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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Slave Cylinder
If your manual car has abnormal pedal feel, low or contaminated brake fluid, or any visible leaks, you may need to replace the clutch slave cylinder.
How to Decide Between Manual and Automatic Transmissions
There are a lot of decisions that have to be made when buying a new car. Everything from choosing a make, model, and trim level to deciding if upgrading the stereo...
How Long Does a Transmission Speed Sensor Last?
The transmission speed sensor measures the RPMs of the shaft of the transmission. While the engine is running, but not moving, then the input shaft of the transmission is not moving...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Gear Shifter
The gear shifter allows the vehicle to be put into different gears on a manual transmission. In an automatic transmission, the gear shifter is known as a gear selector. The gear shifter is...
How to Do a Burnout in a Manual Vehicle
Almost everyone who has seen an action movie or watched a high-speed car chase, has seen someone perform a burnout before taking off. A burnout occurs when the power...
How Long Does a Clutch Cable Last?
The clutch cable is an essential part of your vehicle’s clutch system. The clutch is a device that engages and disengages the power transmission, and allows you to shift gears while you...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Cable
If your manual car's transmission is slipping out of gear or clutch pedal is hard or sinking to the floor, you may have to replace the clutch cable.
How to Troubleshoot a Slipping Clutch
There are numerous advantages to operating a vehicle with a manual transmission; many drivers claim it gives them more control over the vehicle. Mastering the clutch takes time and practice,...
How to Drive Your Manual Transmission Car With a Broken Clutch
If you drive a car with a manual transmission, there will likely come a point in time when the clutch wears out or your clutch pedal breaks. Typically,...
How to Get Started on a Hill When Driving a Manual Transmission Car
A manual transmission gives you better control of the speed and power of your vehicle while driving compared with an automatic transmission. For the most part, driving a car...
How to Drive Manual
The transmission allows a vehicle to switch smoothly between gears. In an automatic transmission, the vehicle computer switches gears for you. In a vehicle with a...
How to Start a Car by Pushing
When all else fails, push starting a car with a manual transmission can be an option to get the engine to start.
How to Double-Clutch Downshift a Manual Transmission Car
Learning how to double-clutch downshift on your cars manual transmission can optimize your acceleration, deceleration, and help maintain components.
How to Drive a Manual Transmission Car Without Using the Clutch
Manual transmissions have a clutch that allows you to change gears when needed. There may come a time when your clutch fails while you're on the road.
How to Replace a Clutch Master Cylinder
The clutch master cylinder supplies fluid and pressure for the clutch system to operate. Common signs of failure include leaks or loss of pressure.
How to Shift From First to Second Gear in a Manual Transmission Car
Shifting from first to second gear in a manual transmission requires accuracy and practice, as well as a feel for the car.
How to Use Autostick
Autostick gives drivers with automatic transmissions the feel of a manual car. It allows the driver to upshift and downshift for extra control.
How Long Does a Clutch Last?
It’s a fact of life that a car clutch will almost certainly wear out before your car does. That’s because, even under normal use, they’re going to take quite a lot of wear...
How to Buy a Good Quality Gearshift
The gear shift, also known as the gear lever or stick, makes it possible to shift gears when driving a manual transmission vehicle. It is attached right to the shift assembly. It has...
How to Buy a Good Quality Transmission
When it comes to costly parts, the transmission is right up there among the most expensive. Because of that many people opt to purchase a used transmission, which is not usually the ideal...

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My car won't shift into 3rd, 4th, and reverse.
Hi there. The gears 3rd and 4th are both on the main shaft inside the transmission. Those gears have a synchronizer that connects the gears together. The reverse gear does not have a synchronizer to make the gear work. It...
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Hesitating to go up steep grades but the transmission we got was built back in 2014.
Hi there. It is normal for a vehicle to loose power as it goes up a steep grade. It depends on how steep the grade is. If your vehicle is climbing up a 6% grade at 70 mph, then the...
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Transmission shifter won't shift into any gear.
Hi there. Go under the vehicle and check the slave cylinder to your clutch system. The cylinder may be leaking causing the pedal to be spongy and not able to become firm due to excessive air in the system. Check...
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How hard is it to switch an nv 4500 transmission from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive in a Chevrolet.
Hi there. There are a couple of ways to convert your transmission from 2WD to 4WD. You could install a transfer case and have a short drive shaft go to it from the transmission. Another was is you will need...
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The car starts but won't shift and when I take my foot off the cluch its shuts off
If the clutch is disengaged (from the flywheel) and yet you cannot shift the transmission into select gears, there are really only two possibilities: there is a problem with the mechanical shift linkage or the synchronizer gear mesh assembly is...
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Manual transmission won't go into any gears.
Hi there. It is possible that the transmission may have gotten into the wrong gear at the wrong time and could have damaged that counter shaft or the main shaft in the transmission. First drain the oil from the transmission...
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Dry grinding/starting noise when in gear
Hi there. Sounds as if the transmission is low on fluid or the transmission is worn and has roller bearings that are damaged. Check the transmission oil level and see if the fluid is low. The fluid should slightly run...
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Does the transmission have to come out to put it in?
Hi there. The transmission needs to be removed if you are removing an engine (front wheel drive), removing a torque converter (automatic) or removing a clutch (manual). Anything else like removing an engine in a rear wheel drive, shifter, or...
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Transmission is slipping
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of issues with the transmission or clutch. If it is a manual transmission and appears to be having trouble staying in gear, or transferring...
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Good evening , I want to see if it's possible to swap the engine to a small block Chevrolet. What are the main issues?
Hi there. You can swap the engine in your vehicle, but you will need to swap the electrical system for the engine to run properly. If you plan on using a newer model with the computer system for OBD2, then...
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I'm removing the motor but the input shaft is still in the motor instead of staying in the transmission what do I do?
Hi there. The input shaft is stuck in the pilot bearing on the engine or the back of the crankshaft. If the input shaft came completely off, then you will have to use a slide hammer to remove the input...
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Transmission replacement
Hi there. You can use a manual transmission from the year 2000 to the year 2004. The transmission type that your vehicle has is a NV3550. If you need further assistance with replacing your transmission, then seek out a professional,...
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Do I need to remove the transmission to get to slave cylinder on Saturn Ion 2005?
Hi there. The slave cylinder is a part that is attached on the side of the transmission to operate the clutch fork. For your vehicle, the slave cylinder is inside the bell housing area. You can bleed the slave cylinder...
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I've just had a new clutch pedal fitted and now my gears 1st and 2nd want go into gear when the engine is cold.
Hi there. Try using 75/90 Synthetic transmission oil in the transmission. This may help the transmission for the shifting issue. This is a normal condition during a break in period, however, with 100,000 miles on the transmission the synchronizers could...
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Popping out of gear - could it be anything easier than a syncro ?
Hi there - it is possible that your "popping out of gear" problem is worn shifter linkage, bad transmission or shifter mount, or worn shift detents in the shift selector shafts. These are (relatively) easily checked without dropping the transmission....
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Car won't stay in second gear. It makes a gurgling noise and goes back into neutral.
Hi there. What seems to have happened is the shifter rail fork or the synchronizer in the transmission is damaged. If the shifter rail fork or the synchronizer is damaged, then a gear will not be achieved. To determine if...
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Traction control off & it make a little jump
The traction control (TC) service light signifies that diagnostic trouble codes have been set. Those trouble codes should be downloaded and evaluated in a TC diagnostic. Although the TC trouble codes would be immediately downloaded in a diagnostic, the mechanic's...
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excessive fuel consumption?
EPA ratings for this vehicle are stated in units of miles and gallons. The city driving rating for the vehicle is 22 MPG (miles per gallon). The highway driving rating is 32 MPG. Your experience is reported as 15 MPG...
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My car has lost 5th gear
The problem started with the synchronized gear worn and grinded the gears until the gears worn down and now you have no gears for fifth. You should have the transmission repaired or replaced.
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Kicks out of reverse but all forward gears work fine.
Hi there. This sounds like the bearing on the reverse gear in your transmission has failed and is making the gear wobble around. This causes the shifter to move around and then the gear will make the shifter pop back...

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