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What seems to be the problem with my '94 Toyota Celica?

Asked by floppyballmcduff (10points) October 14th, 2009

I had a new clutch kit put into my Celica about a year ago. However, now it has developed another problem. The symptoms are:
– unable to shift into third gear
– high-pitched whine when driving in second, fourth and fifth gears
– in low gears (one and two), and at low speeds (ie- in a parking lot) something under the hood sounds like it’s loose and rattling… but only at low speeds
– the smell of burning, though not of a fluid. it almost smells as if the gears are grinding

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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Judi's avatar

It’s 15 years old?

Darwin's avatar

Sounds as if one or more of the gears has gotten damaged. How does the transmission fluid look?

Some info on servicing the transmission can be found here.

dpworkin's avatar

Throwout bearing? Pilot bearing?

HGl3ee's avatar

Your gears are very likely rubbing, I’d do a major check of the transmission fluid! If there is any friction at all they will get messed up fast! That can get ugly sooo quick!!! Take it to a trusted mechanic asap O_O – LB

Note: my boyfriend (a HUGE car nerd) is currently bouncing behind me in a mild state of panic! hehe

floppyballmcduff's avatar

Thank you everyone for your help. My brother said it is likely a throwout bearing, but a different mechanic that I asked said that if it was the bearing, then all the gears would be unusuable. So I’m going to try to have a mechanic look at it this weekend. Again, thank you all for your help.

dpworkin's avatar

You can still shift with a bad throwout bearing. It’s the noise and the odor that are diagnostic.

floppyballmcduff's avatar

@pdworkin Thanks. I hope this is all it is.

dpworkin's avatar

Well, but if you can’t get it into certain gears, you may need to replace the clutch. The clutch kit will come with a new throwout bearing. Take it to a less looney mechanic is my advice.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

A throwout bearing will make the car hard to get into gear from a standstill. You can usually hear and feel a distinctive clunk if you get the thing into gear at all. I’m guessing low trans oil, like a lot of others here, and maybe your tranny is due for an overhaul. Or your car is ready for the big used car lot in the sky.

PacificRimjob's avatar

The ‘94 part.

Remove the radiator cap and drive a newer car under it.

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