2004 Hyundai Accent Shifting Problem

My 2004 Hyundai Accent has recently developed a problem. It has become difficult to shift in to 1st gear, 2nd gear, and reverse and the gears often grind when I do. What is causing this problem? Any help and/or insight would be appreciated! Thanks!

Sounds like you’re due for a clutch adjustment. Perhaps even a new clutch. It’s possible that you’ve leaked fluid from the hydraulics, probably out the master or slave cylinder seal, but it sounds like you simply need a clutch. It doesn’t sound like the clutch is releasing properly.

What happens is that as the clutch wears it takes more and more movement of the release bearing to push the pressure plate levers in and release the clutch, because the clutch has grown ever-thinner and the pressure plate ever-closer to the flywheel as the friction pads wore off the clutch plate. It gets to the point that that spot in the pedal travel wherein the release happens has moved beyond the range of the clutch pedal.