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#16 Magenta


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:43 AM

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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#17 Bladerunner


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:22 PM

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

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