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Thread: 1984 Santana 88 Gear or Clutch problem?? Novice needs help...

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    Default 1984 Santana 88 Gear or Clutch problem?? Novice needs help...

    Hello All! New to the forum and happy to be here. I recently acquired a 1984 Santana 88, 2.25L diesel w/ overdrive. I have had it for about 3 months and have occasionally driven it here and there without an issue. Just today when about to take it for a little spin, when it started fine but I could not get it to engage any gear except Reverse...and once I got in Reverse, it got stuck in gear.

    I let it sit for a bit after turning off the engine. After about 30 mins, I started it again and was able to disengage Reverse (whew!). It will engage gears when the engine is OFF but once I turn on the engine, no gears will engage. The clutch pedal feels a little "loose", but that could be my imagination....thoughts?

    About me: fairly novice when it comes to self repairs and maintenance, but one of the reasons I bought this vehicle was to try and get more into working on my own car.

    Thank you in advance for any advice or help...

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    Its possible that the clutch is not disengaging properly so the engine is still trying to drive the gearbox thus baulking the shift into gear. Check the fluid level in the clutch system for a starter and check for any leaks either at the pedal or the cylinder on the clutch housing.

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