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Old 10-31-2007, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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?? tranmission problems ??

so i'll get straight to the point. 1st gear =fine. 2nd gear = fine. 3rd is kinda hard to get into and some times grinds with the clutch in when downshifting... so... help...
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not very good with tranny problems but, maybe it's your synchros starting to go bad.
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i thought of that as well. i'm just worried i'll get locked out of 3rd some day. do you know if there is a definite to test the synchro short of dropping the tranny...?
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You may just need to change some of the shifter linkage bushings. I would try that first -- about a $85 job in terms of parts if you get a new one of everything and 30 minutes (maybe a little more since it would be your first time) working under the car. Worth doing anyways.

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or just don't use 3rd lol
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my tranny did that for 1st and 3rd and I drove it around ok
o BTW sugest when you do the bushings get a short shifter big help!
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get a short shifter big help!
i already have mz3 shifter. works great.
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also it seems it happens a lot more when, ie coasting down a hill and i push in the clutch and coast down a hill. when i need it in gear again, i push in the clutch and rev match into 3rd and it grinds. so... does that still sound like bushings or linkage or both...???
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i would say synchros
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it is the synchros and may be a bearing? i would suggest a rebuilt. know how you feel being without some gears
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Hmmm. Yeah. That last part makes me think maybe synchros (or bearings ). It may be time for a rebuild.... Or just grind third for a while, since you will be rebuilding it anyway
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^ the Dr. speaks the truth if you decide on the rebuild just save up for awhile a get it done good
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when you say bearings are you guys referring to the pilot and throwout? cuz those are brand spanking new, as of 8,000 ago. so hopefully just the synchros.
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