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This is a discussion on shifting problems! within the Manual Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; i have a 98 camaro z28,when i race or smash on the car,the gears get hard,when i try to shift ...

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    shifting problems!

    i have a 98 camaro z28,when i race or smash on the car,the gears get hard,when i try to shift into 2nd 3rd or 4th it gets hard to get it into gear,mayb clutch cable adjusment??any ideas on what it could be?

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    Sounds like your slave cylinder is going out. Our cars don't have clutch cables like a Mustang (that would be too easy lol), we have hydraulic clutch systems consisting of the master cylinder at the pedal, the hydraulic lines going down to the trans, and then a slave cylinder (which is basically a hydraulic throwout bearing). It cannot be adjusted, since its self adjusting. When the slave starts to get weak, it can't disengage the clutch fast enough, resulting in hard shifting and trouble getting into gear, especially at high RPM's.

    The solution is to upgrade the slave cylinder with a new one, preferrably from a 01-02 F-body (they are better than the 98-00 ones). You will have to drop the transmission, since the slave rides on the input shaft, so if your trans needs a rebuilt or you need a new clutch, thats the time do do it.

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    damn,dats gonna cost sum money huh

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    i'm having the same problem only at high rpm though its accompanied by a loud grinding type noise....same thing? or somethin else?(its not gear grinding)

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    no i dont have loud grinding noises,its just a lil harder to get it into gears at higher rpm then lower rpm

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    right, but my question is, could i have the same problem as you just maybe a little more severe?? or is my problem somethin totally different. i've been told it could be my throw out bearing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaro#4 View Post
    i'm having the same problem only at high rpm though its accompanied by a loud grinding type noise....same thing? or somethin else?(its not gear grinding)
    How are you sure its not gear grinding??

    Id the clutch isn't fully disengaging when you try to shift, the result is usually hard shifting, not going into gear, and the transmission clashing/grinding when you try to engage gears.

    Can't think of what else would make a grinding sound, at high RPM, when you try to shift, besides the transmission...

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