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Hello,

The car : 2001 Ford Focus Wagon with Ztech 5 speed manual.

The problem : When the car is cold (temp here is -15 Celcius), for the first 10 minutes, the 1st gear and 2nd gear shift very hard, like if they don't want to engage in the gear. Why?

I have the clutch on floor all the way, and it is only with the 1st and 2nd gear. Are the gear soaked in transmission fluid, and with cold fluid oil, it is thicker and prevent the 1st and 2nd gear from moving freely? But why the oher gears are not hard to shift?

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mines the same its just cold tranny oil. i had a mercury capri rs when i lived in edmonton, try to shift a manual transmission at -50c, damn near had to use both hands.
 

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Its sort of a known problem of hard shifting when cold. Alot of us have switched tranny fluid to synthetic and that seems to help alot in some cases. I had to readjust my shift cables one day. Of course thats after a tranny swapp with new cables and such.


Hey DGX3 nice car there I love the color lol
 
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