I have a '94 Nissan Pickup XE, the base model with a 5-speed manual. As
i was getting onto the freeway the other day, I shifted into either 3rd
or 4th gear and dropped the clutch. as soon as i did this, i heard and
felt a large clunk. After that i try to speed up, but nothing happens
other than the engine revving up. So i pull over to the side of the
road, and i put it in first gear. I starty to let out on the clutch and
it connects very shakey for a matter of about a second, then abruptly
does the clunk again. So then i put it in 2nd gear and do the smae
thing. same thing happens. so i put it in 3rd, same thing again.
As a result, i figured that the clutch either straight up broke, or, a
couple of the bolts holding the pressure plate to the flywheel possibly
broke. So i pull the tranny. and everything looks good, other than a
little wear on the clutch. So then i bench shift the tranny, works
great like it had before. so then i pulled the rear end, brought it to
a very reputable drivetrain specailist along with the tranny. They pull
it all apart, everything in the rear-end looks great, and the tranny had
a little wear, but nothing major and nothing broken.
Has anybody had this same problem? I have been looking in nissan
newsgroups, and there are no other similar problems. Both I, and the
drivetrain specialists are at a complete loss.
San Diego, CA