When pulling out in first gear my Chevy S-10 jerks really hard and makes a grinding sound until I completely release the clutch. Is it my transmission going out or something to do with my clutch?

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Does it do the same type thing when shifting between the other gears (up shifting or down shifting)? I doubt it's your transmission if it doesn't make the noise when the clutch is fully engaged. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 18 '18 at 13:23

I would guess your clutch release bearing is starting to fail. Get it checked and fixed if necessary before it causes any collateral damage. If it has enough play in it, it can wreck the gearbox driveshaft which can be expensive - i.e you have to recondition or replace the gearbox.

A simple diagnostic test: listen for noises when you press and release the clutch, with the car stationary, the gear lever in neutral, and the engine idling. Any sort of noise (squeaks, rattles, grinding noises, or whatever) means there is a problem somewhere.

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