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2002 Sunfire 2002 PONTIAC SUNFIRE My transmission will not shift into any gears with the engine running and clutch fully depressed. It will shift into all gears without the engine running. I have to place the transmission in first gear, then start the engine before I can dive. Can speed sift thru all gears no problem There are no noises coming from transmission, all is quiet clutch slave cylinder IS FULL WHEN YOU START ENGINE IN GEAR WITH CLUTCH DEPRESSED, CAR WANTS TO MOVE AHEAD, AND IS HARD TO PULL SHIFTER OUT OF GEAR

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Check automatic adjuster on clutch pedal under dash .

Posted on May 08, 2009

  • tommy Nov 27, 2011

    did you get problem fixed? i have the same problem


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Sounds like, the clutch pressure plate, is not opening. There are a few ways this might happen. There might be wear, in the pedal free play, or the cluch disc is excessivly worn. A good mechanic, may check the cluch pedal free play. Usually, as the clutch disc wears, the free play is reduced. most of the times, when the pedal is re adjusted, the cluch cannot open as much as it should. Most of the time clutches are sold in sets. A pressure plate, a disc, and a throwout bearing. A person just has to make sure the input shaft can align up, with the clutch disc, as the pressure plate bolts are tightened up. It is always best, to use new cluch pressure plate bolts and lock washer's.

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