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Old 08-06-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Question about reverse grinding

This has been going on for quite some time. It’s really difficult to put the gear in reverse sometimes because it will either grind, or it will go in reverse and pop out after a few seconds. At times, I have to put it in 1st gear then in reverse just to go, lol. But, sometimes that doesn’t even help. I had a new Hurst shifter put in a few months ago, thinking that it could solve the problem, but it didn’t. I’m thinking it could be the transmission? This is on a 98 Cobra btw.
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Sounds like the reverse synchro is bad.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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Bad synchro. Usually putting it in 1st then 5th helps out
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Yeah, fifth then reverse (no double clutch) or third then reverse.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:59 AM   #5
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In the old days (yeah, I'm one of them guys) the Ford top-loaders did not have a syncro ring on reverse because you were not moving when engaging. If you were grinding going into reverse, your clutch was not totally disengaging and a small adjustment would cure that problem. Are reverse syncros a standard thing on the current boxes or are you all assuming since the forward gears have them? Just wondering, I'm not up on the modern stuff.
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2nd and reverse share the same synchro. I had the same exact problem on my Cobra years back. Had to rebuild the trans.
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Honestly I've had some issues with my T45 too but its not bad. Just 1st, 1st, reverse or just get the car moving ever so slightly and it'll go right into reverse. Having a properly adjusted clutch cable also does wonders.

The t45 reverse issue is well known btw and there is a tsb out on it.
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