Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Hyundai Excel, Shifting Problems
Q: I have a ‘92 Hyundai Excel with nearly 90,000 miles on it. A couple
of days ago, the gear shift began sticking when going into and out of
gear. This was worse with first and second gear, and not so bad, but still
present ,in third and fourth. It eased up after the car had been running
awhile. Now it started making a grinding noise when shifting into reverse.
What do these symptoms mean?
sounds as if the fluid in your hydraulic clutch is low and may have a
system leak. When you step on the clutch pedal of your vehicle you’re
pushing fluid from the clutch master cylinder to a part called a slave
cylinder. The slave cylinder pushes on an arm that disengages the clutch
to allow shifting of gears. If the fluid level is low the slave cylinder
will not move far enough to fully release the clutch. The result is difficult
shifting and gear grinding in the lower speeds and reverse. If ignored
you may find that you will be unable to shift at all unless you’re a skilled
truck driver. Have the fluid level checked in the hydraulic clutch.