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My Ford Escort van W reg. which I have just purc hased has problems with stiff gears particularly into reverse.

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  • betseysmith Sep 12, 2008

    the van was just purchased, but on running obvious problem with v ery stiff gear change especially into first and particularly reverse, really have to thump it in.

  • betseysmith Sep 12, 2008

    not aware of freeplay on clutch- as just started driving this van - it is the gear changing that seems to be the prob lem. I wonder if it needs gear oil.....unsure where I can check this as was not given log book, and not too good on engines..

  • betseysmith Sep 13, 2008

    thanks for help but didn't make any difference. When putting ino reverse it can crunch as though you have missed the gear and then you have to really thump it in!!!!!!

  • betseysmith Sep 13, 2008

    thanks for all your help.shall put into garage for necessary clutch repairwork

  • tjwr Nov 07, 2008

    hi, same issue, 1st and reverse hard to engage, instinct tells me a clutch problem, any know whats involved and estimated cost to remedy??? is it something i could do, im not a mechanic. any assistance would be really helpfull

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Does the clutch have excessive free play in the pedal? about 1.5 inchs is normal.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Have you changed the gear box lube?


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One of the most common causes of hard shift is the clutch no fully disengaging, also do you put it in 2nd before you try 1st or reverse, it helps stop gear motion in the trans which eases the effort to engage the non-synchro gears, which first and reverse are most likely.

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    yadayada Sep 13, 2008

    This is a clutch problem, thanks for trying is unfair as a rating, your clutch is not dis-engaging the trans all the way and the gear pack it spinning, hence the grind, reverse is no a synchromesh gear. I am sorry you don't want to hear this but you have a clutch issue!

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    yadayada Sep 13, 2008

    U are welcome


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