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Old 07-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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My luck with cars is terrible :/

I swear. This is the third time my st has been in the shop this summer. I brought it in late last week because I couldn't get it to go into gear 50 percent of the time and it got to the point where it wouldn't go in to 5th at all at any speed. They called me up and said that the shift cables were all messed up and needed to be replaced. Then they said that they needed a "special tool" from ford to get the cables back in. Today they told me that they can't get the cables fixed in there right and that the stuff won't align with the transmission for some reason so they are gonna have to tear it open and see what's wrong. So it could be anything from a bad bearing to me needing a whole new transmission. :(

I can see why people are tempted to buy a brand new car just to not have the hassle of the piece of crap breaking on them for about 5 years. efff.


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Old 07-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Ummm sounds to me like they are giving you the run around. Take it to another shop before you fork out all of that money. Shift cables are not that difficult to install. I have never heard of not being able to get the shift cables aligned meaning to tear apart the transmission. That's just my .02
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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id be skeptical if I were you. ripping a trans apart is big money for them, lots of labor hours...
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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I changed them yesterday on mine. No special tools required thay are fooling you.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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i agree with checking with a new shop:) i find it fishy that they don't know whats wrong with it without tearing it apart. i've know numerous people (mostly SAE certified) that could diagnose a problem without ripping anything apart! i think its just a way to get that much extra cash out of you. i would imagine they tear it apart, bill you for a couple hundred bucks (because it was just so complicated!) and then turn around and tell you that you need a whole new trans anyways! but be weary when they tell you they can find a new one also. they might just try to sell you yours back:( i went to rad-air (don't know if you have any by you) when i couldn't get it into reverse. they told me it was shot and needed to be replaced and it would cost around $2200! i didn't have the money so i rolled it back out of the spot and went home. a "friend" came and looked at it and said it seemed shot and gave us $50 for the car. came back the next day messed with it for a couple of minutes and backed it out and drove it away! he still drives it to this day and that was about 3 or 4 years ago:(
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GO GET YOUR CAR! Don't let them go further. It's a simple job, should take 2 hours or less.
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Get your car and never look back. Shift cables are not that difficult. That shop is trying to steal your money.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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i guess the real problem here is that I don't know if there is anything ELSE wrong with the transmission. It might not just be the stupid cables. They told me last week that until they could get the cables in and be able to shift it properly they wouldn't know if there was anything else wrong inside the trans. I know NOTHING about transmissions. I personally hate them and wish they'd become obsolete and be replaced with electric motors in the wheels. They are too complicated. That aside... It is a local shop. They've done pretty good work in the past and I always try to give people the benefit of a doubt. (probably shouldn't). I'm more afraid of them being stupid than being crooked. The guy on the phone kept saying something about some tsb with the cables and that the trans won't align properly with the shifter (I think) and that it could be anything from a blown bearing to something worse.

I'm realistic too. They could be trying to screw me. Problem is I don't know what's wrong with the car and I can't diagnose it myself. I also don't have any tools here with me to try and fix anything myself.
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No way. There is a shift mechanism inside the transmission that can go bad, but usually it won't allow you to go into any gears. A misaligned cable might not allow 5th, but I'd think you'd have just as much trouble with 1st and 2nd in that case.

If the shift mechanism inside the transmission was messed up, then the car usually sticks in whatever gear it was in when the spring pin breaks. I had to repair mine back in April. It took 3 hours, and counting the time I lost at work, it cost me $500. The part to fix it was like $3. My labor, of course. I still need to take it apart again and try to find something better than the bolt that's in place of the pin now.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:28 PM   #10
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well see yea, i was having a harder time with first and second as well. Man I WISH I knew what i was doing.
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