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#1 joelwool



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Posted 04 July 2014 - 06:52 PM

I can't find anything about this on the net, and it has never happened to me in another car. 



Is it normal for my car not to let me select 1st gear, until the car has slowed down to 5mph or less, it physically will not let me select 1st gear at any speed over 5mph.


this is when I am changing down obviously.



2005 petrol ford focus.

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#2 theduke


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:08 PM

Why would you need tho?

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:24 PM

That is quite normal...1st gear is for moving off

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:42 PM

perfectly normal.... as mentioned above 1st really only needed for pulling away from a standstill

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 04:18 AM

My mk2 is exactly the same.
There is a definite notch in the gear shift stopping first being engaged at any speed that could cause damage to the gearbox.
It is totally normal.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 07:48 AM

Iirc my old saxo used to do that. Haven't tried it in my Focus though.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:40 AM

Quite likely it uses a solenoid to mechanically prevent you selecting reverse or first above a certain speed. My Focus has one on the shifter mechanism, I've just never tried it seeing what speed or gears it affects.

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