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Will being low on clutch fluid cause my gears not to shift?

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2016-03-20 12:17:25
2016-03-20 12:17:25

If the clutch fluid reservoir is just low, no. If the clutch fluid reservoir is empty, yes.

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The clutch will not engage ,you will not be able to shift./// the clutch will not (disengage ) making it almost impossible to shift gears


Clutch slave cylinder is leaking fluid or the connector rod or cable from the clutch pedal is disconnected or broken. Depends on the make and model of the vehicle to know the exact setup of your clutch.



your clutch may not be fully engaging


I would suspect a weak clutch slave cylinder or clutch master cylinder which may be preventing the clutch from disengaging fully; The slave cylinder is connected hydraulically to the clutch master cylinder. The clutch master is where you add fluid.


Not 100% sure on an excel, but where is it leaking? If your car has no clutch fluid then you will not be able to change gears, I would check the seals on the master/slave cylinder, as that is one of the more common places clutches leak.


BAD clutch slave cylinder, wore out clutch and pressure plate.


The function of the clutch is to separate the drive train so that the gears can be changed without being damaged.


When you are shifting gears, your RPMs will go down because your clutch is being pressed. If your RPMs don't go back up when you release your clutch, you should see a mechanic.


A faulty slave cylinder will not cause your clutch to slip. The slave cylinder is made up of a housing and a rod. The rod pushes the throwout lever against the throwout bearing, that push the teeth on the clutch housing causing the clutch to disengage and you are allowed to shift the gears. When a slave cylinder fails it makes it difficult for you to shift gears. When it completely fails you will not be able to change gears at all for the most part. I sincerely hope this helps you. www.subarushirt.com The only exception would be if the slave cylinder managed to leak fluid onto the clutch disc.


The most common cause for a transmission not to shift into certain gears is low transmission fluid. Another cause is a broken shifting fork in the transmission.


Check (or have someone check) the clutch fluid reservoir. The fluid may be low.


It can be the clutch, it doesn't work properly. And check the transmission fluid level. Sad news is that if it's the clutch you will have to replace it as soon as possible.



The most likely cause is provably clutch related. It sounds like your clutch is not completely disengaging. Check the fluid level, then check the slave cylinder


The most common cause for a transmission not to change gears, is low transmission fluid. Check the transmission fluid and fill to the full line.


did the clutch cable come off? (if its a manual) that or there is a problem with the transmission.


Could be a bunch of stuff, but some of the earlier Fieros had an issue with the shaft connected to clutch pedal bending which would cause the clutch to not fully disengage. When your car's not running you can shift gears all day without pushing in the clutch. Try that when your fiero's running and all you'll do is chew gears.



your transmission is most likely bad if it an automatic but if it a manual then your clutch could be bad


I would first check the master cylinder, and slave cylinder. Not knowing anything about the auto, most use hydraulics to release and engage the clutch. A clutch disc will tend to slip when in higher gears when it starts showing signings of wear. Most car companies use dot 3 brake fluid in their clutch systems.


Check your clutch fluid level. If it is at full mark then it may be anything from a sensor to a burnt or just worn out clutch.


There is one cause for this. If the throttle body is moved or adjusted in any way this will cause the judder when engaging gears.


broken clutch cable could also be a shot slave cylinder...this will cause the clutch pedal to not come back up.


If you notice slipping when starting off or changing gears after the clutch is completely released, if the pedal rises almost to the top before the clutch engages, if you have difficulty changing gears, or if when you press the clutch the clutch does not disengage completely.



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