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Old 12-18-2014, 12:46 PM   #1
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Changing gears

Every time I change gears it's a little hard to put the shifter into the right gear. It needs to forced but not too much. Is this normal? I just changed my clutch, could it be my differential?
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:53 PM   #2
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Your differential is in the rear axle and doesn't really have anything to do with your transmission. What you might have going wrong is the synchros. They align the gears so that they can mesh smoothly when you shift.


If you do what is called double clutching, it should help preserve the synchros and gears as well.


Double clutching is as follows:
1-push in the clutch
2-take the shifter and start moving it toward the next gear, but don't go all the way
3-release the clutch pedal when the stick is inbetween gears (neutral)
4-Push the clutch pedal in, and put move it into the next gear


What this does is let the synchro start spin before it normally would, and it does so at the correct speed. It makes things way more easy on the transmission. I do it when I am just daily driving because I feel like im saving on the trans when I do it.


If you are only feeling a minor resistance when putting it in gear, its probably normal and you might just be over thinking it. You shouldn't have to really Muscle it in tho. It should be relatively effortless, just with a noticeable engagement
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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Oh alright I'll practice double clutching. It's my first manual car so I don't know what it should feel like
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What kind of fluid you got in there? Short shifter? How many miles?

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Old 12-21-2014, 04:58 PM   #5
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To be honest I don't know about my fluid I tried looking for my transmission fluid stick but realize I don't have one cause I'm manual and it has 146k and I have the stock factory shifter
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Your first order of business should be a fluid drain/fill and a MGW shifter. Especially if you have a 01-04 car.
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Changing gears

Step 1: buy MGW shifter
Step 2: go buy 4 quarts of Pennzoil Synchromesh
Step 3: pull shifter and drain tranny oil.
Step 4. Put drain plug in, and fill up tranny with 3.2 quarts fluid.
Step 5: Install MGW shifter

Step 6: go bang some gears like a bawssss


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synchromesh for sure. emphasis on synchromesh.
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Pennzoil synchromesh (or GM Synchromesh, same stuff) is the ONLY product that should go in these manual transmissions


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I gotta try that synchomesh

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What about a t56. How many qts should a t56 hold.


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Old 12-23-2014, 02:33 PM   #12
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What kind of mgw shifter?
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What kind of mgw shifter?
The kind for your transmission.
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Have to agree change your fluid with the correct flavor and shifter... I have the pro 5.0 but whatever you choose it will be night and day


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I actually changed clutch, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, clutch fork... And fluid and used the stock shifter for 300 miles before I changed to the 5.0... Just with the stock shifter it was like butter switching gears... The 5.0
Is a little notchy feeling but like the positive shift it gives... Mine is a 2004 with 75,000 when I changed all that 5 months ago


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LOL Double Clutching what's he driving a B Model Mack, if you didn't have this problem prior to replacing the clutch that's what i would be looking at, this can happen if the clutch is not completely disengaging. Did you replace the clutch yourself or was it done by a shop? if shop take it back and tell them it wasn't like this before. I wouldn't go buy a short throw shifter until you resolve the issue its not going to fix the problem.

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I actually changed clutch, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, clutch fork... And fluid and used the stock shifter for 300 miles before I changed to the 5.0... Just with the stock shifter it was like butter switching gears... The 5.0
Is a little notchy feeling but like the positive shift it gives... Mine is a 2004 with 75,000 when I changed all that 5 months ago


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The 5.0 is ok, the straight up shifter handle is ****ing retarded tho, most ppl swap out with an angled handle so they aren't leaning way forward for 3rd and smashing their fists into the radio on a hard shift. The Tri Ax is good too but noisy, the MGW is the best one.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #18
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I had this problem before fixing my clutch. I thought changing my clutch would solve the issue but it didn't. I go it done at a shop
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