What are the Most Common Problems with Manual Transmission Vehicles?

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Mike Turek

Subject: clutch pedal got soft not function

Hi I have Santa Fe manual shift around 72500 KM on it.. so I was on second gear and suddenly my pedal got soft... right on the floor...not function at all... However I got to neutral stop the car look around an my fluid was liking from my engine or transmission... any idea what happen
and why it happen!! Thanks.

Mike Turek

Subject: clutch pedal got soft not function

Hi I have Santa Fe manual shift around 72500 KM on it.. so I was on second gear and suddenly my pedal got soft... right on the floor...not function at all... However I got to neutral stop the car look around an my fluid was liking from my engine or transmission... any idea what happen
and why it happen!! Thanks.


Subject: Transmission

So I have a 1994 Honda Civic Ex. When I am drive it and i put it in second gear it either doesnt get in to gear or it will catch in gear but it would slip out of gear! Can anyone possible tell me what I need to do to the transmission


Subject: Lost 5th gear

Have 2011 Hyndae Elantra touring, lost 5th gear no noise no warning. Shifted into 5th and car reved like it was in neutral


Subject: Lost 5th gear

Have 2011 Hyndae Elantra touring, lost 5th gear no noise no warning. Shifted into 5th and car reved like it was in neutral


Subject: I have a 91gmc sunoma 2.8

I have a 91gmc sunoma 2.8 with a 5speed and it likes to pop out of first gear but all the utters Are fine and the cluch is fine no slipping


Subject: Linkage

The shift linkage is most likely worn out the good thing is its a cheap fix

Michael Thomas

Subject: pickup speed

I have a Ford F-150 2002 4X4 that I keep my Jayco camper on. A week ago the truck lost its pickup speed in forward gears, It take twice as much time now to get up to speed, and makes it difficult to enter busy traffic at higher speed. It won't climb hills well at all. I barely got up the hill of my driveway to get it parked. What do you think is the cause of lost power. Thanks for your help.


Subject: shifter

Im looking at buying a manual truck and the guy replaced the shifter but after he did that it would only go into fourth gear ..what could it be

Keith betts

Subject: 2000 eclipse

I have a 2000 Eclipse 5 speed taking off in first gear feels like third it pops out of second goes in 3rd gear good pops out of 4th and goes and 5th everyone's telling me it may be my transmission any advice please and thank you


Subject: Shifts

I have a BMW stick shift and it drives fine for a day or half then it leaks some sort of clear liquid and it won't let me shit I to gears


Subject: I know your problem

That clear liquid is brake fluid (which is what is used to disengage your by pushing your slave cylinder into your push fork) so what is happening is all your brake fluid is leaking out and is not allowing your master and slave cylinders to disengage your clutch. My advise would be to find the leak and fix it than put some more brake fluid in your car and you should be good to go :)


Subject: 96 dodge truck

My son has a 96 dodge ram pick up, his transmission which is 5 speed manuel transmission . it started making a noise and then lost all the gears except 4th. It feels as it goes into gear but wont pull .

Tommy Thompson

Subject: Shifting issues

I recently bought a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 with a manual transmission. When I test drove it I had no issues shifting. When I first get in and drive it for the day there are no issues, but the longer I drive it the harder it is to shift into gear. I dont think that is the clutch because it shifts fine until I drive it longer. It is a hydraulic master/slave cylinder so I can't bleed it.


Subject: bleeding

You can bleed it just like brake lines wear long rubber gloves so thaf you dont get hydraulic fluid on your skin because it can chemically burn you......make sure revs are high enough to shift and change the transmission fluid, if you do all of that ypu are almost certain to fix the problem.


Subject: 2000 eclipse

I have a 2000 eclipse and the clutch was going out so I changed it. before I changed it I couldn't get first gear to go in at all but not that it's all put back together 1st gear works but 4th won't go into gear could anyone possibly tell me whats wrong and how to fix it


Subject: stick seems to be "floating"

While attempting to go into gear stick shift just seemed to "float" not connected to anything..gears nothing. Could it be a simple break or a disengagement of the device all together. Oh its a 2000 Saturn SC1


Subject: Clutch and/or tranny

Hey I just recently bought a 99 Saturn SL2 and it needed a shift cable so we put that in but when you push down on the clutch pedal and put the car into gear it won't move at all it's almost as the car it self isn't engaging at all and it won't move so what do you guys think it is.


Subject: A manual clutch is much like

A manual clutch is much like a disk break that operates reverse with respect to the peddle. When you let go of the clutch it has small but powerful springs (usually 4 or 6 of them) that push a steel pressure plate together with the clutch plate. The clutch plate is much like a break pad, and just like a break pad wears down, so does the clutch plate. When the break pads are gone, you don't stop. When the clutch plate is gone, you don't go. See, I said they operated reverse. The big difference is the clutch is 100 times harder to get to. I hope this helps.


Subject: my Honda accord

I have a 90 Honda accord.... my ex husband recently came tho many mothers now my stick shift will not go in any gear... my friends say I need a new clutch but the clutch has been working fine and it still feels the same... if this was an automatic I'd know the linkage was gone but this is my first Manual and I'm not sure what it could be...any advice?


Subject: Mitsubishi triton 2006

Driving home from camping I heard a noise and could smell something I instantly thought it was a flat tyre, I pulled over to check and the tyres were fine so I started the car up again and when I released the clutch in 1st the car did not move as the gears or clutch were not grabbing, I tried all the gears only 4th will work.. The car starts fine no engine light or anything on I have no leaks on my drive way if you have any ideas please help me out


Subject: burning smell and whining noise when im turning

hi I have 02 Camaro SS speed and I notice coming home today that there was a bad burning smell and when I was going over speed bumps I have to go at an angle because car is so low. anyway so when I was turning and pressing the accelerator it started making a really loud whining noise. I then hurried home and parked it. what could be the problem?


Subject: Shifting into gear with car off?

Hi, new to driving manual here but I went to look at a car today and when the car is off, I can move the shifter between gears without pushing the clutch. It's a 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage. Is this normal? The car drives fine.


Subject: downshift to 4th problems

Recently had clutch replaced. Dodge caliber running fine going normal all gears. Only when downshifting from 5th to 4th i cant get it to get into the proper gear.

Gregory tiller

Subject: clutch or trans?

Im looking at buying a 1990 toyota sr2. The guy said tht it was hard to shift in gear but it would still shift.then after a few months it stopped shifting altogether.wht could be the problem?is it even worth buying?


Subject: Shifting gears

Recently, I noticed my car seems to move slower in first and second. Once I'm in third fourth or fifth, she rocks.
Should I be concerned


Subject: gearbox problem

facing the same plem now with my 4speed fj62 landcruiser.
did you fix the problem?
please help

Carlos Hernandez

Subject: gear gets stuck

Hi I have a 96 mustang gt when I drive it only 4th and 5th gear grind when I shift into them unless I let the rpms lower it will go in smothly, and now the other day 4th gear got stuck when I shifted it wouldnt release the shifter,had to drive car.home like tht and when I was driving home all of a sudden it released it any help plz


Subject: stick

When im driving after i switch into secound gear theres a couple jerks then smoths out this happens after foot is already off of clutch and driving in second for a couple seconds 96 Toyota Corolla


Subject: Your car

All manuals behave a little differently. My friends Saturn does the same, it wants different shift patterns. Try shifting from a higher rpm, or a faster speed. If it still doesn't behave like it should have it checked out, it might possibly be the clutch is a little bit burnt and slips, grabs, slips, grabs, that sort of thing.

criag thomson

Subject: last sentence is wrong

When at a red light you should have the clutch fully depressed. It's when you are underway that you should make sure your foot is completely off the pedal. I'm sure that is what Davis meant.

Mitch N.

Subject: Keeping Your Foot OFF the Clutch at Red Lights

No, no, no. That last statement was quite correct. You shouldn't have the clutch pedal depressed at all while waiting at a red light, or any time that the car is stopped; doing so would cause unnecessary wear of the throw-out bearing.
The proper way to do this would be to disengage the transmission before coming to a stop. This will have the added benefit of ensuring that the gear teeth have a good layer of oil on them when it's time to get moving again. Leaving the clutch pedal depressed while stationary stops the gears from rotating and the oil will drip down off the gear teeth. Even though the extra wear would be miniscule, it'll add up over the life of the transmission.


Subject: huge help needed.

It all happened so fast I'm really worried about the cause and cost.my car is a 2003 mitsubishi spyder. I take very good care of it and usually just drive it to work and back. I'm 31 now and have always owner a standard car. I got to work like any other day and everything was fine. After my shift when I got into the care I noticed the clutch had about an 1 inch give ( meaning it had no resistance, I could move it with 1 finger.)... I was thinking of going to a shop the neXT day not knowing the urgency. The next day I took it to work and the give was greater. By the time my next shift ended. 24 hrs the clutch had like 3 inches give. It wouldn't have any pressure until it was very close to the bottom.what could it possibly be?I know it's not leaking because there are no stains on my drive way. I hardly made it home. Now I'm afraid to take it to a shop because I feel like any minute it won't grab. What could possibly act so quickly. The car is running completely fine. Idle is fine. It's not maKing any noises. Anyways any feed back would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Subject: small annoying noise on 1,2,3 gear

Hi I need your insight regarding an 06 Honda Civic. It shifts well however when the 1st gear is engaged, a noise is audible like a fast paced (tactactac); may be metal to metal contact. when shifting to 2nd, it is less audible and less again in 3rd gear. On the 4th and 5th, no noise. I am sure it is related to the transmission because when I put the lever on neutral, the noise described previously disappears and will start over if engaged in 1,2 or 3rd gear.
I am sure something is on its way out but have no idea what.

Thanks for assisting

vijay kumar

Subject: manual transmission

sir,i have 1996 toyota tacoma 5 speed transmission truck.the problem is my 1,3,5,gears are not go in when i push the clutch in but my 2,4,and reverse gear are working good so i dont understand what could be the fault ,clutch or transmission so please figourout and let me know . thank you


Subject: 1,3,5,gears

sounds like your shifter adjustment is too far back. likely transmission is ok, just adjust the shifter/linkage forward.


Subject: my trans was hesitant to go

my trans was hesitant to go into those gears. changed mtf (fluid) and it works better now. could be many other th8ngs but thats where u start.

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