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Old 12-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Manual transaxle problem, please help.

So the other night I was pulling out of a parking lot making a left turn, and as I was shifting from 1st gear to 2nd I heard a loud clunk that almost sounded like a bolt snapping or falling out. Immediately after this noise my engine reved up as I attempted to accelerate but the car slowed to a stop. I eventually had a friend help me push I into a parking spot. I have done some limited trouble shooting already; and, I found that I can freely move the gear selector in and out of all gears with the engine off. Also, I can turn the car on and use the clutch to shift into and out of each gear, but I can move the gear selector into and out of each gear with the engine running and no clutch usage although it makes and awful whine when I do it this way. The movement of the gear selector feels exactly the same as it did previously, it goes into gear and stays there securely without popping back into neutral. The car does not budge the slightest bit not even creeping in 1st or reverse. I noticed that my engine is idling between 1,100-1,200 Rpms as compared to the 800-900 rpm idle I had previously. The clutch pedal has full pressure and feels normal.

I apologize if this is a little disorganized but I am just trying to get my thoughts down while they are still fresh in my mind. This is my first post on this forum and any ideas or technical advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I had the clutch replaced in February shortly after I purchased the car and about 3-4 months ago I had the master and slave cylinders replaced.


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Old 12-03-2013, 09:53 AM   #2
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So does the car move under its own power at all?
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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I vote bad clutch
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #4
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The pop is either a halfshaft broken. Or your differential is broken.
You need to get under the car to look at the shafts coming out of the tranny.
Hope ($$$) it is just a halfshaft coming out of the tranny.
Even one broken will stop the car from moving. And the differential wizzing around is the big noise you hear.

So My bet is on a broken halfshaft, or it popped out of the differential case.
The differential broken and that is big money to take the tranny apart.
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if you do the work the cost is not that bad. but is usually easier to just buy a junkyard tranny.

get it up on jack stands, and get under there and look.
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Are we taking bets? My money is on a bad halfshaft...........
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The car doesn't move at all on its own power, and when I'm under the car looking how can I be sure it's the half shaft and not the gear box itself? Like what exactly would be a tell tale sign of it?
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Look at the axles, you will know if they are broken, they would be separated at the boots, or came out of the tranny. Usually when the clutch fails you can still select a gear when the motor is off and start it and drive that way.
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Jack car up BOTH wheels in air, car in gear. Have a friend hold one tire while you try to turn the other, if you can do it while he holds the one then diff or axle, the axle can tear up diff as well, sometimes both are bad.

If one tire being turned seems still connected to other where he can't hold it (they will turn backwards of each other and normal there) then something in hydro system to clutch or clutch itself has broken.
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When the car was running, did you feel any strange vibrations from the drivetrain?
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