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Question DetailsAsked on 9/12/2017

repair of manual transmission

my 5 speed trans will not go in gear ,and lock up the 4 x 4 . i can put the 4x4 in nutral and the trans will go in gear but will not move.

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OK - sounds like this to me:

1) if you can not shift the transmission unless the transfer case is in neutral, then sounds to me like the clutch is not fully disengaging when you push it in, so the transmission input shaft (from the transfer case) is still turning and under at least some power from the engine so will not go into gear - putting the transfer case in neutral stops this power flow from the engine to the transmission, so the transmission gears are not turning or under load and you can shift. If this is the case, when you try (with transfer case in gear) to shift the transmission, you will undoubtedly be "grinding a few pounds" - hearing gear clash because you are trying to shift the gears with the car not moving but the input shaft turning.

2) if that is the case, once you put it into gear (careful doing this so you don't run into something - be prepared to slam on brakes and shut engine off if it start moving and you cannot stop it by engaging clutch) with the transfer case in neutral, I would bet even if you push the clutch all the way in (so there should be no power transfer to the transfer case) that you will then not be able to shift the transfer case into gear or will be grinding a few pounds of gear if you can - and if you get it in gear likely cannot get it out of gear again, at least not easily.

3) if you can shift between gears when the engine is off or the transfer case is in neutral but not otherwise, sounds like a clutch problem to me, not transmission - though it is possible if a newer model that a shift sensor is off and stopping the shifting, especially if you have electric shift (not mechanical connection between shift lever and the ransmission). A few electro-mechanical transmissions also have an engine speed sensor and will not allow a shift into gear above a certain engine RPM when the car is not moving - they can go bad.

4) Check clutch action - if clutch pedal is not returning to high stop position, could be you have broken a clutch return spring (so pressure plate is not disengaging when you push the pedal down), which can cause clutch drag. If when you push down on the clutch pedal you do not feel the normal resistance could be a linkage broke or came apart - or you have sheared off the clutch pressure plate fingers (real rare - usually only from major abuse when under heavy pull on a hill).

Auto - Transmission is the Search the List category to find a well-rated and reviewed repair shop for this - sounds like will require a towing job, so if you do not have fre towing from insurance or AAA or such, ask the shop if they will pay for the towing if repair exceeds a certain $ amount (commonly over about $500 - sometimes less if they have their own tow truck.)

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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