'87 4kq: brief shifting problem

Joshua Van Tol josh at spiny.com
Sun Dec 8 10:41:56 EST 2002

It could be that the clutch was not disengaging all the way. That can
cause hard shifting, and, if the syncros aren't good, grinding. It'll
also make it impossible to get the car into reverse while it's running.
Next time it happens, try shutting the car off, and see if it goes
away. If so, your clutch isn't disengaging all the way.
On Saturday, December 7, 2002, at 06:45  PM, Andrew Buc wrote:

> Yesterday my 4kq became hard to shift. I never felt that it wouldn't
> shift at
> all (at least in the forward gears), but I was having to manhandle the
> gearshift; normally a light touch does it. And then I couldn't get it
> into
> reverse at all. Fortunately, I was able to get out of the parking
> space I was in
> w/o using reverse.
> I drove home and then to a friend's house (3 or 4 miles total), being
> careful
> to choose parking spaces I wouldn't have to back out of. The gearshift
> continued
> to be quite stiff. When it came time to leave my friend's place,
> everything was
> back to normal and still is, 20 miles later. The car shifts easily and
> goes into
> reverse w/no problem, but I hestitate to assume that it'll stay that
> way. What
> might be going on here? What should I check for starters? Thanks!

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