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Old 12-09-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
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Manual Shifting Problems

I have a 01 ford focus ZX3 manual transmission and lately i have been having problems with the shifter popping out and sliding forward and backwards loosely. This has happened to me quite a while ago, and i found out that if i pull off the leather cover and reach straight down from the shifter knob there is what seems to be a metal ball at the end of the rod. From there i can push the end of that rod sideways into what feels to be a plastic circle that slides the transmission into the appropriate gear. Well seeing as this is happening more and more out of the blue, i feel as i should fix this before it becomes more of a problem.
I have read a few threads here about this happening to other people, however, it seems like that they have encountered other problems due to different ways to make it temporarily work. If I am not clear enough i can take pictures and/or draw out anything that isnt clear enough.

Thanks, Ryan

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