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Old 09-09-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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HELP!!! PROBLEM SHIFTING INTO GEARS, synchros, cable, master cylinder?!?!?

This problem comes and goes. Sometimes I hop in and can shift as if the thing was brand new. No clutch or driveshaft mods What-so-ever.

Recently if I go into High RPMs (above 3500) I have trouble shifting into second -or- third or any gear for that matter.... When RPMS return to normal I can get it into gear fine but its a little rough. Not sure if this is my synchros, master cyclinder, throwout bearing, or cable?!?! I know my brake fluid resevior is low. Aside from that I'm clue-less. Just replaced the cluthc about 50K miles ago and for the MOST part I baby it. Any suggestions?!?!? Please help me figure this out....and also can someone clarify whether or not the brake fluid is also the master slave for the clutch?!?!? I've been getting mixed responses on other sites!


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your clutch still could have gone out a spring could have flown out of the clutch plate, that is what happened to me, i still had life left in mine, but went ahead and replaced it.
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I had the same problem with my 02 sonic blue. I'd be driving and go to shift, almost always into 2nd or 3rd and it was like the shifter hit a wall. No grinding like is just got stopped. Foun my problem was the tension on the shift cables. I adjusted them and it worked fine. You probably just need to tighten them. They are easily accessible from above the engine just under your intake. If you have a shorty or cai you can reach them with out removal other wise take out your air box. You will see the top of the tranny and the linkage. There will be two orange release clamps (one on each cable). Release the clamps and just up the cable from those you will see the adjusters. You just spin them to tighten or loosen them. Engage the orange clasps again and go back and check your shifter. You may have to go back and forth a few times to get it just right:). Also before you ge. Started you need to make sure the shifter stays in dead center neutral otherwise you may cause more problems. Ford used to have two yellow plastic pieces that would hold it steady but I am not sure they are readily available anymore. I have heard you could put it into first to steady it but I have never tried that. Hope this helps.
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Yes the clutch and brake resivor is the same for the clutch.

Usally having shifting issues at higher RPM's is the syncro's. But its not all gears. Deffinatly fill up the resivor and try bleeding your clutch.
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your clutch still could have gone out a spring could have flown out of the clutch plate, that is what happened to me, i still had life left in mine, but went ahead and replaced it.

+1 had the same problem (pressure plate) i replace the whole clutch just to be sure :P
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Thanks for all the input, I will try filling the resevior first, then I will adjust cable tension. It's so wierd that it is an intermittent issue, that's why I can't nail it down.

I'm hoping the Clutch Spring is the last resort and the fact that it works like a charm some days tells me the clutch itself is not to blame....

I will keep you all updated and a special thanks to Jlovingit for such a detailed solution, I'm hoping this works! CAI should make accessibility the easy part!!

Thanks guys!!!
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No problem, sorry for they typos I get going a little too fast on my iPhone sometimes:) Hope you get it fixed easily.
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