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good news bad news and a question

Good news: my car is starting again. it was a loose connection in the ref sensor cable.

Bad news: that was not the cause of stuttering and engine power loss. That is still happening.

Question: What to do next?

I am finally getting more time to work on my car. As a newbie I would like some advice as to whats easy or smartest to tackle next:

1. can't shift into first without putting it into 2nd or I get grinding noise.
2. wiper fluid spray hose is cracked and gone, needs replacing.
3. passenger door handle is impossibly hard to open from outside
4. opening doors doesnt activate overhead light anymore
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1. sounds like bad syncro on 1st gear.
2. replacing hose is easy
3. door handle needs adjusting from inside. will take and afternoon to fix.
4. if light works at all, must be a bad switch. if light does not work at all, which sounds more likely, if none of the doors activate light, could be bad bulb, bad fuse, bad wire, bad ground. might take a while to troubleshoot.
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bad synchro is really hard to replace, correct? its something you do when you are in there for new clutch?

the light works via the switch and used to work when the passenger side door was opened.

Some more issues to deal with:

5. oil pressure gauge reads 0 when off and between 0.5 and 1 when car is on. It has twice that I have seen shown a real reading. Is it the sender or the gauge? what do I do?

6. just today started blowing only hot air inside. Not the broken fan switch where it actually blows, just the temp adjust knob does not seem to let in cold air anymore, fan on = blowing hot air, fan off = trickle of hot air, regardless of temperature setting.
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bad syncro will need to be replaced along with a general transmission overhaul. pain in the arse. probably easier, and cheaper, to just replace the whole transmission.

i bet your switches are broken/corroded. take them out, examine/clean them.

5. i bet your oil pressure sender is bad, or the connection is bad. probably easy fix.

6. hot air only means that the lever or cable going from the slide is not attached or broken. you are going to have to get in there and see what is going on. a pain, but probably fixable in an afternoon. you may have to remove the center console and stereo. sounds worse than it is.
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oh yeah...

5. could be the gauge itself, but i doubt it.
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6. Broken heater clip.

http://www.tech-session.com/kb/index.php?page=index_v2&id=44&c=4
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yup it was broken heater clip... 1 down.
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#1 is likely a worn synchro. If you have the car in neutral at a complete stop. Push the clutch in and its still difficult to get into gear? I would say to double clutch into a gear with a worn synchro...but that would not really work at idle. As was mentioned, you can either buy a used tranny or rebuild your old one.

I have a similar problem with 2nd gear on my car. When shifting from 1st to 2nd i get a fair amount of resistance right before it would normally go into the gate. As the synchro catches it slides right in. Its a bit of a pain in the butt, but i have learned to live with it. If i double clutch into 2nd then i do not have the problem, as well as if i bring the revs up fairly high in 1st (say 4000+) shifting i do not get the issue either. Changing the tranny fluid to Redline synthetic helped a great deal as well.
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