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Yes, it allows the flywheel to run at engine speed while the clutch disengages. It keeps the transmission and engine crankshaft matched/aligned.


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"Does the input shaft always rest inside it, whether the clutch is engaged or disengaged?" Yes All it does is support the end of the transmission input shaft.


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One classic error is to put the clutch centre plate in the wrong way round. One face is marked with "flywheel side" or similar. Difficult to check though...


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Because you can select all other gears smoothly when the engine is running means that the clutch is operating correctly, and the other gears' synchronizers are also OK. The problem is therefore either within the gearbox (e.g., worn 1st gear synchronizer), or somewhere in the gear-selection mechanism. The gear-selection linkage, of course, has parts both ...


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It sounds like the syncroizers for that gear may be failing. "Sycros" spin faster than the previous gear to provide a clean shift into the next gear. Performance cars and Tractor Trailer Trucks do not have syncros so instead the drivers must Rev their engine up slightly higher, to prepare the next gear. For instance: If you're shifting into first ...


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