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post #1 of 7 Old 08-04-2011, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Truck won't go into gear

Back on the troubleshooting forum again.
I have a 1998 dodge dakota v6 3.9l with more than a quatermillion miles on it.
Never had problemns with my dakota until last 25k miles. I'm at about 227kmiles.

So my truck started up fine, i went about half mile down the road and was realzing it was near impossible to shift into gear.
So i thought i'm in real trouble.
I get a red light and put the truck in N. As light turns green i go to engage first gear.. won't happen. won't budge, i mean the stick would break before it even got close. perfect timing for the great economy ha. i even tried shifting with out use of the clutch. you know ramming tho rpms to 3.5 or 4. still won't go in. so i shut the truck off. put it in first and start it. well it goes in gear but made the most horrible grinding and cluncking sound. Iv had to do this about three times now. So i have no idea whats wrong. the clutch? master cylinder? slave cylinder? transmission...
i'm thinking it may be the tranny as its leaking everywhere... don't want to fix seals becasue itll cost more to fix seals than to buy a new tranny. also the tranny mount is all messed up. No more rubber sepearting the tranny from tranny mount. any input is much appreciated!!
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clutch spind down time
start it in netural and wait a few secs... try and put it in reverse if it grinds.. which it does i think that indicates bad pressure plate or clutch disc.

clutch mounting bracket may be cracked allowing flex thus allowing the clutch to only engage half way.
to dark outside to deal with that right now tho
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what mounts? sorry i don't have the best technical vocab i'm a ranch hand n just fuck with shit till it works. i just drove it everythings fine...for now. no i didnt mean that it will only go to reverse sorry. i ment the below...
i was testing the clutch spin down time... and if it grinds when tying to put it in reverse it indicates bad pressure plate or clutch disc.and it was grinding when ttrying to go into reverse eailer.
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or the clutch mountring bracket, now that i remeber my clutch pedal was squeaking indicationg the brackets gone bad. giving flex. n all that
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might be your slave cylinder..... not building pressure to disengage your clutch, just put one in my truck....... if not sinkros in the tranny are not lineing up or the shift forks are bent.

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slave cylinder sounds like it cause its hard to engage gears, clutch aint releasing completly, what are sinkros?
thank you for you thoughts starting to peice this shit together.
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worn synchros means new tranny huh, sorry just got what you ment
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