[DML] Re: Trouble shifting into first gear
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[DML] Re: Trouble shifting into first gear

It is possible the rubber bushings in the ends of the shifter linkage
where the bolts go are worn out or missing. A shifter fork may be
loose on a shaft. You could have play in the C/V joints. The pinion
adjustment could be very loose. It is just too hard to say with any
certainty where to start. Lift the car and do a thourgh visual
inspection shaking things as you go looking for signs of looseness or
shiny spots or dirt that is out-of-place. Check the trailing arm bolts
and frame bolts. Don't just look for the obvious. On one car stuff was
sliding around in the trunk and it made an awful clunk when taking
tight turns. Actually it was stuff in the area in front of the trunk
where the jack kit went. A P.O. must have thought it was a good place
to stick extra stuff! On one car the power antennae moved. Noises are
notoriously hard to track down. Another thing I found once on a car
was a broken front,left motor mount. That could cause a clunk. Check
the level in the transmision. A low level can cause hard shifting and
maybe your clunk too.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Derek" <derek.grozio@...> wrote:
> My problem:
> Sometimes when I go to shift the car into first it makes a clunk
noise and I can feel the 
> feedback on the shifter like something is hitting it. It doesn't
make any kind of grinding 
> noise. I first thought this was the sign of a old plastic clutch
line. Went ahead and ordered a 
> new master slave and stainless line kit. Replaced the master (which
had begun to leak the 
> slightest bit in the car) and the stainless line. Held off on the s

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