Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I can't go into 4th or 5th gear and clutch does not engage after a recent clutch job, clutch release while in gear does nothing.

asked by on

I just recently finished a clutch job on my 2003 9-3 2.0t. I used a sachs clutch kit from europarts and a few gaskets ordered from rockauto. I did not remove the flywheel during the process, i just replaced the disc and pressure plate and slave. After getting everything back together, it took me a few days to get the bleeding done. And the pedal feels good. However, i do not need to press the pedal in order to shift into gears. I am only able to shift into 1, 2nd, 3rd, and reverse. 4th and 5th feel like the have walls against them. Regardless if the clutch pedal is pressed or not. It revs like normal, and sounds good, but just wont engage the clutch and move.

Current possible options? 1) clutch installed incorrectly (installed new cv axle, did nothing) xxx 2) cv axle is not pushed in all the way (xxx) 3) new clutch kit is completely wrong or trans is just bad 4) not enough gearbox oil and "brake fluid" low warning is on

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

I would rule out the axle not being pushed all the way in. That would effect all speeds and gears. That you can engage gears other than 4th and 5th leads me to 2 m possibilities: 1. Shift linkage mis-adjusted. 2. Possible bent shifter fork internally.

If it feels like you can engage 4th and 5th with the engine OFF, then I would lean towards a clutch release issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I can't go into 4th or 5th gear and clutch does not engage after a recent clutch job, clutch release while in gear does nothing.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When replacing the Longitudinal Torque Module with a new, OEM part do I need to have it programmed or re-calibrated after?

The new torque module are programmed and they have software already installed. This is like a computer that is ready for use that has software on it, but when it is turned on it prompts you to set up the...

Q: Transmission slamming into gear

When the transmission bangs into gear, it is usually due to either the engine or transmission mounts. When the mounts are worn out, they allow excessive movement that is noticed when switching between drive, park, neutral, and reverse at idle....

Q: I have a 2000 Saab 93. The brake lights are not working. I have checked all the bulbs and fuses all good and the switch on the brake pedal.

Remove the brake light bulbs and check for power to them with the brake pedal pressed. If there is power, then check the ground and see if there is a good connection. If the connection is poor, then the ground...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...