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Transmission stuck in reverse after clutch slave replacement

I just completed the herculean feat of replacing my slave cylinder. Awesome learning experience, major frustration, but the clutch works now. The only problem is that the tranny is stuck in reverse, so I still can't drive the thing!!
I know The clutch is working bc it applies power through the drirve shaft exactly as it should. But the stick feels all wrong, like its halfway in neutral. Only its in reverse. Where did I go wrong???
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I just completed the herculean feat of replacing my slave cylinder. Awesome learning experience, major frustration, but the clutch works now. The only problem is that the tranny is stuck in reverse, so I still can't drive the thing!!
I know The clutch is working bc it applies power through the drirve shaft exactly as it should. But the stick feels all wrong, like its halfway in neutral. Only its in reverse. Where did I go wrong???
When you removed the shifter, did you remove the just shaft itself (17mm lock nut IIR) or take out the shift fork?

If you took out the shift fork, did make sure you had it in neutral? If not, that's probably your issue.....
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I took out the shift fork too. It was in reverse. What do I do now??
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I took out the shift fork too. It was in reverse. What do I do now??
I beleive you are going to have to take the top cover off and realign the shift rods....honestly though, never ran into the problem b/c I always leave the fork in or make sure it's in neutral.

Bad news is I think you have todrop the trans to get to that top cover and shift rods.....

Could be wrong about this, like I said it's one of those things I've always done simply knowing if I don't leave it in neutral it can cause problems.....
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Thanks. I was afraid of that. How do I align the shift rods?
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There are 3 rails and each has 3 positions. To be in neutral, all 3 must be in the middle position so the slots line up. The fifth/reverse rail is on the left (driver side) and it probably just needs to go from the forward position to the middle. A large screwdriver can be used to carefully lever the rail back into position but do not force it.
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