1992 Isuzu Rodeo Clutch Problem

by Langley Ward
(Salt Lake City, Utah)

92 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4

92 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4

92 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4
Green 93 Isuzu Rodeo
Rodeo 95 green

I just had the clutch replaced on my 92 Isuzu Rodeo (4X4, 3.1L, Manual Transmission). Now, when the vehicle is cold I can't get it into reverse, unless I turn the engine off and then shift gears.

It then shifts rough until the engine warms up. The colder it is outside the longer it takes for the transmission to operate normally. My first guess was that it is some kind of hydraulic issue. So I had the fluid changed and also had the master cylinder and the slave cylinder replaced. I still have the same exact problems.

I would like to know if it could be air getting into the line? And if yes what would the temperature have to do with that? If you have An Isuzu Rodeo with a manual transmission I would like to hear about any problems you had with your transmission even if it's different then mine. You know how what goes wrong with one rodeo will usually happen to other rodeo's of about the same year! If you have any ideas I am open minded?

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May 18, 2010
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Hard shifting into Reverse
by: Anonymous

This is a tough question to answer on many levels. But the way you described the hard shifting into reverse can certainly be nailed down to the main input shaft is still turning. The main shaft must stop fully to get it into reverse on your model transmission.

The most common cause of this condition is incomplete clutch disengagement. Although the clutch pedal is pushed to the floor it is still slightly turning the main input shaft. This is why when you turn the engine off it goes right into reverse.

Many things can cause this situation including the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder air in the hydraulic lines also. But if everything was fine before the installation of the new clutch and now there is a problem AFTER it may point to an error during installation such as alignment issues or problems with the replacement parts such as pressure plate, pilot bearing, through out bearing or the clutch disc itself.

The condition you described as temperature related is usually due to incorrect manual transmission fluid. You may want to check what type of fluid belongs in there and what is actually in there.

There are a lot variables involved with your situation and its hard to say for sure with out a hands on inspection. But if everything was okay before the clutch job and now there are problems the focus should be on checking over the repairs performed.

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