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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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Car is having transmission issues (I think)
If after switching gears, the engine RPM's are rising but the vehicle is not accelerating, but after a moment you do feel acceleration albeit at a point where the RPM's are lower, that sounds like the clutch is slipping during...
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sometimes have trouble starting the car and backfire and when I'm driving
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's backfiring and surge should be properly diagnosed. It could be, the distributor itself is at fault. The distributor shaft and/or distributor bushings may be worn. Replacing the distributor cap and...
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Car stopped going into gear last night, any gear, and reverse had stopped working about a day or two prior. Please help!
The first thing you want to do is check the Hydraulic Fluid Level. The Audis usually use the Brake master cylinder reservoir for the clutch fluid as well. A short hose off to the side supplies the clutch master. If...
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Transmission not shifting into reverse.
Hi there. If all of the other gears work and only the reverse gear does not work, then there could be a bent shift fork or the reverse input gear has chewed up the teeth. It is very common for...
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What manual transmissions will fit in my car?
Hello. Unfortunately there are really no other transmissions available that will fit into your vehicle and still have everything else work properly. If you tried putting one of the transmissions prior to this one then the axles are not going...
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Transmission "popping" out of gear
This may suggest failing transmission synchros. As you may know, when a clutch drags, it is not letting go of the disk fully which overloads the synchros and burns up the friction surfaces quickly. Synchros work by speeding up or...
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Is the lower ball joint on the driver's side fixed as one part with suspension arm or detachable?
Hello. The ball joint is available separately, and as part of the control arm assembly as you note. Although it can be purchased separately, removing it and replacing it into the control arm requires heavy duty presses and tooling (great...
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2000 Ford F-250 6-speed manual won't go into gear while running
A transmission that will not go into gear can be caused by a few things. I would first try to determine if the clutch pedal mechanism is functioning correctly, and is actually engaging and disengaging the clutch when pressed. I...
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Difficult to get the vehicle in gear after it has been turned off for sometime. 2013 Ford Focus
Hello - it sounds like the clutch hydraulics in your Focus (manual transmission) have a leak, or have become weak. Check the clutch fluid reservoir to be sure it has adequate fluid. If there is clear fluid left on your...
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Difficult to fuel car.
This is likely due to a failing purge valve solenoid in your evaporative emissions system. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the fuel vapors...
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Car shudders when accelerating in first gear
A shuddering during take off can be caused by a few things. A few common causes are issues with the clutch system, or with the engine management system. If the clutch disc wears out or gets contaminated by any sort...
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Manual transmission clutch grinds and won't go into gear
It sounds like what is happening here is that the throw out bearing has failed. This bearing is what the clutch shift fork rides against, which in turn allows the transmission to shift gears. The other possible scenario is that...
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Transmission does not shift into reverse or fourth gear
Having two different gears that are not operating properly indicates a problem within the transmission. Possibilities include a pump, valve body or worn clutch pack or packs, which are responsible for reverse and 4th gear application. The transmission would have...
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the car is stuck in first gear and wont shift
A certified mechanic from YourMechanic could perform a mobile no shift diagnostic right at your location in order to identify the cause. If, as you mention, the shift linkage feels loose there is a possibility of an easy to address...
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Car revs when turning the key
Hello - yes, you probably need a new throttle position sensor. The symptoms you describe are classic throttle position sensor failure symptoms. I would recommend having a Throttle Position Sensor Replacement Service completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as...
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My vehicle is mixing water and oil
Because you have a manual transmission, the mix of oil and coolant can be caused by a leaking intake manifold gasket, a blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder head. The intake manifold would need to be removed and inspected...
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I'm looking for info on changing my car to manual from automatic
There are quite a few changes that need to happen in order to make the setup work. If the year, make, and model of your car has a manual version from the factory, this makes things a little bit easier...
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2003 Nissan Frontier manual - engaging reverse stalls engine
Hello - this problem sounds as though your shift linkage is engaging BOTH reverse and a forward gear at the same time - effectively locking up the transmission. This would explain why the engine stalls when this occurs, but works...
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Hyundai - hard to put in gear and odd noise
Hello - I suspect the pilot bearing in your clutch assembly is seizing up. When you press the clutch pedal, this seized bearing tries to keep turning the input shaft to the transmission, even though the clutch has released that...
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Clutch problem 1991 Acura Integra
Hi there - if in fact your transmission is still locked in gear, this would be the correct behavior. If the shifter linkage has failed with the transmission still in gear; or the clutch is dragging or the pilot bearing...

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