My 2002 Corolla's clutch was replaced today with the SACHS brand and when I attempt to shift into reverse, there is a grinding sound unless I push the shifter all the way (hard) to the right, then pull down.
Pushing the clutch pedal down for three seconds, shifter all the way to the right, just above where you pull down to engage reverse, helps a bit.
Is this normal behavior for a new clutch? Before the clutch was replaced, it wasn't really that difficult shifting into reverse. Just keep clutch pedal pushed in for a few seconds, just above reverse gear, then go into reverse. It was never this difficult.
Also, are gears engineered to be strong enough to sustain "expected" grinding from time to time?