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Clutch or transmission problem? will not shift after starting, sometimes.

(1990 Porsche 944)
in Palmdale, CA on June 29, 2010
It happens sometimes. but its getting to be more often. It will not go into gear when it has started. is it the clutch or tranny? when you start it in reverse (with the clutch pedal depressed) it starts to move, it seems the clutch is already sort of engaged. Starting it on first gear does not move it forward though; it seems to move more in reverse when started in gear. It almost seems like clutch problem. I have replaced the master and slave hydraulics and bled the system. Why is it intermittent? Sometimes it will start fine, other times it wont get into any gear. You would think if something is bad it would always stays bad.
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on March 04, 2011
My porsche does this once in a while but i havnt tried starting it in reverse i always run my shifter through all the gears ussually from 3 to reverse to 1 to 2 to 4 and it never has problems. try it. hope it helps.
on March 04, 2011
Finally did the clutch job and found the pilot bearing that was seized and a worn fork. But since you are already there you might as well replace everything that can be replaced. This is a 10 hr job to dismantle and assemble and around a grand in parts. Lucky I found a slightly used fork or that would have cost another $500. Cant believe parts for this car is 10x more than other makes. For these parts to cost this much you would think they shouldn't break at all or last a long time.
From what you are describing, that is how mine started and finally it just wont shift anymore so we finally had to open it.
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