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Problem Shifting Into Reverse

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    Problem Shifting Into Reverse

    Every time I park my WS6 I leave it in 1st gear. It doesn't metter whether I park it for 1 minute or overnight, every time I try to shift it directly from 1st to Reverse it just kind of slide into where reverse should be, then it acts like its in neutral. You can tell it didn't go into gear because it doesn't pop like it went into gear. I have to put it in neutral, pump the clutch a couple times, then it goes right into reverse. Its okay when I instantly go from driving around to shifting into reverse, it only does it after it sits for a while. I'm not losing any clutch fluid, its always full. Could it be a slave cylinder issue? I have also noticed the clutch fells like its worn out because it doesn't catch intil the very top of the pedal, I don't know if the problems are connected or not. Thanks in advance!

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    These transmissions are well know for being a little balky at times-just try shifting a little slower when you making that shift, the transmission gears have to slow down a little before the synchros will allow a shift. Your clutch could be dragging slightly also,but if it's not causing any other problems it'll be fine for the time being.

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    try shifting into another gear first, hold clutch in then put it in a gear then put it in reverse, a lot of people tend to have to do that.

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    sounds like either there is air in the system or your master cylinder is going out. try bleeding it first. If that doesnt work, replace the master.

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    surprised he'd have any issue with the master cyl. as the 01-02's got the better ones all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearhead1
    I have also noticed the clutch fells like its worn out because it doesn't catch intil the very top of the pedal
    this makes me thing master
    Quote Originally Posted by gearhead1
    You can tell it didn't go into gear because it doesn't pop like it went into gear. I have to put it in neutral, pump the clutch a couple times, then it goes right into reverse.
    this sounds like the throwout bearing/slave. I mention master first because its outside the tranny and easier to replace then having to pull the tranny and replace the slave.

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    Thanks guys. I figured I'd be having brake trouble also if the master was acting up. I guess I change it, maybe it will fix everything and I won't need a clutch after all.

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    You guys may not realize, but both your owners manual and GM service manual state that to go into reverse you need to shift it from second gear. It has to do with the reverse lock out on the six speeds. I shift mine into first, then second, then into reverse and have never had any problems. I've done it that way since I got the car over a year ago, and it's only mods are air filter, exhaust, and sfc.

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    thats interesting i didnt know that

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    little tip too Your MAF and reverse lockout solenoid run off the same fuse.

    i had a short in *wire that rubbed the coating off , and the reverse lockout was fully locked all the time, and i couldnt figure out what was wrong.

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    I'd never read that-will try to look that up sometime. I've had the reverse lock-out solenoid prevent shifts into reverse when rolling forward at above a certain speed. It will allow a slight forward speed, but above a certain threshold will lock it out . But that doesn't feel like it's almost going into gear-it's not even close to going in (IMHO). It's a definite lock out feel.

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    I'll have to try that.

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