My Manual Transmission Is Hard To Shift Into First And Reverse, Why?
It's hard to shift into first and reverse because the clutch is not working properly. The purpose of the clutch is to disconnect the transmission from the spinning engine. When you depress the clutch pedal, the friction portion of the clutch (clutch disc) is allowed to move away from the turning flywheel which is spinning with the engine's crankshaft. When the clutch is nolonger touching the flywheel, the gears in the transmission slow down or stop moving and normal shifting into first or reverse takes place.
Hard, and sometimes impossible shifting into first and reverse is caused by the clutch disc not moving away from the spinning flywheel. This is commonly referred to as the "clutch is not releasing". The number one cause is the hydraulic system that operates the clutch is leaking and has low fluid. Check the level in the clutch's master cylinder mounted on the firewall and add brake fluid if it is low and get it checked out.
Another cause of a shifting problem is the pressure assembly, also called a pressure plate, is simply wearing out. The pressure assembly actually traps the clutch disc between itself and the flywheel when the clutch pedal is not depressed and releases the clutch disc when depressed. Age and miles cause the springs in the pressure plate to fatigue and usually requires a complete clutch job.
I will refer everyone to Jim Jennings Transmissions in Essex. They really made me feel at ease and the quality of work was the best I ever had at any shop. thanks jj.
Tiffany of Canton Maryland
"Jim Jennings Transmissions in Essex is the best auto repair place I have been too. I wish they did more than transmissions work because I would go there for everything. They called me at 8 am to let me know my car was there safe and sound and they would call and they were going to look at my car and call me back. They called me back at 10ish and found my transmission problem and fully explained what the problem was and gave me and estimate. At 11:30 am they called me back and said the transmission problem was fixed and my car was running great. Their prices and quality are excellent. They made me feel secure and at ease by keeping me up to date about my car. When I went to pick my car up, I was greeted by 3 of the workers and they were very friendly and made me feel at home. One guy explained to me what happened with my transmission and explained it in a mechanical way. The second guy explained it to me in a non mechanic way so I have a better understanding and even showed me the damaged part off my car in explanation. The three guys explained to me how to maintain my transmission and explained what I should ask the establishment who checks and replaces my oil so I get the best service out of them. I will refer everyone to Jim Jennings Transmissions in Essex. They really made me feel at ease and the quality of work was the best I ever had at any shop. thanks jj."
A business I can truly trust and I will recommend Jim Jennings Transmissions to my family and friends. Thanks for all your help!
Diane of Odenton Maryland
"Excellent repair team! A business I can truly trust and I will recommend Jim Jennings Transmissions to my family and friends. Thanks for all your help!"
Jim Jennings Transmission gets 10/10 from me! Thank you all!
Alex Darnell of Baltimore Maryland
"Jim Jennings Transmissions in Baltimore provided me with EXCELLENT service! I was able to talk to someone on the phone before bringing my car to them to get an idea of what my transmission problem was. We went on a test drive to see exactly what my problem was, and computer diagnose any additional problems that I was not aware of. The service was quick, and not excruciatingly expensive. I was treated as if I had been coming to them for years. That's the way ALL repair shops should be. Jim Jennings Transmission gets 10/10 from me! Thank you all!"
I will always recommend your company to family and friends as the best transmission repair shop in Baltimore!
William Rogers of Belair Maryland
"On behalf of my daughter Adrianne and myself I wanted to thank you once again for checking the problem we were having with her 1997 Ford Escort . And, also, before I forget, please thank the transmission technician for his valuable assistance. The effort you men put forth in trying to track down the problem in her car was beyond what I expected. Because of her difficult personal situation you really helped out. I will of course do what you recommended and drive the car personally for a while to see if the transmission problem reoccurs. I'll close by, once again, promising I will always recommend your company to family and friends as the best transmission repair shop in Baltimore!"
I have had 2 transmissions repair. They always back their work with integrity!
Middle River Maryland
George Hayes of Middle River Maryland
"Jim Jennings is the finest transmission shop in the Baltimore Area and let me tell you why. This past Saturday, I called the shop hoping somebody would be there. Gary, who I believe is the owner and he happened to be there catching up on paperwork heard my concern about what I thought was transmission fluid leaking after a recent servicing of the vehicle, he told us to bring it in. He could have easily blew me off until Monday. He put it upn the lift and checked it himself and he checked all fluids and to our relief found nothing wrong. In the past I have had 2 transmissions repair. They always back their work with integrity!"
Gary and his team are the best, THANK YOU! I have been telling everyone to go to JIM JENNINGS for all their transmission repair work.
Phil Blatcher of York Pennsylvania
"I didn't think it was still possible to get top notch, quality customer service anymore but, that's just what Jim Jennings Transmissions in Baltimore gives. They made me feel like I was their #1 customer. They repaired my vehicle's transmission ahead of the promised time and at a very reasonable price. My vehicle runs better then ever and all their work is under warranty. Gary and his team are the best, THANK YOU! I have been telling everyone to go to JIM JENNINGS for all their transmission repair work."
I highly recommend Jim Jennings Transmissions. Their customer service and attention to detail is outstanding!
Fran Lane of Baltimore Maryland
"Outstanding service! Jim Jennings Transmissions went above and beyond to fix our 2004 Jeep Liberty . It required a part that was on "national backorder." Our mechanic, went out of his way searching the internet and talking to dealers across the country to try to track down the part. His hard work and determination paid off. Jim Jennings kept us updated every step of the way. When the part arrived, they installed it immediately and didn't charge us for the labor. I highly recommend Jim Jennings Transmissions. Their customer service and attention to detail is outstanding!"
Their striving for honest, quality work truly showed with my experience on the phone and at the repair shop. I would strongly recommend Jim Jennings Transmissions to anyone else seeking transmission repair.
Perry Hall Maryland
Collin Edwards of Perry Hall Maryland
"While having trouble with my transmission (5R55S), I was reading online about how positive the reviews are with Jim Jennings Transmissions in Essex. I decided to take my car in and John Chalk (JC) checked it out on a test run. I was told I needed either a transmission replacement or transmission rebuild done. I chose to get the rebuild done. After the service was completed, I immediately noticed that all the troublesome problems I had before were now gone. My experience with Jim Jennings Transmissions and their team of well-trained transmission technicians from start to finish was nothing short of excellent. I would give Jim Jennings Transmissions an A for their service, quality of work, and their amazing amount of knowledge and expertise on transmissions. I was talked to as though I was part of their family. Their striving for honest, quality work truly showed with my experience on the phone and at the repair shop. I would strongly recommend Jim Jennings Transmissions to anyone else seeking transmission repair."
I will definitely be a repeat customer again if I have any transmission issues, ever!! AND their shop was super clean to boot!!
Michele R of Parkville Maryland
"My 01 Chevrolet Malibu was having transmission problems- too afraid of knowing the problem, I drove it until it couldn't go anymore. Jim Jennings Transmissions was AWESOME!!! Gary Jennings picked up my car late in the afternoon, called me the next day and told me that it only needed some transmission lines re-done (rusted through). I just KNOW if I took it anywhere else, they would have told me I needed a whole new transmission, to the tune of thousands of dollars. I will definitely be a repeat customer again if I have any transmission issues, ever!! AND their shop was super clean to boot!!"
Price was right and service was excellent - overall 5 star experience!
Ellicott City Maryland
Mike Gussin of Ellicott City Maryland
"JC took care of our 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner with a 727 transmission rebuild. In addition to this service JC and his team of trained technicians also found and fixed other, non-transmission related issues some of which would have been impossible to find or repair without the transmission removed. The Roadrunner performs better than it ever has. Price was right and service was excellent - overall 5 star experience! Even the flatbed towing service was top notch and professional."