Often gets stuck in gear,
2014 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Petrol manual 5 speed

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Trev
Driver
2 points

Problem added: Jul 23, 2021 (1 month ago)
I first noticed the problem when sitting at traffic lights with the car in first gear and the clutch depressed, as the lights were taking a long time I decided to take it out of gear and release the clutch, but it would not come out of gear! I had to turn the engine off then press the clutch to get it to Neutral.
Since then, it has happened a few times and I now try to remember not to sit with it in gear and the clutch depressed, this is during the very hot spell (30 degrees so wonder if that has a bearing on the problem).
Additionally, I have been unable to get it out of reverse after reversing into my drive, having again to turn the engine off.
Car: Vauxhall Astra
Variant: 1.6 Petrol manual 5 speed
Model Year: 2014
Category: Gearbox & Clutch
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whittingehame
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21,029 points

Jul 23, 2021 (1 month ago)
Could be a hydraulic problem , check the master cyl level and for any signs of leak at pedal push rod . If not may be general clutch assembly wear entailing replacement .
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Trev
Driver
2 points

Jul 25, 2021 (1 month ago) Edited on Jul 25, 2021 (1 month ago)
On closer inspection, the reservoir was not full (could not say how low as not able to see into/through the white plastic container). But removing the top could see it was not full. Stupid positioning of the reservoir, not easy to get to in order to remove the top and not enough light to see the level. At a quick glance it looked OK!!
Nipped to Halfords for some fluid to top it up, and while parking experienced clutch drag whereby the car crawled forward while in gear and clutch depressed.
Now fingers crossed the problem is fixed and the reservoir stays full (i.e., I do not have a leak), worrying that the reservoir also does the brakes as losing those would have been dangerous.
On the other hand if clutch problems show up first it is a good early warning! But the level warning light on the dash did not alert me to the problem, although it does illuminate for a few seconds when turning on the ignition (as they all do).
I cannot recall ever having to top up brake/clutch fluid in 30 years of owning cars.
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