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2003 Escape 5 speed intermittent won't sync to shift

Intermittently, my 5 speed will not shift into 1st or 2nd after a stop. It will grind gears going into 3rd or reverse. No problem when cold but when driven 5-10 minutes the gears can be sticky to get into AND out of. I have recently been stuck in reverse. Double clutching and reving the engine to match gear speed some times works. From stop I can sometimes get into 1sst but then 2nd won't let me in and I have to use 3rd. 2003 Escape, 2.0 4 cyl 5 speed 105,000 miles. Thanks.

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Dude its likely an electrical problem, why are you so dismal? You shouldn't be so pessimistic and claim your being realistic, its bad for the health of everyone around you, and your proud negative views manifest into your reality and confirm your beliefs to be true so they are, but it doesn't have to be like that man. I understand quite a bit about vehicles and I bought it at a auction... I'm asking for help on which relay, module, ground, solenoid or whatever it likely would be, not a crash course in transmissions. Ideally I'm hoping for someone like myself to come around that had a similar problem and say what worked for them.

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    Joshua Sulwer Mar 16, 2014

    sorry man this was suppose to be a reply to someone else that gave a seemingly wise but completely useless advice that was only discouraging :)

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    Joshua Sulwer Mar 16, 2014

    in regards to your problem, I'd change your transmission fluid. I know you can't check it like automatics, but there is a bolt(plug) kind of like to change the oil.

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    Joshua Sulwer Mar 16, 2014

    there is also a transmission filter, you should change that too. Those are things that should be changed every 100k miles at most and are the most common reason the transmission goes bad because the trans fliud looses its ability

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    Joshua Sulwer Mar 16, 2014

    also it could be electrical, do you have any other symptoms or signs? check engine lights? lot of the 00 and up cars have electrical shift solenoids, relays and fuses that could be causeing your problem, but IDK for sure, if u get the service manual it has a few pages of common problems and solutions, if u have any check engine lights that usually helps narrow it down


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