Nissan X-trail 2004 T30 DCI struggle to get it into gear


l can get every gear when the engine turn off. But when l start the car l struggle to get it into gear?

The reason this is happening is because the clutch is not being released all the way. This happens when the clutch disc and or pressure plate is worn. This can also occur if there is a leak in the hydraulic clutch if equipped. However the most common cause is a failing clutch slave and master cylinder. Similar to a brake master cylinder, when a clutch slave/master cylinder leak internally there is no loss of fluid visible. Yet the loss of function is still there. Replacing the The clutch slave and master cylinders as a complete unit is the way to go. If you try to do them individually, it will take for ever to bleed them.

Clutch Master Cylinder, Overhaul

Dismantle and inspect inside cylinder before purchasing rebuild kit. If pitting or scoring exist replace clutch master cylinder.

  1. Drain clutch hydraulic system.
  2. Remove clutch master cylinder from vehicle.
  3. Remove hydraulic fluid reservoir from master cylinder if equipped.
  4. Pull back rubber boot. There is no need to unscrew clevis from push rod. This saves you from having to adjust linkage.
  5. Remove snap ring holding push rod/washer in place using a suitable set of snap ring pliers.
  6. Pull out piston/spring assembly. You may have to use compressed air to assist in removal.
  7. Clean inside and outside of cylinder with denatured alcohol or fresh brake fluid. If you notice any pits or scrapes in cylinder, you will need to replace it with a new one.
  8. Lubricate new piston O-rings, with suitable lithium base grease.
  9. Slide assembly into cylinder.
  10. Pack end of piston, where push rod will rest and pivot, with suitable grease.
  11. Attach snap ring in place using snap ring pliers.
  12. Replace rubber boot.
  13. Replace reservoir with new copper crush washers, if equipped.
  14. Reverse procedure to install, note following:
    a.Fill and bleed clutch system.
    b.Inspect for hydraulic fluid leaks.
    c.Ensure clutch operates correctly.