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Clutch? Doesn't work! What the heck happened??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by andrew1957, May 15, 2009.

  1. May 15, 2009 at 6:03 PM
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    andrew1957

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    I started the truck, it wouldn't go into 1st gear or reverse. The clutch pedal feels very light when pushing it to the floor.

    The clutch fluid resevoir looks full.

    I turned the truck off, put it in gear, and started it in reverse. I backed up about 50 feet.
    I got it out of reverse gear, and into neutral, by pushing the gearshift lever.

    I repeated the above except I put it in first gear. I couldn't get it out of gear, so I turned off the key to stop the truck.

    The truck was running and shifting great yesterday.
    I looked underneath but didn't see anything broken or leaking.
    Thanks for any info or advice... Andrew
     
  2. May 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    rngrchad

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    You may have to replace the synchro rings on 1:st and reverse gears.

    Or more likely yet would be a bad slave cylinder.

    Just my 2 guesses.
     
  3. May 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM
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    ccollison

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    before i bought a new slave cyl i would try bleeding it. does it shift through the gears with the truck off?
     
  4. May 15, 2009 at 8:46 PM
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    offroadTRD

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    my truck did similar stuff. My clutch wouldn't come back off of the floor one night. I had to pull it back up with my foot. When the clutch pedal did this, the transmission would engage and I would have to turn the truck off sometimes to get it to stop. I couldn't shift through the gears either until I pulled the clutch pedal back up. I went ahead and replaced the clutch, flywheel, and the slave cylinder. After this, the problem went away for about 10 days. Then it came back, worse than ever. I was really scared about even driving it, especially if I had the clutch engaged while in gear at a stoplight because it would start engaging the tranny after a couple of seconds. Finally I went ahead and replaced the master cylinder and it fixed the problem. The cylinder was letting fluid seep past the piston and engaging the tranny. Hope this helps.
     
  5. May 15, 2009 at 8:47 PM
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    rngrchad

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    Alright, 3 votes for the slave cylinder.
     
  6. May 16, 2009 at 5:42 AM
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    4 votes
     
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