A friend of mine who is a mechanic-in-training replaced my clutch. I have no idea what happened, but after he installed my $450 clutch, it was having engagment issues from the get go (I chalked it up to me getting used to a new racing clutch) and it started slipping less than two months later . So I talked to my dad's friend who is a real mechanic, and long story short had him put in a new clutch from O'Reilly's. He said he could not find anything physically wrong with the first clutch, so I don't know why it was slipping in the first place. After he got everything back together, at first it would not shift into reverse, but now when the shifter does get into the reverse position, the wheels move forward, and it feels like the transmission is actually in 4th or 5th. He has checked and double checked the linkage and he says he is sure everything is hooked up properly. I've got a line on a couple used transmissions to replace this one, but I want to know it's not just going to be screwed up again when I put a different trannie in. The transmission has had problems before now, but nothing like this. It has 165-170K miles on it. Some of the gears were grinding and it could be very difficult to get into 1st and reverse before.
Just replaced my clutch, now when I shift into reverse, it moves forward. on 2001 Hyundai Tiburon
by cbmackintosh in Kirkland, WA on February 26, 2013
ANSWER by globalhelper on February 27, 2013
could be clutch adj. is it cable or hydraulic. if cable adj 1" of free play in pedal if hyd try bleeding system
ANSWER by pushrod on February 27, 2013
Put it in reverse before starting engine to see if it goes in easily. Agree with 1.