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02 clutch/transmission issue,

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Hello fellow 02 owners.

I was wondering if someone might be able to help me with my issue.

I recently replaced my clutch last week. I used a 228mm clutch and a 323 longer throw out bearing with my getrag 245 5 speed. After putting it all back together and bleeding the slave cylinder, the car stalls as if in gear after starting in neutral.I could start the car, put it in gear but the car won't really move. I tried leaving it in neutral after starting, then after I let off the clutch pedal slowly, the car will move as if in gear and then stall. 


I left the car at my uncles shop, he has a spare lift that he lent me since I can only go there after work hours. I also noticed that it was a little hard to get in to 2nd gear and noticed now that it won't go to 5th gear.

I've tried searching online, the closest thing I could find online was a guy with an e46 who had a similar issue, all he did was drain the fluid, put cheap fluid, ran the car on a lift for about 10 min to flush the system, and then put new fluid and it worked.


Does anyone have any experience with this that can help me diagnose the issue?

Anyone with good transmission/clutch experience that can chime in?

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  why did you change the trans from 4-5 speed.

did you replace the pilot bearing in the back of

the crankshaft when you did the work? when the

trans is in neutral and the car is running do you

hear any rolling sound or dead quiet. the most

likely drag on the motor is the pilot bearing.

let us know.


stone racing co

phila pa 19123

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I'm confused. 

If you start in neutral, it's fine.

If you start in gear with the clutch pressed in, it stalls?


Did you compare the old parts to the new ones you put in?


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 I had taken the transmission to a friend who is very knowledgeable with cars and he concluded that 2 of the gears engaged at the same time. We ended up prying the transmission apart and he confirmed it.

I don't really know how this happened. All did was pull the transmission and put it in the parts washer bin to clean it. I did move it in different positions so I'm not sure if I put it in an awkward position that caused 2 gears to engage at the same time. Anyway, now my clutch change had turned into a transmission refresh <_<. I was really hoping to drive it this 4th of july weekend. I will probably post a blog for whoever cares to read. The synchros still looked good. I will be  refreshing the getrag 245 with new bearings and seals.


Would also like to thank Le from 02garagewerks for taking the time to help me out!

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my guess is when you had it out you stood it on end and set it down a bit hard and one of the sliders moved forward (it's usually the 1st/2nd gear slider or it went into reverse)  which then left the shifter stuck in the neutral position in the 3/4 gate with no way to get it lined up with the shift rail that had moved.  If you could move the shift lever into the 1/2 gate but could not move it into either gear it was stuck in reverse.  You could have then actually put it in 3/4/5 gear and it would have been in two gears at once.  You could have fixed the problem by taking the gearbox out of the car, standing it on the OTHER end and thumping it on a piece of wood hard enough to undo what you had done. 

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