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So I've always had a little bit of notchiness in my manual gearbox... didn't concern me too much. But now, every time I go for 2nd or 3rd, it really clunks into the gear. I also get an audible chunk when you engage any gear at a normal rate (releasing the clutch normally). I have to drive it so smooth to not have it.

The other symptom is that above 50km/h (30mph) I start to hear a whine, coming from up front. If anyone's heard a supercharger whine, it sounds just like that. It is sensitive to vehicle speed, and goes up in pitch as I go faster, regardless of the gear I'm in. It tends to happen more when the car has been running for more than 30 minutes or so, although lately I've noticed it a lot more. I first noticed it in a pretty uphill type of drive.

Any ideas? I wonder if a flaw in the differential would cause both the whine and what feels like play when engaging gears with the clutch (including reverse), and even the way the shifter sort of crunches into gears. Or maybe the final drive ratio?

I really want to like this car, but this is kind of making it feel worse than driving a fairly old car... combine that with the rattles inside..

Thanks for any advice. I'm going to be taking it to the dealership, but wanted to see if anyone else had similar issues/symptoms, or any thoughts as to what it might be.
 

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So I've always had a little bit of notchiness in my manual gearbox... didn't concern me too much. But now, every time I go for 2nd or 3rd, it really clunks into the gear. I also get an audible chunk when you engage any gear at a normal rate (releasing the clutch normally). I have to drive it so smooth to not have it.

The other symptom is that above 50km/h (30mph) I start to hear a whine, coming from up front. If anyone's heard a supercharger whine, it sounds just like that. It is sensitive to vehicle speed, and goes up in pitch as I go faster, regardless of the gear I'm in. It tends to happen more when the car has been running for more than 30 minutes or so, although lately I've noticed it a lot more. I first noticed it in a pretty uphill type of drive.

Any ideas? I wonder if a flaw in the differential would cause both the whine and what feels like play when engaging gears with the clutch (including reverse), and even the way the shifter sort of crunches into gears. Or maybe the final drive ratio?

I really want to like this car, but this is kind of making it feel worse than driving a fairly old car... combine that with the rattles inside..

Thanks for any advice. I'm going to be taking it to the dealership, but wanted to see if anyone else had similar issues/symptoms, or any thoughts as to what it might be.
Probably the premier specialist with the MTX-75 box is Terry Haines of Haines Motor Sports (I think it is) in Michigan.

I will try to find out which website he often posts on.

I am pretty sure he would have an opinion.
 

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The Focus website that Terry Haines is on, is focaljet.com, and Terry's handle is KogboxKing. There is a specific section on Focaljet.com dealing with transaxles. It is called Shift It.

A very good resource.

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Terry is the guy who rebuilt my Contour SVT MTX75.
I personally would say bleed the clutch slave cylinder.

Some dealer may say the 'clutch has no adjustment'
bleeding the clutch is NOT an adjustment. it is bleeding the hydraulic line operating the clutch slave cylinder...

Check the manual transmission fluid level too.

Most likely reason for hard shifting is the clutch is not fully disengaged and the hydraulic line need bleeding.
 

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Hmm, the clutch does feel perfectly fine though. I'll just have to take it in and see what they say.. Hopefully it will go well.
 

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Hmm, the clutch does feel perfectly fine though. I'll just have to take it in and see what they say.. Hopefully it will go well.
Please update once you get an answer. Mine is doing the same thing when shifting. I've not noticed any whine though.
 
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