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, I have a Ford Focus Mark 2, 2010, 1.8 petrol, manual

Customer Question

Hi,
I have a Ford Focus Mark 2, 2010, 1.8 petrol, manual 5m gearbox. Previously I had a Mark 1 with a very smooth gearbox. This one is a bit notchy and comparatively difficult to change gears. It's only got 34,000 miles on the clock. The previous owner only did 2,000 miles in the year before I bought it. It has a full service history. Any ideas?
Regards,
Van
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi there good evening to you
I have just noticed your question has not been attended to yet
Ok is the gearstick itself stiff
is it difficult to select all gears (is certain gears harder to get ) ie: 1st and reverse
Can you get gear no problem with engine switched off
Regards ***** *****
Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

I don't think the gearstick itself is stiff. All the gears are affected the same way and turning off the engine makes no difference.

Thanks for your help,

Van

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi can good evening to you
Ok just to confirm the gear change feels poor with the engine switched off
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

That's correct, Brian

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi there van
Thanks
Ok this would indicate the fault lies with the external controls ie gear cables sticking
As the clutch can be ruled out as the fault is present with the engine off
I would suspect a gear cable issue ie seized /tight gear cable ends at the gear selector especially due to inactivity low mileage )
This would be the first check to carry out
If you need anymore help or advice on this issue Van please let me know
If you are Completely satisfied with my answer /advice
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Kind regards ***** ***** and have a nice evening
Brian
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

OK Brian,

Thank you very much for your advice. I suspected the inactivity might have caused a problem.

Good evening,

Van

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

One more question. Can the cable be lubricated from inside the car, or is this a job for a workshop?

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi Vaughan good evening
Ok the cables should be checked inspected in a workshop as you have to remove a few parts to get at them
It is most commonly at the gear selector they stick
Lubtciation would be attempted before any repair or replacement is carried out as the selector arm was also probe for seizing but this would give you a sluggish /slow /sticky gearstick feel not a notchy gear selection
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks Brian

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
No worries Vaughan
If you ever need any future help or technical advice with your focus please let me know and I will do my upmost to assist you
Kind regards ***** ***** a nice evening
Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

The workshop checked the cables and they move like butter. No resistance at all They also checked the selector arm and pivot and they were like new, no corrosion whatsoever. Luckily they only charged me for an hour's labour. But the gears are still notchy and difficult.

Any ideas?

Van

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi van
Are the gears definetly notchy by to selector with engine off and the same with engine running
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

Yes they are the same with engine on or off.

Regards,

Van

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

Did you get my reply? The gears are a bit difficult with the engine on or off.

Regards,

Van

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi there good morning to you
Ok if the gears are notchy with engine off this rules out a clutch issue
If the cables and selector are ok as garage said they were they can be ruled out this only leaves the gear stick assembly or an internal gearbox issue
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

What could be wrong with the gear stick assembly?

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi Vaughan
The stick assembly could be worn on the pod or broken return spring in the assembly this would be rare as most cases of difficult gear change are down to clutch /selector issues
If you are having issues selecting one or two particular then this would indicate a gearbox issue
It's strange that all gears are difficult to select
Does the gear stick feel stiff at all with engine off as yo should be able to select gears smoothly with engine off
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

It's the same with the engine on or off. My Haynes manual says you can adjust the gear cables. Why would you need to do that?

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi Vaughan
Ok you can adjust the gear cables but this is only ever done when fitting new ones
It would be rare to adjust them in service but I can give you the information /pictures if you wish to do it
It isn't a if job you only need a 3 mm drill bit
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

I would appreciate it if you would give me the diagram/pictures please.

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi there Ok I have attached a few images to assist you Basically pull the gearshift gator upward and insert the drill bit as per picture Then release the locking tab from the gearshift cable (gearbox side ) and select 4th gear and then push the locking tab back home Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

These pictures are not opening properly.

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
Hi Vaughan this is the only way I can post the pictures
I can click on them and. Open them no problem
Regards Brian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

I've only got part 6 and 7 and most of the text is off the screen,

Regards,

Vaughan

Expert:  Gallagher99 replied 2 years ago.
I will try reposting pictures
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Brian,

Well the cables are adjusted now but I'm still finding gear changes a bit difficult. Surely a gearbox with only 37000 miles can't be faulty?

Regards,

Vaughan

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