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post #1 of 3 Old 06-23-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Shaking in reverse

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Le Baron T2 1989 manual

After rebuilding the engine, including new clutch/plate (LUK 05-060), bolts (ARP), flywheel milled, clutch cable, all rubber mounts.... soon these problems arised:

1) The self adjustment is not working properly, so cable loses tension. This is a point of irritation since shifting gets more weary, but I have gotten used to pressing the clutch pedal 2-3 times and then it works normally. I have tried to pull the clutch pedal backwards (something I read somewhere) but it does not help. Also I tried putting in an extra washer where the cable meets the arm. Thinking about replacing the clutch cable for something with manual tensioner, is it a good idea?

2) However, it works much worse in reverse. It started with the engine shaking slightly in certain positions/combinations of pedals - but was still manageable.
Now it has gotten terrible. I can always get the reverse gear in (after 2-3 pedals to the bottom) but now I can almost not go in reverse. The whole car shakes and the smell of burnt clutch can be felt around the block. By now, I feel like I can go reverse maybe 10 times more and then the whole thing will blow up or something. Last time it was like the gear, though in place, did not engage at all- only the shakes.

I had none of these problems before the engine rebuild. I am not a beginner with cars but this one beats me. I have thought of a few possible explanations (low oil in trans? alignment? vibration dampers?) but none of them make sense since I believe they should affect the forward gears too.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Shaking in reverse

Have a buddy apply the clutch and have a look at how it engages the clutch arm, see if it's pulling it near all the way up, and releasing it all the way down. Inspect the cable and where it mounts. If it's not fully pulling the clutch arm up and letting it release fully, I would then disassembly the clutch cable and self-adjustment and check to see that the cable moves freely, and that no teeth are missing on the self-adjustment block.

Next, remove the air box and inspect shift linkage. You can remove the linkages and shift the trans by hand, see if all gears engage smoothly

If everything is great, I suggest you have a clutch problem, even though it is new, something could have springs could have failed something came loose, ie. flywheel bolts, pressure plate bolts,
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Re: Shaking in reverse

I assume you are saying the "shaking in reverse" is when the clutch is engaged.
The engine torques differently in forward and reverse gears, check the engine mounts for damage or not being properly secured/centered.

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