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Old 10-30-2007, 02:22 AM   #1
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Soft gears, im dreading the diagnosis!

Hey guys, just needing some help with my clutch i believe it is. My Reverse, 1st, 3rd, and 5th gears are really soft, like it doesn't "click" into gear, almost like it isn't going in all the way. Then when i pull it out of those gears, it makes a kind of chirping noise and i can feel it in the pedal when it does it. 2,4, and 6 are find, but the others are almost scary. I recently took out the sound system which reduced about 200 lbs give or take and i also had an extra battery in the back that was removed. At that time i also replaced my battery. Thats when it started. It also turns over very slowy on startup but it has started fine so far even after sitting all day or night...

I really need some help with this, im a student going to UTI, an automotive school none the less but i haven't hit the manual trans class yet so any and all input would be appreciated. Thanks to all in advance...

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Old 10-30-2007, 09:39 AM   #2
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I would have to say check the shift linkage. It may be coming loose.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:51 AM   #3
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^^^That does seem like a symptom of the linkage. Not a hard fix, but a crappy one if you don't take of it quick.
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:51 PM   #4
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Where at exactly, under-car, right under the shifter, at the tranny....just not sure exactly where at? That was my first thought but wouldnt all of the gears be soft? If not, can anyone explain to me why? Im hungry to learn haha...

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From FF member COSDEVSVT:
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Adjusting the linkage is easy:
1. Put the shifter in neutral
2. Carefully pop/pry up the orange lock on the back of the cable end
3. Wiggle the shifter around trying to find the best center position - don't shift into a gear
4. Push in the orange lock on the back of the cable end
Take it out for a test drive and see how all the gear gates feel.
Adjust if necessary again (likely won't need to).
Sometimes the cable housings come out of the body attachment clips (under the heat shielding in the 'tunnel') and can flop around a bit ... requiring a cable adjustment.
Some early-build SVTs had the MTX-style cable ends (as shown in the Focushacks article).
Newer builds have a cable end where the lock pops out instead of in (as shown in my earlier posted pic).
And, here's his other post with a pic:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...9&#post1101019
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:23 PM   #6
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so only the gears on the top....could the shifter itself be off somehow
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^^^Good point!
I was trying to find some sort of "connection" between the suspect gears.
The obvious, was that they were all on the same layshaft, but that's not the case according to the tech specs.
1,2,5,6 share one, while 3,4,R share another.

You might be on to something about the shifter itself.
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Wow, thanks guys for the help...The gears are still soft, before it was making a cherp noise pulling out of the top gears. I took out the optima battery, replaced the stock one, and the cherp is gone. Still KIND of soft but no cherp and not quite as scary. I know the battery has NOTHING to do with the tranny but it helped a bit....Keep it up guys im willing to try anything

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Stoog did you ever find out what the problem was? I am having similar problems... The "throw" when I shift up to 1st, 3rd, and 5th is very small and barely feels like the gears are popping in... and I cannot get into reverse :/ Gears number 2,4, and 6 are fine though... I'm confused :/
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Shift cable/shifter problem is quite likely for your issue.

Remember that the trans. shifts by two cables, one is operated by the lever moving front to back & the other by the side to side movement.

Now imagine the cable got loose/slipped a bit/lever had an issue and that first cable pulls WAY back just fine (farther than it needs to) but can barely push forward enough to engage a gear.

Got the picture?

Now you just have to dig in a find what changed on your linkage to cause the problem.

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