TD New Guy
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
My Ride: LeBaron GTC 1989
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Shaking in reverse
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.