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Can't Upshift to 3rd GEAR Help!!!

Posted by marc, Jul 26, 2002

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  1. marc

    marc Proven Member

    Joined Jul 21, 2002
    I cant figure out why my car has trouble shifting into 3rd. If i sit in park with the clutch in every gear shifts nicley but when i drive it like gets stuck and won't go into 3rd. I have to wiggle it into 3rd gear. I don't know if it is the syncros or what. It will downshift just fine into third. I don't hear any grinding when I do get it into third!! Somebody help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Its drivin me nuts!!!
  2. shadow1

    shadow1 Proven Member

    Joined Feb 7, 2003
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    I have the same problem. It's intermittent. Sometimes 3rd gear works fine. When 3rd is being stubborn, I have to muscle it into gear. There is NO grinding. I tried switching tranny oil (Red Line MT90). Made no difference.
  3. Mack

    Mack Proven Member

    Joined May 7, 2003
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Please fill out your vehicle profile as which car you have year etc. IF it is a 1G, you may need to adjust the shift cables, worn mounts, worn bushings...
    2g's are a little different, still could be worn components/cables, but there is no cable adjustment. New shifter and cable bushings seem to help.
    Worst case it could be the syncro, and bushings will band-aid the problem.

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