchros on 1st gear are bad.
I'm hoping it's not the synchros. It only has 80k miles on it and it just suddenly started the other day and is gradually getting worse each day. I'm struggling to get it in any other gear if I remove my foot from the clutch, not just first gear.
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If its leaking fluid it is more than likely getting air in the system. It can be replaced in less than an hour I would go ahead and replace it. That is kinda how mine was acting when it went out then after a few days I had to pump it up every time I stopped in order to get it back in gear. Next time it won't go into first try a few quick pumps of the pedal if it goes in after that you have your answer.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:27 AM   #5
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If its leaking fluid it is more than likely getting air in the system. It can be replaced in less than an hour I would go ahead and replace it. That is kinda how mine was acting when it went out then after a few days I had to pump it up every time I stopped in order to get it back in gear. Next time it won't go into first try a few quick pumps of the pedal if it goes in after that you have your answer.
Thanks, I will try pumping it later today. Great idea.
I'll also change the M/C asap since it's leaking and hope that's the cause. I've done some reading on it and it seems it's possibly pulling in air due to the leak.
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If it's dripping check all of the lines. If they are o'k then it sounds like the slave cylinder. If after you replace the slave it still is difficult shifting into gear then I have to agree with jgano23. Even though only 80,000 it might be a lot of city driving with a lot of shifting causing the synchros to wear. Start with the leak first.
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If it's dripping check all of the lines. If they are o'k then it sounds like the slave cylinder. If after you replace the slave it still is difficult shifting into gear then I have to agree with jgano23. Even though only 80,000 it might be a lot of city driving with a lot of shifting causing the synchros to wear. Start with the leak first.
I replaced the MC yesterday and fixed the under dash leak. It didn't correct the problem of sticking going into gears and I've since developed an overnight fist sized leak of some fluid that could be from the bell housing but not sure. It doesn't look like clean new fluid and doesn't smell like oil. The clutch pedal feels fine and the MC is full. I haven't removed the cap and pumped to see if the level drops yet.

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