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    SLPR 6.0L is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    06 difficult to get in reverse

    Ended up sitting in my car for at least 10 minutes over lunch the other day trying to force it into reverse, parked front end into a fence. I found that if I tried to force the stick into any of the gears without the clutch pedal depressed the gear box would not grind.
    I finally forced the car into reverse (clutch pedal engaged) with enough pressure, that when it went in gear, I busted my knucle on the open ash tray, turning it purple. I though I was going to break the stick.
    Earlier in the week I noticed it was becoming difficult to get the car in to the various gears.
    On the way home for lunch after getting the car on the road, I did not take the time to finess the car into gear, my hands were like Easter hams. Dealer called and is replacing my "clutch". I need to call and get the specifics. I have been complaining for at least a year that the clutch pedal has been difficult to depress and that the slave cylinder needs replaced. Would a defective slave cylinder cause the failure, or is it a bad sycro/rubber bushing?
    What would a UCC shifter cost me?? Could I work out free installation?
    Sorry for lenghty post

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    First and Reverse are pretty tricky with these Cars... Most of the Time I have to roll forward a bit to loosen up the Synchro's and it will slip into Reverse, I also have issues with it kicking out of gear in reverse... I guess I should take it into the Dealer, and get a Clutch as well!!

    UUC will make shifting much better, and smoother, but wont help your Reverse issue, Def. worth the $$ though... Also get the bushings, if anything those will make a difference.

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    Your car may have the clearance issue that some have had. Can't remember if just a clutch replacement is all you need or not. Sounds like they're finally on it, though. Good for you.

    As mentioned, shifter won't make a difference in getting into reverse, but it sure will make a difference in driving the car.
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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    Gee, sounds like my problem of last year. Except my clutch pedal was never hard to depress. If it goes into gear when the engine is turned off and you depress the clutch pedal, I would say the clutch isn't releasing enough. Mine was like that when I picked it up with 125 miles. On my car the pressure plate wasn't flat. First dealer said I had burned out the clutch and wanted to charge me for everything. Went to another dealer and inside of 5 minutes they said there was a problem and replaced flywheel, clutch disk, pressure plate and slave cylinder all under warranty.

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    Quote Originally Posted by SLPR 6.0L View Post
    Ended up sitting in my car for at least 10 minutes over lunch the other day trying to force it into reverse, parked front end into a fence. I found that if I tried to force the stick into any of the gears without the clutch pedal depressed the gear box would not grind.
    I finally forced the car into reverse (clutch pedal engaged) with enough pressure, that when it went in gear, I busted my knucle on the open ash tray, turning it purple. I though I was going to break the stick.
    Earlier in the week I noticed it was becoming difficult to get the car in to the various gears.
    On the way home for lunch after getting the car on the road, I did not take the time to finess the car into gear, my hands were like Easter hams. Dealer called and is replacing my "clutch". I need to call and get the specifics. I have been complaining for at least a year that the clutch pedal has been difficult to depress and that the slave cylinder needs replaced. Would a defective slave cylinder cause the failure, or is it a bad sycro/rubber bushing?
    What would a UCC shifter cost me?? Could I work out free installation?
    Sorry for lenghty post
    Hi,

    Check your clutch reservoir fluid level. I had a similar issue about 5 months ago, and upon checking the fluid level, I found it to be low. After refilling it, it worked fine. You may have a leak at the slave cylinder or somewhere between it and the reservoir itself. It's more than worth it to pop the hood and check it out.

    Cory

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    Shift into 4th gear before you try going into reverse......works every time.

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    Same here. I just go from 4th to reverse now eveytime out of habit.

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    I had a similar problem a couple of years ago but the clutch was never hard to depress. Dealer replaced almost everything, the problem was that the flywheel was 0.020" too deep letting the clutch rub on the flywheel and turning the internals of the tranny. When the engine was off the car would shift fine, but start the engine and it was impossible to get into reverse and it was hard to get into 1st. Since the flywheen, clutch and slave were replace I don't have any kind of problem getting it into gear...

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    really will this work on a cts base ?

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    Yes, flush the clutch fluid.

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    I always do 3rd first then to reverse and it works pretty good for me. Just like smashn808 said with the 4th to reverse.

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    I did have a reverse lockout solenoid fail on an LS1 Transam, but I was used to over coming the spring pressure to get it in reverse. I never have had to use two hands though. I have yet to experience this but I know my clutch fluid is in need of a flush soon keep us posted OP after the clutch fluid flush

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    Re: 06 difficult to get in reverse

    I had the same problem for the last 50k miles. Mike Yeager said the dual mass flywheel was the issue. Replace everything with the LS7 set up from him. What a joy to drive again. Wished I would have done it 2 years ago when I had to have the trans rebuilt. Love to drive it again.

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