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Old 12-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #11
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By gripper I'm talking the adjustment on the transmission side, the cable ends. It''s sort of a grid pattern on the plastic ends.
Take the up/down cable and pull it out 1 gripper to lengthen the up motion. That should help the 3rd/5th issue.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:35 PM   #12
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Huh. I shall check that out-- when I have time. I thought you adjusted the cables by turning the clamp. I drove today- 2nd to 4th, which is ok, but I lack acceleration getting on the highway. I actually wound out the car to the limiter in 2nd today- oops. Typically I shift at 6k even if I'm getting on it.

I'm going to break out the book tonight. Follow directions? Nah.... never.
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WOW.... reading directions really helps. I'm going to have to add this to the How-To if it works. The most important thing is that I've finally found out what that red thing was that was in my glove compartment when I purchased the car!!



That, my friends, is the tool that you use to adjust your shift cables. I am proud of myself that I didn't throw it away for the past 7 years. I bet there are other FF's out there wondering what that thing is too. It locks the shifter in center so you can adjust the cables. The procedure is fairly simple, and I've been doing it all wrong all along. This weekend I'll adjust it correctly, and add that to my How-To.

Y'all will have to forgive me for being a bit lazy. I stayed up till 2 am Fri after getting up at 4am, got up at 5am Sat, went to bed at 10pm Sat, up at 6am Sun, and didn't get to bed until 10 pm after working on the car all day. Then I went to work at 4am again today. I'm totally beat. I feel like I'm in a fog all day long. Tomorrow it will rain, but if it isn't raining after work- I'll see if I can do it then. Otherwise it's 2nd to 4th until Sat.
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:07 PM   #14
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I believe I am having a very similar issue. My 2nd and 4th gear synchro are going bad I think, grinds instead of shifts at higher rpms. Low rpm driving is fine and have to rev match every time. Lets say I go through 1st fast shift into second at 3500 plus rpms, all grinding. Same for 3rd to 4th. 1,3, and 5 are perfectly fine. This first happened while engine braking too intensely. 90mph then downshifted into 4th, tachometer red lined. Then 2nd and 4th immediately had issues shifting. Already adjusted cables, it helped a little but did not fix the issue. Next step is to flush the trans with better fluid. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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