Can't shift when engine is running

Asked by Apr 03, 2017 at 11:44 PM about the 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I installed a new clutch slave and master cylinder but still cannot shift into gear
when the engine is running. Before I install a new clutch disc, pressure plate
and throw-out bearing I need to make sure the system is bled adequately.
How much movement should be on the pushrod at the slave? Mine moves
only a half inch and the top third of the clutch peddle is soft.

1 Answer

You should have about 1/2 to 1 inch of free play in the pedal. I'm not an expert on the cavalier, however, that is the norm for just about any standard shift vehicle. If you have a travel of 1/3 of the way to the floor you are probably not releasing the clutch all the way. Make sure it is bled properly and adjusted properly.

Your Answer

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

  • #1
    John Saffrahn
    Reputation
    3,010
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,360
  • #3
    mbar1
    Reputation
    1,220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
3 Great Deals out of 764 listings starting at $10,929
Used Honda Civic
309 Great Deals out of 3,481 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Mustang
7 Great Deals out of 1,156 listings starting at $2,999
Used Honda Accord
74 Great Deals out of 1,084 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
171 Great Deals out of 3,638 listings starting at $2,245
Used Toyota Camry
54 Great Deals out of 1,905 listings starting at $1,688
Used Nissan Sentra
188 Great Deals out of 1,642 listings starting at $2,750
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
5 Great Deals out of 73 listings starting at $1,800

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.