Q: Q: Transmission problem?

asked by on

Manual transmission. Shifter floats between 3rd and 4th only. Dies when clutch is released.

My car has 139846 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello, It sounds like you may have a transmission synchro wearing out. 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 slowing down the input shaft and clutch disk by acting like a brake. When these begin to wear out, you may notice the transmission popping out of gear at times. The issue of the engine dying when the clutch is released sounds like possibly a clutch safety switch problem. This is the equivalent of the neutral safety switch in a vehicle with an automatic transmission. The purpose of this is to keep the car from starting when in gear without the clutch engaged. I would suggest having one of our expert mechanics come to your location to take a look at the vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Transmission problem?

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 I turn the steering wheel the low oil light turns on.

It's very likely that your car is low on oil. When you turn a corner, tho oil in the oil pan moves away from the oil pickup tube. When the oil level is low, the oil pickup tube becomes completely...

Q: ABS & Brake Warning Lights combined with Uneven Brake Wear Side v Side

When you look at the brake pads on the right side, if both the inner and outer pads are worn then you have a caliper piston sticking or the brake hose holding pressure to the caliper. To check this...

Q: Car sputters and takes effort to start, overheats, and has a cylinder misfire

Hi Aubrie. Thanks for contacting us today. Although it would be fantastic if all of these issues were related, it's likely that they are all independent problems. Let's start with the overheating issue. Although a coolant leak is common, it...

Related articles

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...