rookieshooter: I don't think it's the transmission itself. First of all, even if something froze up inside the transmission, there is no reason why the truck would start driving when it is started in gear AND THE CLUTCH PEDAL IS PUSHED IN. The problem HAS to be in the clutch somewhere, because if the clutch properly disengaged when the pedal is pushed, then nothing should be going to the transmission to begin with, frozen or not.
Second, the engine runs fine when the trans is in neutral and the clutch pedal is not pressed.
biggs92EB: i took off the PP and the clutch disc. However, I was in a rush to get to work this afternoon, so I didn't give it a good analysis just yet. I will tell you I was suprised to see that the clutch disc looked completely fine. Even if the clutch disc was WORN, I would be having absolutely opposite problems than I have now (NOT getting power to the wheels).
The pressure plate also looked fine and had a smooth surface, as did the flywheel. However, I didn't analyze the springs, but all the "fingers" were there and there was nothing broken off.
I also did not fully analyze the "throwout bearing". This term I'm using for the rotating bearing that is on the tip of the slave cylinder (and comes with the slave cylinder as a part).
But I'm so confused, because I looked through the hole in the bellhousing before I removed the tranny and had my gf push the clutch pedal. What I saw was the slave cylinder properly expanding, and pushing in the fingers of the PP.
So I guess some questions would be:
1. Was the slave cylinder expanding ENOUGH? I'm not experienced enough to answer this from what I saw through the bellhousing, but I would say it looked like enough. Plus I don't see any problem (leak) in the hydraulic system.
2. Was the PP's surface retracting when its spring fingers were being pushed in? I wouldn't see why not, but I guess I could explore this more tonight.
3. If the PP's clutch surface retracted from the back side of the clutch plate, then the clutch must have been stuck to the flywheel on its own. But the clutch plate just dropped right out as soon as I unbolted the PP.
4. Was the pilot bearing in the flywheel stuck on the trans input shaft? This is the only possible thing I could imagine went wrong. I didn't get a chance to inspect the pilot bearing, but the input shaft had no problem sliding out from the pilot bearing.
Could it be that I was having all these problems soon after I heated the clutch up, and everything broke free after a week of cooling down?
Maybe, but since I don't have my parking brake hooked up, I parked the truck in gear and while towing, and I was having trouble shifting out of that gear even when pushing in the clutch, which means the engine was putting resistance on the gears.
I'm really confused.