Fix Durashift Gearbox Problem Easy.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:41 PM
Great tip, saved a fortune.Many thanks.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:49 AM
I have a ford fiesta 1.4 durashift (ESP) petrol 2004.
Since servicing the car at dealer the car has began to shudder and stall on morning start up and stalling altogether. The dealer had serviced the car changing the engine and brake fluid oil and provided a check up.
However, yesterday the car stalled with a loud thump noise when I was reversing. It would not drive forwards either. When put in reverse it makes a loud grinding noise as if the it's not in the right gear repeatedly.
Occasionally the transmission light comes up and then disappears. As dealer engineers are closed I called a local mechanic and they investigated and found a low level of brake/transmission fluid level, but to my horror a leak from a pipe, which they said should have been picked up by EAG.
Any idea's what kind of damage has caused to the car and what checks I can do. Obviously with the leak I am not going to drive it, basically the car doesn't move.
I appreciate all the help as I am new to Ford.
Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:54 AM
My wife's got a 2003 Fiesta 1.4 with Durashift box. Since I have stopped using my bike this has been my only vehicle for doing my 60 mile a day commute so is important to me. We have always had a few issues with this particulat gearbox since we bought it second hand in 2007, missing gears, hesitation in selecting gears and an annoying judder when pulling away.
Well, 2 weeks ago things got worse. Pulling up at junctions still in 5th gear, taking ages to fing neutral, real long hesitation between 2nd and 3rd gear and juddering worse than ever. I spoke to a mechanic friend of mine who suggested undoing the electrical plugs and cleaning them out with WD-40, I was sceptical because it definitely sounded mechanical. I could not believe it,... it worked, well for about 200 miles until on Wednesday morning, the coldest day of the year at 6 am going to work. I pulled out from the bottom of my road, went from 1st to 2nd no problem, 2nd to 3rd NO WAY! Pulled over and that was that, no gears, no neutral, no engine, would even turn over. I ended up having to be towed home and spent the day researching.
Then I came across this forum and it started to make sense and so using Lasse1955's post me and my mate Wilsky (mainly Wilsky) tackled the problem.
Now I am in no way a mechanic but I have to say that this was easy. It took us in total about 2 hours including tea breaks and popping in to watch the football.
On my car the larger of the 2 spindles were absolutely jammed solid and took a bit of work freeing it up. Once it was out we got some 15mm copper tube and attatched some fine sandpaper to it and went about boring out the cyclinder until the spinlde moved freely up and down. Put it all back together and took it for a spin. I am not exagerating when I say that it drives better than when we bought it and the judder has gone aswell, for now anyway.
So sorry for the essay but I felt I needed to share and say a big thanks to Lasse1955, there are more than a few beers waiting here for you mate. Greetings from UK.
If anyone wants more info on how to do this then just ask. I'll be more than happy to help. I should have taken more photos I know.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:42 AM
i took the starter relay out and bypassed it got the car started but no gears so hhopefully this fix will do it cant try till weekend but just wanted to know
is all the work done over the bonnet or from underneath also what else has to be dismantled to get at the motors
Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:15 AM
It really makes a boost to my life to read the stories you write, and collect the happiness within. I sure am glad my thread being helpful.
I also feel good about the fact that many of you added some tip and make some better explanations than me. I just wish I had taken more photos.
Most of the work, to remove the actuator from the car, is done from underneath.
If I remember right, a bolt (or two) that fastens the actuator by the gear box is better released over the bonnet ( but I really don’t remember exactly, as it is two years since I did this, but you sure find it out when you start working).
Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:49 AM
Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:44 PM
hi...have done everything as above,car worked for about 2miles as soon as i pulled in to drive-way engine cut out ..and will not start or show which gear car is in as nothing shows on dash..any help would be great ...tks
Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:15 AM
ok need some advice i took the gesr shift actuator out there it moves freely.....seems to be fine. I put it back in and all was still the same. i noticed that the thing that was stopping the gears selecting is actually the little gear selector arm that clips into the plastic ball joint of the actuator rod. I disconnected the ball joint and the whole actuator mechanism seems to actually work it moves up and down as it should looking for the gears.
Could this be the clutch or gears that are the problem rather than the actuators.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:08 PM
Re. initial post by lasse1955 and actuator rack sticking
Yesterday my daughters car broke down 180 miles from home with three of us in it. The RAC came out and bless the chap, he spent 2 hours trying to repair it. The problem was that it would jam out of gear so not able to start. In the end the car was recovered to my home and they gave us a new VW to use as we have onward travel cover (Fantastic cover from RAC and only £55 cover for two people using Tesco Club and points).
Car was returned to our home this morning and the same thing that you reported was wrong. Took 1 1/4 hours to remove it, repair and refit as you post says... A very easy job... I removed the headlight (three screws and a connector) and access was great. Didn't even need to jack the car up.
Thank you so much for your post... Saved me a heap...
Posted 16 June 2013 - 09:16 AM
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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:39 AM
I have read with interest and like you said What have i got to lose so i am going to have a go at it this weekend.Just one thing and i hope i don't sound stupid.Did you grease or oil the slider when you reassembled the unit.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 04:43 PM
I'm a belgian owner of a 2004 ford fusion + with a durashift transmission, as the car has some simular problems regarding to not wanting to shift in gear and gear position indicator is going blank, i've been reading about the fixes over here.
I've taken out the gear shift actuators as these can cause problems but the are not stuck, the plastic bushing was clean and the axle moved freely within.
then i have opened op the electric motors to see if there was any problems, but the only thing i've found was dust from the brushes, witch i've cleaned out using compressed air.
There is indeed a smal electronic board in it, also covered in dust.
But this did not fixed the problem.
At the same time i have opened up the complete wiring loom, checked it visualy and measured it out, but no corrosion or faults found.
After these fixes i've put al the pieces back into the car and tried it out, no luck.
Then i've taken out the clutch actuator, witch was not an easy task, and opened up the electric motor. the motor was covered in dust the carbon brushes, and after inspecting the rotor, i saw that the brushes are complete gone on one side, and not touching the rotor anymore.
Does anyone know if there are replacement sets for these brushes for sale somewhere? Or does anybody knows where i can get this fixed? As i'm not sure that the rebuilders that you can find on the www are rebuilding the motors too, it seems that these are electronic repair techs.
Sorry for my bad english, as it is not my native language.
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