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Clutch won't engage...

I recently pulled the block from my 220D to rebuild the injection pump. After putting the engine assembly back in, I can't get the clutch to operate properly. Basically it would roll freely even when in gear if I were to let it. Needless to say I can't drive it like this, it just revs up and won't go anywhere. I tried bleeding the clutch but I'm not sure if that is really fixing anything. Any suggestions/encouragement? It was my first engine pull, and I think everything went back in smoothly, but this worries me. I don't want to pull it or the transmission back out if I don't have to.

ps: its the 4 speed standard.

Thanks a million!
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It sounds more like a shift linkage problem than a clutch problem. Look at the clevis rods on the lower part of the steering column and see if one of them was knocked loose putting the engine back in.
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On the steering column? I'm confused because the shift linkage doesn't run near the steering column. At any rate, I checked all linkage and saw nothing disconnected.

Thank you RW for the quick reply. Do you or anyone have any further suggestions? I know this is pretty basic mechanics, its my first time through this part though.

-Kev
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Sorry, I was under the impression it was a column shift.
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Ok so I took it to a shop because I was too frustrated to deal with it. I guess the throw out bearing wasn't set in correctly....? Does that make sense? Anyways, they did have to pull the trans and everything, but they felt the need to run the ticket up right to 1000 dollars with a new master and slave cylinder too. Any opinions on that? It was working fine before I pulled the engine, should that job have made those two go bad? I really dislike shops sometimes.
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