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Old 01-08-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Manual Transmission won't go into gear

One day shifted fine no issues, the next it won't go into any gear with the engine on. With the engine off, it will go into all gears just fine. My truck is a 1997 Mazda B2300 with the 2.3L engine. It has the manual 5 speed from factory and the whole truck is original. I checked to see if there was anything leaking and there is not. Just looking to be pointed in the general direction to fix this thing. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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It sounds more like a clutch problem than a tranny problem.Put it in gear with the motor off hold the clutch down and try to start it.Does it try to drive away with the clutch pedal all the way down if not does the clutch disengage like it used to.Check the clutch master cylinder[next to the brake master cylinder] to see if he has any fluid.If these confirm clutch problems start searching clutch repair options.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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Ok so I went out there and checked the fluid. It was full. With the truck off I put it in gear and started it. It feels like it catches just a teeny bit but not enough to really count as "grabbing". When I started it like that I could shift all the gears with it running and pressing and releasing the clutch. After a few minutes of letting it sit in neutral, I would try it again and it wouldn't go into any gear again. What I am thinking is that it actually is a clutch problem maybe the throwout bearing or something. If I replace the clutch, I will be replacing everything I can get my hands on in there. Any opinions otherwise or maybe some different troubleshooting tips?
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I got a 93 really cheap with that symptom.

Its transmission was virtually dry/empty and the excess heat (I presume) made the slave quit working after about a mile. I put a replacement trans with a new slave in it.

Yours might just be a bad slave (or less commonly, the Master) but you should make sure the trans ATF is full, by removing the fill plug on the driver side.
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My 93 doesn't like to shift sometimes either. I have to double pump a lot, I was told by my dad that it might be the clutch pack. Otherwise I don't know. Mine hates first gear, but after trying to shift into second then putting in first (before letting off the clutch) it'll go in. Let me know if you figure out what it is.
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Make sure you dont have ice, carpet and floormat between the pedal and floor also. Have someone pump the clutch pedal and look at your lines to make sure they are not swelling up, it dont take much swell to loose it.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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So I let her sit for a day. I went out this morning and she went into all gears with the engine on and cold. I put it in neutral and let her get to normal temp and tried again. Went into all gears fine, no grinding or anything. So I decided to give it a test run. Drove it around the block getting into all gears just fine. Stopped and went in reverse for half a block and everything was fine. Took it onto the highway shifting gears fine. What is up with this thing. I couldn't GET her to NOT go into any gear. All the fluids are full, I haven't added anything or done anything to her yet. Any thoughts?

PS I checked the lines for swelling like Lima suggested and I couldn't see anything swell. I live in Texas so not a lot of ice here. There is no carpet underneath the pedal and nothing else to get in the way.

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I had similar symptoms in my '85 b-II. I tried bleeding numerous ways and times, sometimes it seemed to get better?!?! I finally tracked it down to the flange on the master cylinder; it was broken on one side allowing the master to move, so incomplete movement INSIDE the master. I've also seen the floor boards ['87 ranger] have a crack that allowed master cylinder movement.
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Same thing happened to my 2003 b3000 last week its a bad slave cylinder. So i replaced everything because i had it apart any ways
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