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Old 11-21-2005, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

I posted a while back that the shifting on my car is rough and balky. It's difficult to get into gear smoothly. I really have to push it into gear. I recently installed new shifter cables and a short shifter. I thought the cables would fix it but I guess not. They still needed to be replaced. I discovered the shifter grommet broke before I even bought the car. Someone repaired it with a short length of PVC pipe and a wire tie.

Could it be the clutch hydraulics? It normally doesn't grind going into gear but once in a while, it will. It'll sometimes shudder like the clutch is grabbing a little when I'm at a stop and I have the clutch pressed in and in gear. Would it also make the shifting difficult? I don't think the hydraulics were replaced when I had the clutch done or after I blew the diff pin.

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Old 11-22-2005, 07:17 AM   #2
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Default Re: Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

I had the same thing happen to me but I replaced the hydraulics because I thought that was it

As it turned out (because I used a rebuilt clutch when I replaced the clutch) a few fingers were bent on the pressure plate

New clutch fixed the problem for me.

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Old 11-22-2005, 08:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

I have a 97 SC1 with the same problem. I am glad to read the reply about the clutch replacement solving the problem. I seriously believe that the transmission synchronizers were the culprit. Not having to go inside the transaxle will be welcomed.

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Old 11-22-2005, 12:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

My 97 acts the very same way I will keep an eye on the clutch. I too was suspecting the hydraulics but I guess even after pumping them up it can still be a bear to shift. I did grease up both sides on the shift cable and it did help some however.

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Old 11-22-2005, 01:29 PM   #5
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Default Re: Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

Usually it's the hydraulics. If you're low on hydraulic fluid, you know for sure. If you're not, you can try this. With the car stopped and the engine running on a flat surface. Pump the clutch a few times, hold it and put it in gear. Release the brake and continue holding the clutch. If it's hydraulics, the clutch will gradually engage or if it started engaged, it will engage more. If it's the pressure plate, there should be no change as you hold the clutch in.

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Old 11-22-2005, 02:37 PM   #6
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Default Re: Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

sounds like a gearbox issue to me. low fluid or worn/broken parts will probably be your culprit...


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Old 11-22-2005, 08:15 PM   #7
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Default Re: Shifter still feels sticky, even after new shifter and cables!

My 96 SC2 has the SAME FREAKIN ISSUE! I have been trying to figure it out for a long time. This problem seems to only occur either when the car is cold (first thing in the AM) or when I am stuck in traffic and the car get real hot. I'll push the clutch pedal in (normal feel to the pedal; nothing strange there), the shifter will only go into 1st if I shove it hard (I feel like I am going to break something!) and then once I finally shove it into gear, sometimes it will shudder with the clutch all the way depressed and in gear and just sitting still. If I let the car roll a little, the shuddering stops. It also makes a racket in the tranny when this is happening, almost like the sound the car makes if you are learning to drive stick (that shuddering/shaking feeling). The only way I can fix it is to put it in reverse and then back in first again (usually fixes it for the time being). Any ideas? Should I replace the master/slave assembly? I really don't want to pay for a new clutch now Thanks for the advice

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