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My son's car is a 2002 Ford Focus SE, 5 spd manual transmission. The engine runs like a top. The problem is, when put into gear (reverse or forward) the car creeps along. It barely moves. It takes forever to get up to 25 mph. I did not take it out of town because I was afraid it would never get to highway speed. It shifts fine, it just doesn't fully engage. Unfortunately, I don't trust any of the shops in the Northern IL area where my son lives. I gotta figure out how it get the car 150 miles back home so my guy can check it out. If I'm looking at something major, I'm gonna junk the dang thing. Any thoughts?

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Check your transmission fluid level if at all possible. If your fluid is low you won't be able to engage any gears as there isn't enough pressurized fluid to shift the clutch or selector in the transmission box. If that's fine, next check the selector link and check it is connected to the transmission (not totally unheard of for it to come loose). Still no joy then it's the clutch...sorry.

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Have the clutch looked at. If the clutch is not releasing fully it makes shifting difficult. Have the trans fluid changed too, it isn't expensive and probably is listed under your maintanance in the owners manual

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It sound like the gear linkage isn,t set up right, you wouldn,t always be able to engage a gear unless you rocked the car.

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I would begin by replacing the filter if its not new, 2 possibility of issue, faulty shifting module or defective transmission rebuilt. just because it has been rebuilt does not mean the individual work on it did a good job. the less cost effective way is to locate used modulator from ebay or junk yard, if that does not rectified the issue than more likely it will be the tranny. the bad part is that I dont know of a company offer a bench test for the tranny modulator.

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