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Old 09-20-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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Tranny fluid

Every year when it starts to get cold out my 2001 ZX3 S2 becomes very hard to shift. Sense this is my first manual transmission car I thought this was normal until I drove my friends 2002 ZX3 same engine and tranny as mine. His car shift’s much better than mine when it got cold out. I began to do a little research and the only difference I could find between the 2 cars (other than mileage 29000km on mine and 24000km on his) was that Ford started to use a different tranny fluid in 2002. Ford wants $35 per liter for this stuff, has anyone tried anything cheaper that works well in the cold. Thanks


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Old 09-20-2004, 01:12 PM   #2
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It could also be the linkage/cable lubrication is getting stiffer in the cold.
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Old 09-20-2004, 01:19 PM   #3
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I was thinking that too but his doesn't do that. I have also test driven some of the newer focus 03 and 04 last winter and they shifted pretty good as well. You could tell they were a little stiff (-25c) but not nearly as bad as mine.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:54 PM   #4
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Try putting some of that Red line raceing oil tranny fluid in it. I am going to get some soon and herd that it smoothes out the shifting. I can not rembber the number of it. I think D4 or DH4 or somthing like that.
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$35 per liter? What's it got, gold in it?

I take it you've tried some of the online discount parts warehouses...

I personally would look at all of the possible variables, starting with the shift turret, cables and associated links, as well as the fluid change.
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:04 PM   #6
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guys, adding on to what hes asking. can you lubricate the cables or something to make the car shift easier. i want mine to glide into gears...
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I do not think you can glide into gears with a cable shift. I always herd that the shifts will be some what harsh becuse of the cables. I have felt a noticible diffrence between the two(Cable shift and rod shift like on some hondas). I think that the Redline stuff is really worth it. Besides you get what you pay for when it comes to car stuff.
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