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Old 12-30-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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Transmission noise

I have an 2004 svt focus, that I recently had in the shop for some service. When i went to pick the car back up my mechanic informed me that I have a pinion out in my transmission. he claims that if its not fixed soon that it would lock my whole transmission up, if it goes out completely. It makes a whinny noise and I'm concerned about it. Would be helpful if anyone has any insight on the issue.


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I have an 2004 svt focus, that I recently had in the shop for some service. When i went to pick the car back up my mechanic informed me that I have a pinion out in my transmission. he claims that if its not fixed soon that it would lock my whole transmission up, if it goes out completely. It makes a whinny noise and I'm concerned about it. Would be helpful if anyone has any insight on the issue.
I'd imagine he's talking about the pinions in the differential carrier.... The only other pinion is the drive gear on your output shaft that drives the differential ring gear. If the noise is present at all times while moving forward or backward it is likely the "pinion" on the output. Otherwise if the noise is only while turning it's likely the pinions in the carrier.

Of course there is the possibility he doesn't exactly know what's wrong and guessing....
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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Thats what ill have looked at, I appreciate the help.
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could this be catastrophic if it goes out completly
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could this be catastrophic if it goes out completly
If there truly is an issue with either the drive pinion or carrier pinions - yes. Pretty much anything inside a manual trans is catastrophic. When a gear gets compromised it tends to gall up the gear that it interfaces....

What kind of noise is it making and when does it make the noise? Hot/Cold... Accel/Decel... Turning/Straight line... One gear/All gears.... clutch engaged/clutch disengaged
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It makes a grinding sound at all times. When i come to a light it gets a little quieter but forwards, backwards it always makes noise. Also do you have any clue on how much this would cost to get fixed?
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It makes a grinding sound at all times. When i come to a light it gets a little quieter but forwards, backwards it always makes noise. Also do you have any clue on how much this would cost to get fixed?
I don't have an accurate estimate. But, I can say with confidence that you are better off finding another gearbox. There wasn't much factory allowed service on this trans so Ford doesn't have a lot of parts for it. The parts they do have will be quite expensive....then you have to factor in labor.

When it's all said and done you are likely to find a remanufactured unit or a used unit and have it installed for the same or less as you would pay to have your current gearbox repaired. And you don't even know exactly what you need to fix it until someone removes it and disassembles it.

If I where you, I'd be looking for a whole "new" gearbox.
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I did clutch change with the LUK kit (a mechanic did it) and after picking up the car it makes whining noise in 1st and 2nd only when you accelerte. I didn't have this noise before the clutch work. I know the sound is NO GOOD but I passed 2k miles so far and I'll wait till it dies. What kind of oil did you put in? Did you do any seals? Maybe changed the half-shafts?
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Biziwen has it figured out. What you need is a hooker. She'll make you quit worrying about your car..........cause the burning sensation when you pee will consume all your concerning ability
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