2002 Ford ZX2 Manual Transmission !!!!!!HELP ME!!!!!!

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7 years 4 months ago #4824 by nsman06
Please help me! As stated I own a 2002 Ford Escort ZX2 (trust me the ZX2 makes all the difference). So heres what I need help with. I need to know if it is possible for a backyard mechanic per say to replace the synchros

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7 years 4 months ago #4825 by EricTheCarGuy
Replied by EricTheCarGuy on topic 2002 Ford ZX2 Manual Transmission !!!!!!HELP ME!!!!!!
To be honest it's impossible for anyone else to speak for your abilities but that job is really not one for the inexperienced as it does require some special tools and a clean well lit place to work. You might consider first changing the fluid to see if the problem changes or goes away, often times this may be all that is required.

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7 years 4 months ago #4826 by nsman06
Well Ive done that already... I replaced the fluid with what ford recommended which was ATFII or III or IV. Heck in all realty it seems to have made it worst by changing the fluid. Would changing the clutch help at all?

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7 years 4 months ago #4827 by dreamer2355
I would not attempt to do any type of R&R work to a transmission without having the correct tools and service information. I just rebuilt a manual transmission from a Toyota and it was not a fun experience at all.

If your grinding when trying to change gears, do you even look at your clutch hydraulics to make sure there is no issues there?

How does the clutch pedal feel and does it stay depressed when you use the clutch? Any other issues with any other gears?

My co-worker who passed away in August of this year had the exact same vehicle as you. He would grind gears due to worn out bushing near the shifter.

I would do some more investigating before condemning the transmission synchronizers.

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7 years 4 months ago #4828 by Trcustoms719
My personal vehicle ( '88 mazda mx6) grinds gears a little because of a worn shifter bushing.
So my point is...., bushings are cheap transmission rebuilds are not.
Make sure it's not something simple first before spending the money on a clutch or tranny rebuild.

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7 years 4 months ago #4831 by EricTheCarGuy
Replied by EricTheCarGuy on topic 2002 Ford ZX2 Manual Transmission !!!!!!HELP ME!!!!!!
Your only other hope at this point is if the shift linkage is adjustable as I show in the 2002 Focus clutch video that I've been showing on Mondays, if it's out of adjustment you might be able to get it back in (check the service manual for the procedure) but if it's not adjustable then your going to have to repair the syncros. You might consider removing the transmission yourself and taking it to a shop to have them rebuild it and you would save the cost of R&R and be assured that the work was done correctly.

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7 years 4 months ago #4830 by dreamer2355
The bushing are by the shifter itself. My co-worker also stated that he could not source the parts from the dealer either so you may need to go aftermarket or call a Ford dealer yourself IF the bushings are the issue.

Obviously be checking first for correct clutch operation.

This video from Eric may help -

http://www.youtube.com/user/EricTheCarGuy#p/u/4/h7JJ_g2UuBI

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7 years 4 months ago #4829 by nsman06

Quoted From dreamer2355:

I would not attempt to do any type of R&R work to a transmission without having the correct tools and service information. I just rebuilt a manual transmission from a Toyota and it was not a fun experience at all.

If your grinding when trying to change gears, do you even look at your clutch hydraulics to make sure there is no issues there?

How does the clutch pedal feel and does it stay depressed when you use the clutch? Any other issues with any other gears?

My co-worker who passed away in August of this year had the exact same vehicle as you. He would grind gears due to worn out bushing near the shifter.

I would do some more investigating before condemning the transmission synchronizers.


Okay thank you dreamer... I know these zx2s are real dang finikey and some of the things they do just dont make sense. Now where would I be looking for the bushings at? Are they near the transmission its self or are they right up near the shifter its self? And thank you for suggesting that again. And im sorry about your friend that passed away.

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7 years 4 months ago #4832 by nsman06
Okay Ill see if I cant find the linkage on the ZX2 probably over sunday this weekend and update ya'll. Also ill check those bushings cause a buddy of mine remarked to me about the amount of play in the shifter itself by saying that it felt like it was in neutral when it was in a gear. So maybe itll be shift linkage.......

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7 years 4 months ago #4833 by EricTheCarGuy
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With that little bit of info I think you should DEFIANTLY start by checking the linkage.

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