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shabazmo

Reverse Gear Crunch

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My Mk7 fiesta has a fault whereby the reverse gear sometimes crunches when engaging. I have read this a few times old posts and thought it was something I have to live with. Recently it seems to have got a bit worse. What I would like to know is if there is a fix for this problem or do I just have to live with it. It would be good to know before the waranty runs out.

Thanks

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Live with it. There are no synchros.

To make it better put the car in first, then reverse

Or clutch in twice.

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Press the clutch twice, problem solved.

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Mine slips out so often, is this the same problem or something I should go back to Ford with? It's so annoying, especially on hills...

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Mine slips out so often, is this the same problem or something I should go back to Ford with? It's so annoying, especially on hills...

Mine slips out sometimes if I haven't put the clutch in twice, more often than that it just grind the gears.

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Most of the time i get the crunch when engaging reverse used to get a noise when it wasn't fully engaged as well. I've had it in with ford and they said they re-oiled the gear box but it still did it. Might try first gear then reverse though.

It's just one of those things that you have to live with.

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My mk6 does this sometimes when going into reverse and it mostly happens when i have passengers in my car or people are walking by. Just to embarrass me that little bit more! Unfortunately i've just had to live with it too.

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Hi Just booked my 1.6 TDCI in for 3 days comes out of reverse on my drive (forward slope)when I get out to lock garage not all the time.

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the fact there is no synchromesh in reverse isn't a fault - its a facet of most manual gearboxes, because in order to reverse, two mismatched gears need to be connected using an idler, and by definition this cannot be synchromeshed because the two outer gears are mismatching.

im still not sure why would you want to select reverse without being in neutral first anyway?

as for popping out of gear - that is a fault, and warrantyable

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Hi went to pick up car today nothing wrong with it sir we cannot make it jump out of gear.but at least if it gets any worse they know about it.

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Hi went to pick up car today nothing wrong with it sir we cannot make it jump out of gear.but at least if it gets any worse they know about it.

Are you pressing the clutch twice before engaging reverse?

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Hi Pumpkin Steve no is the answer will give it a go but the car is ok on the flat will try to get into the habit.(But I just jump in and drive).

Thanks for the help.

Dave

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Hi Folks

It Is Perfectly Normal. There is no Syncromesh on Reverse.

Good Drivers Push the clutch down. Wait for the gearbox to stop rotating (5 sec) then engage reverse.

Its not a problem with the car.

If you love your car and intend keeping it perhaps get the gearbox oil drained and Castrol Manual SMX-S Gear Oil it is a fully synthetic SAE 75W/85 manual gear oil.

Jamie

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mmm that's weird... i never had reverse gear problems with my other ford cars (mondeo, cougar, focus)... has the fiesta been designed differently for some reason? :wacko:

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I have this sometimes as well. What I do is press the clutch, if it doesn't engage, I leave it neutral and then retry. I NEVER force it in. I believe it is the worst idea. Something that works too, is engaging 4th grear and then reverse. For some reason this works, but I don't know why. My borther, owner of mk6 facelift, said this to me and it works :)

Another thing: Having difficulty to engage a gear, and having it slip out are two totally diffrent things. If you face the second, I'd say go to your service ASAP and claim a within warranty repair.

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Having to "Double declutch" was/is normal with non-synchro gearboxes and reverse is non-synchromesh. Just release the clutch in neutral once before going into reverse usually works. Maybe the Fiesta gearbox is more prone to it, I don't know but I would have thought that Ford would use the same gearbox on the smaller engined Focus too. Do some Focus owners have the same problem ? I never had a problem with reverse on my manual Mk 7 Fiesta.

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Been a while since I posted, well after reading this post I have to say I have had my Fiesta not engage correctly into reverse, and when it does this it make a noise you would associate with gears not meshing correctly !

Now it has covered almost 8 thousand miles since the middle of May and is 2 years old today, service done yesterday.

Before anyone tells me to double clutch prior to engaging reverse don't bother, have we time warped back to the 1960's when cars apparently needed this, we are in the 21.st century so if Ford gearboxes need this then what the heck is going on!

I have never had this happen to a car before so there must be some problem with the gearbox and how it has been designed.

It has jumped out of gear at least 4 times now, and yes I can drive , I always look after my cars and always wait a few second after coming to rest before engaging reverse.

So what is wrong with my gearbox or is it the breed of the beast!!

If it continues it will go back to Ford dealer.

Had an Escort in 1980's that was fine

Cheers

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