I am having problems shifting gears in my car.

1994 Mazda Protege 194,000 miles 1.8 Liter- Manual Transmission

It runs fine when I can get it into gear. (No slippage)
When I push down on the clutch the pressure doesn't feel right.

My Chilton Manual doesn't have any diagnostics but it did have
sections showing replacement of the master clutch cylinder and
clutch release(slave) cylinder.

Thanks for any input.


Posted on 2005-09-27 21:25:49 by skywalker
Not a mechanic btw.

If the syncromesh is knackered then any movement on the lay gear will make it crunch when you try to engage first, like with reverse, which has no syncro.

engine running, release clutch, jiggle the stick, engage clutch and then try to get reverse.
no crunching means no movement, clutch has fully disengaged, so lay gear ready.
then try to engage first.

If it doesn't engage then its the gearchange linkage that needs adjusting or the clutch release mechanism is knackered.
If the clutch release is knackered reverse will constantly grind when you try to engage it.

Get the manual for the car (haynes manuals are good)
Check the supplement section at the back for problems with the gearbox.

Its most likely the gearchange linkage which gets a lot of wear and tear.

If you need a new clutch system part scrapyards are the best/cheapest source.
However if the car has a design weakness that was modified in later Toyota models the supplement section in the haynes manual will highlight any modifications and you will have to get a newer dealer part instead of using an older original part from a yard.

Posted on 2005-10-03 08:01:10 by eek

Not a mechanic btw.

If the syncromesh is knackered then any movement on the lay gear will make it crunch when you try to engage first, like with reverse, which has no syncro.

engine running, release clutch, jiggle the stick, engage clutch and then try to get reverse.
no crunching means no movement, clutch has fully disengaged, so lay gear ready.
then try to engage first.

If it doesn't engage then its the gearchange linkage that needs adjusting or the clutch release mechanism is knackered.
If the clutch release is knackered reverse will constantly grind when you try to engage it.

Get the manual for the car (haynes manuals are good)
Check the supplement section at the back for problems with the gearbox.



Replacing the master clutch and slave cylinder was the problem.
It basically was a hydraulic problem.

I have a Chilton manual, I won't buy any more of those. They leave too many steps out.
The directions that came with the parts were more thorough and concise.

I normally buy the factory manual, but didn't want to spend $200. I'll look at aHaynes manual for my next vehicle.


Posted on 2005-10-11 11:48:09 by skywalker
Are you sure it was not that the clutch plate is getting too thin?

Regards,  P1  8)
Posted on 2005-10-11 11:55:44 by Pone