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Old 03-30-2009, 10:00 PM   #1
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Won't go into 1st gear!

My 2003 svt ford focus wont go into 1st gear. i can put it in and other gear including reverse. can anybody tell me i wont have to drop the transmission to fix this :/


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Old 03-31-2009, 02:53 AM   #2
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Im not sure how to replace them but it sounds like it may be the synchros but thats just wishfull thinking and the cheapest thing first it could be the gear itself in the tranny
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Try adjusting your shifter cables. They might have just come loose.
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Will it go through the gate and just spin or wont even go through the gate? If it goes through but does nothing then yes its is most likely the syncro. If it doesn't go in then yes it could be your cables.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:05 AM   #5
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okay i have 1st gear now!! but now it wont go into 2nd. also iowasvt, it wont go in to it at all, like a wall or something
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its ur shifter cables!
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^^^Affirmative.
See here:
"How To" Getrag Shift Linkage-Adjustment
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awesome im about to adjust it now
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still wont go in to 1st
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Could have been a compounding problem :( Possibly cable was out of adjust and you may have worn out clutch, worn out cable, bad syncros etc..
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