So my gears grind during downshifting. It started with 4th. Now 3rd is acting up too. I'm sure it's synchronizers. Is there anything I can do without rebuilding the transmission? Will changing the fluid help? I've heard of synchromesh. Would that be good to try also?
So I'm guessing replacing the clutch will take care of the whole problem? I've never tackled this before but I'm up for the challenge plus I can't afford to pay a shop thousands of dollars when I'm capable. I'm just trying to figure out how it all ties in to make sure I go in with as much knowledge as possible, so I appreciate all your help.
The clutch works opposite as you might think. You have the flywheel that spins while the engine runs but that's it. The pressure plate bolts to the flywheel and releases and applies the clutch ( with you pushing or releasing the pedal). And the clutch plate that's between the flywheel and pressure plate. The clutch plate has splines on it that the trans input shaft aligns with. When you start it up all components turn constantly until you push in the pedal. This pushes on the pressure plate fingers but then removes the pressure that pushes the clutch plate and contacts it to the flywheel allowing you to shift. I hope this is easy to understand I tried looking for stuff on the net and haven't found it yet. If I do I'll post it.
Now that it's pretty much narrowed down to the clutch, if you get a clutch "kit" it will have the components that you need as Mudd said. You might want to consider a new flywheel or, bring the original to a shop and see if it can be re-surfaced this way all of the components will be set. Good luck.