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Series 3 Grinding my gears...

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by Grimshaw, Mar 7, 2018.

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  1. Grimshaw

    Grimshaw New Member

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    Hi, all,

    It's virtually impossible to get my Series 3 into gear unless the transfer box is in neutral. It seems harder if the engine is running. If I can force it in then I get drive fine when I raise the clutch. It's hardest to get into reverse and the gears grind when I try. I first noticed the problem when I tried to go out in the snow recently. The car was parked in gear with the transmission brake off.

    What might the problem be? and how can I fix it?
    Is it likely that the clutch has frozen/got stuck to the flywheel?
     
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    freelance Well-Known Member

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    Yes, stuck, or oil on Eli es and clutch plate sticking
     
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    tottot Well-Known Member

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    Are you low on clutch fluid?
     
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    Bobsticle De Villes Advocaat

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    Try pumping the clutch pedal. If it goes in gear then it could be as simple as air in the system or a knackered seal.
     
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    Quite right, a hydraulic problem is by far the most likely. Look for leaks at the master cylinder and slave and bleed the system. Not a sticking clutch plate. If it were, the clutch wouldn't work at all, until you could free it.
     
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    How far up on the pedal before the clutch bites.
     
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    John S Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean by the transfer box in neutral? That’s a very odd description. If I think what you’re saying is that you can’t get it into gear using the red high/low selector lever? That sounds bonkers. Could you describe this in more detail please. You say virtually impossible? How impossible? IMHO this looks like more than just a clutch problem.
     
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    it is a clutch problem
     
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    If he puts the red lever to the neutral position it disconnects the drive to the axles/wheels. This is a clutch problem, nothing more.
     
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    # 1 more for clutch drag. could be slave or master leaking and letting the clutch back in. As someone said, pump it fast and see it it makes a difference.
     
  11. Grimshaw

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    I mean that if I put the red hi/low lever in neutral then I can move through the gears but not if it's engaged in either hi or low range.
     
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    I had a similar problem but a bit more random, finally replaced the clutch, turned out the splines were rusty so the driven plate was not fully backing off the flywheel
     
  13. John S

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    Ahh. Understand now. As posted it could be a clutch problem.
     
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