the clutch pedal has play in it and I cant get car in gear without shutting the engine. I did get it to shift when I finally got it to shift with engine off.
it seems I cant get the car to shift, with the motor on. on 2002 BMW Z8
If you can shift your car with the engine off but not while it is running, that is almost always a clutch problem, it could be the clutch itself or the clutch hydraulics.
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If the clutch pedal feels very low and squishy, you probably have a hydraulic leak. Next to the brake master cylinder there should be a smaller resorvoir. Check the fluid. If its empty, fill it and look for the leak. If its full, you've got bigger problems.