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Old 11-19-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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05 focus hard to get into gear while cold

It seems that for the most part with a fresh engine start, it is hard if not impossible to put the car in reverse or first gear right away. I do remember being able to put the car in third - fifth and then reverse or first. This trick is loosing its power. Best bet is to let it roll down my driveway just a bit and put it into gear. I have so far been succefully at getting it into gear somehow. But to just go straight into first or reverse is generally a problem.

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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i sometimes have to cycle gears to get it in first or reverse. dunno what the problem is but cycling has always fixed it for me
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ive had the same problem for a couple of years. a change of gear oil did nothing.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
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I have this on my 01.

My first car (Fiero) used to do this, and my dad always say cycling gears slowed the syncros down or something...
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This must be one of those amazing focus issues such as eating tires. I cannot keep a set of tires on my car much beyond 30K. Sometimes only 18K...
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My old car. A 5 speed sunfire had similar issues. Like a couple others have said cycling gears seem to work magic. It became second nature to cycle when I started it. I catch myself doing it sometimes still. I have no idea why this helped. I had an issue getting to go back to first after shifting up though.

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:19 PM   #7
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Cycling just works. Now if you're having problems shifting, then the car isn't going into gear, then it might be the shift tower that is the problem. What oil did you use? If you used some off the shelf synthetic transmission fluid, then that is what made my MTX75 difficult to get into gear cold. The Ford fluid never did that.

As far as your eating tires problem goes: is the car lowered? Nobody with a stock suspension has issues with tires- if the struts and shocks were replaced when needed.
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No, I'm not lowered. I had posted for help a few years ago for eating tires and it seemed alot of people had this same issue. I have replaced my struts and shocks and had the same problem. Someone had provided me with some special toe parameters but the tire installers wouldn't do it. I seem to remember that the idea was the ford? had released a wrong paramater?

I'm glad to hear that you do not know of this issue? Again, I used this forum in the past and had all kinds replies for this... So, this is promising.. I am now curious what is wrong with my car that I cannot keep a set of tires?

I am rotating every 10K, I always get a 4 wheel alignment every new set of tires and a set of tires ago received new struts and shocks. I have tried many different manufactures from cheap to expensive. I even left my tires in a non rotated position so that I could see what was going on. it seems the damage is coming from the rear. Also, I have tried multiple installers too.
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Cycling just works. Now if you're having problems shifting, then the car isn't going into gear, then it might be the shift tower that is the problem. What oil did you use? If you used some off the shelf synthetic transmission fluid, then that is what made my MTX75 difficult to get into gear cold. The Ford fluid never did that.

As far as your eating tires problem goes: is the car lowered? Nobody with a stock suspension has issues with tires- if the struts and shocks were replaced when needed.

i had problems with my focus eating tires when it was on good stock suspension , a brand new set of 50k tires only lasted 10k.
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Try Firestone. My guys there will set my suspension how I want it and give me a print-out. You can also get a lifetime alignment for about $40 more than a single alignment, but lifetime balancing and rotation is only for the set of tires- and those don't have to be purchased or installed at Firestone.

Wagons have problems from the factory with camber that wears out the inside of the tires. How are your tires wearing out? Which side is affected- inside or outside- or both? Mileage?

On wagons, the suspension problem is repaired by installing adjustable upper arms or camber adjustment bolts, after installing that, I have no more tire wear issues. My tire wear was not as bad as what you 2 are reporting though.
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