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    Default grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    i got a focus ZX3 from my brother because my le barons trany went out. and he bought it from a guy who said it was stuck in second gear. well we fixed that problem but now every time you shift it from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd there is a grinding of the gears. it sounds kind of like th clutch isnt letting go. yet when we bled the clutch there was no air. does anyone have any idea what might be causing this?

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    I am the brother. the car is a 2000 ZX3, MTX obviously. I installed a new shift tower (the upgraded/later style one so i still need to find a reverse switch connector) as well as a new shift cable end. so im thinking i may need to adjust the shift cables.
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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    thats a good idea on checking the cables, have fun trying to adjust them though. Thats one of the very few things I never want to do again on a focus
    I drive a stock-ish 05 gutted hatch. Occasionally bottle fed.

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    It can also be that the syncros are shot.

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    lets hope it not that bad
    I drive a stock-ish 05 gutted hatch. Occasionally bottle fed.

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    well we will check the cables first if that isnt it then me might have to check the syncros, which will suck. unless someone has another idea as to what it might be that is causing it

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    did a little experiment today and while stopped, if i push the clutch in and try to engage 2nd or 3rd to quickly it will grind a little but if i wait for just a couple seconds it wont. im thinking the clutch isnt disengaging all the way immediately for some reason. air in the line/bad master/bad slave perhaps. will have to do some more digging.
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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    theirs a easy way to check the clutch if it isn't disengaging. put it up on jacks and put it into gear then press the clutch. if the wheels start rolling, well you get the idea.
    I drive a stock-ish 05 gutted hatch. Occasionally bottle fed.

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    If you double clutch, does it grind? If not, it's probably the synchros. 3rd gear is notorious for going bad. Adjusting the linkage wouldn't hurt though:

    http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?...special%20tool
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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    I know all about the MTX75 as i used to drive Contours. between my old turbo 97 Zetec and my old 00 SVTC i had almost 400K miles on the 2 MTX75 transmissions and neither of them ever had any syncro problems. of course ive seen plenty that do in the Contour world as well.

    i plan on getting it up in the air tomorrow to check some other things out and will see about checking out the clutch as well as the cable alignment while its on jack stands.

    Edit: when i installed the new cable end i set it just like that link says.
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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    well, while sitting still with the engine running, if i push the clutch in and immediately try to go into 2nd it grinds, but if i wait for just a second or 2 it slides in without making noise. so, the syncros are shot which is why it doesnt grind after letting the input shaft spin down after disengaging the clutch.

    time to find a trans.
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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    we pulled the trans and looked at the synchros and both the 2nd and 3rd gear synchros are shot

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    hmmm well look around there is always someone parting a fofo on louisville craigslist

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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    we ordered a rebuild kit with syncros and i will be rebuilding it myself.
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    Default Re: grinding on 2nd and 3rd gears

    the car is done and running pretty good. not going to drive very far with it for the next few days


 

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