[ROVERNET - UK] Re: Clutch? (Vol 41, Issue 38)

Gordon Harrower griffo at comcast.net
Mon May 1 01:53:24 BST 2006

jDolan wrote:

>> I'm coming out of my customary voyeuristic position here to run a TC 
>> problem by the more-knowledgeable.  Today I was driving my '68 TC and 
>> suddenly felt a shudder when trying to shift into second gear.  Soon 
>> I couldn't get it into second at all, then only first gear would 
>> work.  As fate would have it, I was near the garage that works on it, 
>> but I'd like to have some sense of what's going on before I approach 
>> them tomorrow.
>> I'd appreciate any thoughts.
>> Thanks, Gordon.
> Good evening Gordon-
>  Sorry to hear the bad news.
> If the motor is off, can you engage the gears? If so, try engaging a 
> gear with the motor off, then try turning the starter/key briefly. If 
> the car moves forward, I'd suspect the clutch is at fault. Others 
> might not advise this procedure, but I'd give it a go. Do make sure 
> you are prepared, should the car start up and be running, in gear, 
> with a faulty clutch. Maybe even be so prepared as to pull the coil 
> wire for the short test.
>  If you can't engage gears with the motor off and with or without the 
> clutch, I'd look at the "tranny" (hi Glen) or the linkage.
>  Good luck. Its only a machine- you'll win with determination!
> jim  Bethel, VT
> '60 P5 MkI LHD 4 spd w/OD
> '61 LR 88" SW 16's, OD, 1 Bbl weber, hubs  "Selig"
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Thanks very much for responding.  I'll give that a go.  I've had this 
car about a year, and this is the first serious problem I've had with it.

I envy you your 3-Litre.  We had two when I was a kid, but I haven't 
been able to find a good one (w/OD).  I'll let you know what I find out 
with my wretched TC.  Gordon.

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