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Old 05-07-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Help transmission problem!!!

Today on my way to work sitting at a traffic light either my car in neutral and clutch out it started to make a weird grinding noise and then I tried hitting the clutch which didn't make it go away so I tried to put it into gear and it would not go into any gear it finally went into 5th gear and I was able to down shift it to first while sitting there. Since then every time I stop I stop with it in gear and it hasn't made any weird noises since then it shifts fine I'm just nervous to sit with it in neutral at a stop. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated and it's a 2003 mach 1 with 60,000 miles original clutch and trans to my knowledge.
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When was the last time, if ever, you did the fluid? Original factory fill that year was overfilled anyway and caused issues with windage and wrecking the internals so that could be the case. My roommate's 2004 GT had to have his trans replaced at only 30k miles because of this.

I would drain it and then re-fill with new fluid at the quantity of 3.2 quarts. Fill it through the shifter. I recommend Pennzoil Synchromesh.
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I checked the fluid it's clean but it is up to the fill hole which I know is over full so I gotta drain it and refill it I also think my clutch is breaking apart because when everything was cold it was fine on my way home but when it warned up it got realy notchy and at one point I smelled a burnt clutch. So I'm hoping its just my clutch and not a trans
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Any grinding?
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:57 PM   #5
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There was no gear grinding but there was some kind of grinding idk where it was coming from but it could have been the bell housing area but there were no chunks or anything inside the bell housing looking threw where the clutch fork goes in.
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I really would not drive it again until you do the fluid. It will only take you an hour. Go get 4 quarts of synchromesh ($8/bottle) and get your car up on ramps. Pull the drain plug and let it totally drain out. Re-install plug, go inside car and pull shifter, slowly fill to 3.2 quarts, re-install shifter and take it for a spin.

Honestly one of the first things I say anyone buying a 3650 equipped car should do is get the old fluid the hell out of there and re-fill to the updated spec because VERY often they still are on original fluid that was overfilled from the factory. Old broken down fluid that is overfilled in a trans that was known to have 1st run issues is a very bad combo.
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Yea ill have to do that I hope the rain holds off so I can get it done today
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If it shifts fine when the car is not running I would look more towards the throw out bearing
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If it shifts fine when the car is not running I would look more towards the throw out bearing
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So do you pour the new transmission straight into hole that the shifter was in? What is the benefit of that
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So do you pour the new transmission straight into hole that the shifter was in? What is the benefit of that
Yes. Benefit is you can pour it straight into the hole vs having to get a bottle pump and sit under the car pumping away for 30 minutes. Also way more accurate to just pour in.
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When I drained and filled my tranny I was pumping for about 30 minutes uncomfortable as h
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When he said grinding I don't think he meant gears grinding. Your throwout bearing pushes against a plate and if it's gone bad it will make a "grinding" noise. Not gear grinding, but more of an annoying whining noise. I'm replacing mine as we speak. Over time it got to where it was making the noise even when the clutch wasn't being touched. Not a loud as when you push the clutch but it was still there.
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