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#1 poshpawsfiesta

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:11 PM

Hiya guys traded my clio in for a focus titanium and ive had real trouble with the gearbox ! Basicly the car is very reluctant to go in to 1st and 2nd gear some times 3rd and 4th. i have to force it into gear, ive driven 5 mk2 focus and theyve all had brilliant gearbox any idears what could be wrong guys?? Thanks josh

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#2 V12

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:41 PM

As a start you should check your cable linkages of the shifting mechanism. There are two cables running into a plastic box in front of the gear box. Open the plastic cover of it and you will see the two ball joints of the shifting rods. Check if there is abnormal wear and tear at the end of the cables. It`s also a good idea to check for oil leaks and check the oil level of the transmission. The fill and drain plugs are inside of that plastic box to the left of the cable shifting mechanism. Marked in red you can see the drain plug which has magnet on it and in yellow the fill plug. Next to them are the the shifting cables, which you have to check.

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If the cable linkages are all right you can try changing the transmission oil. Use good grade 75W-80. Cheers!

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:29 PM

as above, check the linkages and change the gear oil if they appear to be ok

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:29 AM

agree with the above the box is generally good as a last resort it could be the clutch on its way out

#5 poshpawsfiesta

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

agree with the above the box is generally good as a last resort it could be the clutch on its way out

cheers for you help guys took the car back to ford and they 'heavly greased the gear selctor' but hasnt really solved the problem, it has been driven by some one who is mechanicly minded and they think it might be the clutch pressure plate (whatever that is) so hopefully that will be covered by the warrenty but they say you might as well have the clutch replaced whilst the gearbox is all out etc what are your thoughts? thanks josh

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:01 AM

cheers for you help guys took the car back to ford and they 'heavly greased the gear selctor' but hasnt really solved the problem, it has been driven by some one who is mechanicly minded and they think it might be the clutch pressure plate (whatever that is) so hopefully that will be covered by the warrenty but they say you might as well have the clutch replaced whilst the gearbox is all out etc what are your thoughts? thanks josh


A clutch kit consists usually of 3 parts, the pressure plate, friction plate(what wears out usually) and the release bearing.
so if the problem is something clutch related then it makes perfect sense to replace all these parts at the same time

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:30 PM

A clutch kit consists usually of 3 parts, the pressure plate, friction plate(what wears out usually) and the release bearing.
so if the problem is something clutch related then it makes perfect sense to replace all these parts at the same time


What about a flywheel ??? If its a duel mass type, it will need replacing too.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:51 PM

what engine have you got? if its a diesel, then if you intend on keeping the car for a long time then i would spend the money now and have it done then you shouldnt need to worry about it later. even if there does appear to be nothing wrong with it - just my personal opinion though, you dont need to.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:54 PM

Its a 1.6 tdci, its done 90k still like new apart from this problem, im thinking the same as you get it all replaced why its appart and hopefully it will do another 90k :) running it of bp ultimate diesel now , its made a world of diffrence to the general running of the engine ! J


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