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Old 09-13-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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4th gear grind

I've had my Focus for about 6 months and recently I'm having a hard time getting it into 4th gear. I really have to put some force into going from 3rd to 4th. It's like there are two positions for 4th. One part way up where it feels like it is in gear (not in gear and when it grinds) and one about 1/2" farther down where it really is in gear.

It's only 4th that it is hard to get into, all the other gears are smooth.

Is anyone else having this issue? The car has 7k miles on it and I have been driving standards for years and am not hard on the car at all. Im afraid to take it to the dealer only to have them tell me that it is a driver issue and not under warrantee.


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Old 09-13-2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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I've had my Focus for about 6 months and recently I'm having a hard time getting it into 4th gear. I really have to put some force into going from 3rd to 4th. It's like there are two positions for 4th. One part way up where it feels like it is in gear (not in gear and when it grinds) and one about 1/2" farther down where it really is in gear.

It's only 4th that it is hard to get into, all the other gears are smooth.

Is anyone else having this issue? The car has 7k miles on it and I have been driving standards for years and am not hard on the car at all. Im afraid to take it to the dealer only to have them tell me that it is a driver issue and not under warrantee.
Some one else had syncro issues on another gear and had to have the parts replaced and the transmission repaired under warranty, I think it was first or third gear however.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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The cables which attach to the shift levers on the transmission case ( which move the transmission gears) may be loose, or have moved. and need adjustment. (or one of the cables stretched)
NOT taking it in and it is an adjustment, and then because you did not take it in...
you really do damage the gears..
Not a great idea.
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Well it looks like ill be making an appointment tomorrow.

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I've had my Focus for about 6 months and recently I'm having a hard time getting it into 4th gear. I really have to put some force into going from 3rd to 4th. It's like there are two positions for 4th...
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Well it looks like ill be making an appointment tomorrow.

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Going to the dealer is a great first step. Additionally, I'd like to escalate you to your region's Customer Service Manager. Shoot me a PM with your VIN, preferred servicing dealer, and a good daytime phone number for you. Give me a heads up as things progress and keep me informed.


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Some one else had syncro issues on another gear and had to have the parts replaced and the transmission repaired under warranty, I think it was first or third gear however.
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The cables which attach to the shift levers on the transmission case ( which move the transmission gears) may be loose, or have moved. and need adjustment. (or one of the cables stretched)
NOT taking it in and it is an adjustment, and then because you did not take it in...
you really do damage the gears..
Not a great idea.
Thanks for chiming in with the info, folks!

Have an awesome weekend!
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Going to the dealer is a great first step. Additionally, I'd like to escalate you to your region's Customer Service Manager. Shoot me a PM with your VIN, preferred servicing dealer, and a good daytime phone number for you. Give me a heads up as things progress and keep me informed.
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Crystal,
I went to the dealer this morning and got things taken care of. They adjusted the shifter linkage and all is well. Thanks for everyones help!
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I went to the dealer this morning and got things taken care of. They adjusted the shifter linkage and all is well. Thanks for everyones help!
What awesome news! Thanks for touching base.

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I went to the dealer this morning and got things taken care of. They adjusted the shifter linkage and all is well. Thanks for everyones help!
Yeah... Glad i wa able to help too.
I love my manual tranny Focus and would hate to have a fellow gearchanger have problems.
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So this is happening again. I pinpointed around the speed that it happens and its around 45-50 and it happens if you are getting on the gas hard and shifting somewhat quickly. Again, foot is all the way to the floor with the clutch.

Back to the dealer I go in the morning.
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sorry to hear this.

I wish I had spoken up earlier and stated that a shift linkage problem would more then likely affect more then one gear.
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