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Old 04-14-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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MTX 75 Duratec Transmission Neutral Loose

Hello All! Been a while since I last posted up on this Forum!

I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem with my Shifter on my 2006 Focus SE.
The shifter seems pretty stiff from right to left in neutral but forward to back its seriously loose!
I first believed the issue was a loosen cable from the shifter to the trans, but after carefully checking that up, the issue seems to be internal to the transmission as the "Forward to back" arm on the trans has the same behavior between gears in neutral.

Anyone is familiar with this issue?

Here is a link to a video i've taken of the loose shifter http://youtu.be/xldm-8OoAqk

Thank you for your input!!


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Old 04-14-2012, 07:25 AM   #2
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I have had a MTX75 in my car for 14 years now (prior Contour SVT, and now 2012)
The side to side stiffness is built into the shifter at the floor console. The looseness front to back is pretty normal from what i remember of my SVT. My new 2012 is stiffer front to back, but I am certain it will get looser with age and wear.
The shifter from my SVT only stayed in position from the gear holding it, if the shifter was not all the way in gear, it was just floppy front to back as 'normal'.
So unless the shifter is not working.. no problem
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I'm on my phone so I'm not gonna watch the video, but if you mean loose in neutral like when its in legit neutral between 3rd and 4th, then a little play front and back is normal. That's how mine is too
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Thank you all, I guess there is nothing I can really do. It obvious though that it got worst with time, I remember it to be a lot more stiff when I first got the car in 2006. Anyway, it's not worth the hassle to change the whole tranny, it still works! I'll just flush the tranny fluid and enjoy the smoothness between gears!

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I had this same problem with my '05 and found a roll pin sheered in the shift mechanism inside the transmission....I was able to repair mine by putting a new pin in the linkage but you have to remove the trans from the car in order to remove the top shifter plate that houses the shifter mechanism.
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I'm glad to hear that replacing the pin solved it! I was about to start this but I wasn't a 100% sure it would adress the issue! Also, I am not sure where I could buy this pin..I think its a 6 x 30mm coiled spring pin but not sure where to buy! Do you have spares by any chance?

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I spent about 4-5 hours on the Car today. Indeed, the pin was sheered...a few more driving and i could have remained in a gear!

I didn't have a pin so i used a screw with a slightly bigger size that I punched right into the hole...Man... it's like driving a new car now, so stiff, so amazing!!

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