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Well this is a wierd thing because it is intermittent.
Yesterday i was driving around town when my clutch stopped disengaging. I double clutched and it disengaged. This only happens in 1 2 and R. Any ideas what it might be?

Already checked the brake fluid and clutch ajustments. They are fine.
 

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Have you checked the clutch master and slave cylinders for leaks?

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I would look at slave operation when someone is moving clutch pedal, sound like one of the cylinders is sticking. Possibly the main shift fork or an internal problem(unlikely). Disengaging pressure is given by the pressure plate, maybe spring "fingers" are weak?
 

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Yes and there are no leaks. So maybe go ahead and just do a clutch replacement. I have no idea how old the one in there is now. Didn't really get a good history on the car. I was going to change out the gear box fluid anyways.
 

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i was reading throu the book and it seems that there is alot of supporting on the engine required to dismount the cluctch. Do i really have to do this or can i pull it out by trany like an older RWD drive car.
 

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the engine itself is only supported in two places. The transmissions provides the third final support.

One way I check clutch life is to get it out on the road. With the transmission in 5th gear, put the clutch in, rev the engine up to 5000-6000 and "dump the clutch" If the rpms drop rapidly the clutch still has a lot of life left, but if it's slow... time to replace. I do the test at around 35-40mph.

Another thing, I'm sure the problem occurs in all gears, 3-4-5 are too tall and you don't really stay on the clutch for too long when you are traveling in those gears. Run your car in your driveway, put it in the first gear and hold the clutch pedal to the floor, if it starts moving in 20-30 seconds, one of the cylinders isn't holding pressure anymore. At the moment, mine builds perfect pressure on the first pump but if I hold it too long it starts to let go. So I usually sit at stop lights and signs in N
 

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Mine holds pressure while at lights its is only when driving does it not let go.
Say i am driving from one stop light to the next and only shift between 1 and 2 when i get it back into first it will stick. I can tell when it is going to stick because it has a hard time to place back into gear or won't go in at all.
 

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if you do a clutch replacement in your car there is only 1 motor mount holding the engine in so a jack or jack stand on the back of the engine is a must. the transmission has 3 mounts that hold it in, one in the back on that cross member, one that's in the front on that cross member, and one under the battery tray on the top.

to do a clutch you pull your half shafts out, and drain the fluid first, disconnect your shifter the stabilizer bar for the shifter too, remove that lower cross member with the 2 mounts still attached to it, then place the jack or jack stand under your oil pan and you aren't going to be putting a whole lot of pressure on the oil pan just holding the 200 to 250 lbs engine in place so the pan will support that weight ok just don't like JACK the engine up let it rest on the jack, then unbolt all the transmission bolts and take the starter out, then you just get under the car and have a buddy take that top mount lose and you slide your transmission out and down, but be super careful it's not heavy but awkward! these BP trans's weigh about 75 lbs, not SUPER heavy, I'm only 135 lbs and I did a trans from under the car. then you have access to your clutch and throw out bearing, replace it all and put it back up and in!

if you need more info lemme know I could do a DETAILED write up.
 

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So wait, it sounds like your car is having the opposite problem of mine. Yours just won't let go and you can't shit in/out of gear?
 

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I rec. and used in the past, an engine support bar/frame. It sits on the inner fender and is adjustable to hold engine in a desired position/level. It gives more room underneath to wrestle the trans. out, plus you won't stress the motor mount.
 

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So this is a do able thing from a drive way. I got a jack and some ramps to put the car up on. Just don't know if i can lift that stuff.
 
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