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Old 09-19-2009, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys, my 94 geo tracker is getting hard to shift (it is a five speed). Its usually not hard when i begin to drive it but then after driving it for a bit, im guessing once it has warmed up, I have to shove it in gear for reverse and it grinds a little most of the time. Then I have to use some force to get it in first gear, I was planning on changing the tranny fluid, cause I just bought it and have no idea if it has ever been changed, the clutch grabs good but it seems like the clutch cable needs adjusted but not too the extent of it shifting like that. Thanks
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new tranny GL4 fluid, must say, for syncomesh transmissions on the bottle,
MT1 is no good .

ok, get rid of that old dead , binding clutch cable. $45 for oEM newone.
then set the free play to spec.

if that cures it good !
if not
look under car at bell housing and make sure the lever (end) moves 1 inch when you
put pedal to the floor.
yes. good,
no , you linkage is bad.
yes, good 1 inch?. clutch is bad.

final proof proof after above is done is,
use zero clutch play.
now if clutch gets better its bad the clutch. (but can drive easy for short time)
no change in shifting, then clutch is bad.

My clutch is sick what is wrong


bad cables wreck the splines on the pedal shaft.
now problem cascades to more expensive.
imho, cables are 100k mile parts. max.
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Also while checking the cable, take a look at the firewall where cable goes through and make sure its not cracked out. I see yours is newer but ya never know.... 92 GEO tracker lsi 1.6L8V 5spd 4wd
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yes, as my clutch page says,
you need to examine ever inch of the cable.

broken mounts, either end.
broken splines or stripped on either end.
rust signs at either end.
plastic outer sheath end to end not cracked allowing road salts to enter.
and if over 100k miles , its bad in side where you can see.

then do the 1 inch rule after setting the free play to spec.
if the cable dont dont hold tension ,then 1 or the other spline is bad or the cable inside is about to snap , and is frying in side where you cant see.

make sure both the pedal assemble is perfect and the lever on the side of bell and the mount on the frame for end of cable is perfect and not road hazard damaged or?

top reason pedal spline fail. , not replacing high mileage cables.

about 20 post a year here on that.
hope that helps.
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and bad cables crank the fire wall mount too.

a shame really.

if you push the pedal with 100 lbs of force (easy) you get 600 on the linkage.

dont do that, or replace the cable, when it shows the least sign of friction.

my clutch is like a stick in butter. perfect. (first part swapped,out day one.)
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