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Hi, I have a 2004 Mk3 Mondeo LX that's done 100k. First gear and reverse are often really hard to engage but sometimes they engage easily. Other gears are fine. Any idea what could be causing it?

 

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3 minutes ago, mondeo666 said:

Hi, I have a 2004 Mk3 Mondeo LX that's done 100k. First gear and reverse are often really hard to engage but sometimes they engage easily. Other gears are fine. Any idea what could be causing it?

 

Thanks

Rubber bushings on the linkage could be deteriorated or gone hard over the years of road salt.

Check the engine bay for the ends of the cables which feed from the gear stick inside the car, 

Perhaps get someone to press clutch and move gears to help you to locate the linkage and examine the condition. 

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