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Old 10-13-2004, 01:10 PM   #1
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Has anyone had the problem where the shifter doesn't quite get into the gear when you shift, becomes unmovable, and sounds like the gears are grinding and shifter is jerking around and then ejects the shifter into N?
(btw, the dealer checked the linkage and said it was ok)


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That can happen if you miss a shift, I have done that before. I would take it back to the dealer and tell them that something is definitely wrong. Only other thing I can think of is that your not shifting properly (not bashing you at all, but it's something that can happen if you let out the clutch to soon, etc).

Does it do this all the time? Seldom?
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You've got a problem if it's not you. Keep on the dealer.
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I used to do the same thing too. I have 5600 miles on my car know and have gottin a little more used to shifting. When it happened to me, it seemed to be when I needed it the most like during a race. I got in to much of a hurry and let the clutch out to soon or did not have the clutch pushed all the way down to its shift point. I never carried it back to the dealer to ask them about it, but have had no problems with it lately. But do not take my word for it completely. If you feel more comfortable doing so, take it back to the dealer.
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Old 10-13-2004, 05:35 PM   #5
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Well it happend only once... I wanted to downshift from 3rd to 2nd, but hit 4th instead... so without releasing the clutch I took it out of 4th and put it in 2nd, but it didn't quite go into 2nd and got stuck. The only thing you could do is release the clutch at which point the shifter started shaking and a grinding sound came from the transmission I guess. That went on for like 2 seconds and threw the shifter into N.
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Just heard about a TSB released recently that has to do with this, read below....

TSB 04-21-5

Difficulty Changing Gears - Unable To Engage Gears

2000-2005 Focus

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Some 2000-2005 Focus vehicles, equipped with manual transmissions, may exhibit difficulty in changing gears, or an inability to engage certain gears.

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Check for proper adjustment of gearshift cables and attachment of the cables to the bracket (located under the battery tray area). If the cable(s) are detached from the bracket, reattatch and lock in place per procedure in Workshop Manual Section 308-06. If the cable(s) are still attached, perform gearshift cable adjustment per procedure in Workshop Manual in Section 308-00. DO NOT replace the shift cable(s) unless there are signs of damage.

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Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage
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Old 10-13-2004, 07:55 PM   #7
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hmm i'll check with the dealer tommorow since I'm gonna have to leave it to change my headlights (they found water in them last time)
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