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Ford focus automatic gear stick is very stiff, what caused it?

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Bit late but thought I'd add my two cents, I've got a 2007 f/focus auto, my shifter became extremely hard to shift the other day, I continued driving to work and left it for day hoping it would come right. Anyway, finished work and shifter was still stiff, on my way back home had my hand resting on lever and i felt the plastic on the stick wasn't up properly and was sitting in the hole for the stick, needless to say problem fixed, hope others benefit from this post as I myself was about to dismantle the transmission!!

Posted on Dec 02, 2018

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  • Robert Wood
    Robert Wood Dec 02, 2018

    What ????????????????????

  • Karta Leini
    Karta Leini Feb 01, 2019

    Exactly! WT.... Thanks heaps for that, your a genius. I had the same problem, just screwed it back in reverse, I never noticed the gap. After reading your post I went out to have a look and sure enough. I just hope dealers aren't ripping people off, probably an understatement. Cheers Champ, thanks for sharing.

  • Vincent King
    Vincent King Feb 06, 2019

    I just had a customer with the same problem. He was very happy that I was able to fix it so easy. Thanks for your time posting the fix

  • Gary Krinkel
    Gary Krinkel Jun 18, 2019

    Same problem, same fix Focus 2008. When you move it back and turn it a little, it clicks back into place,

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the lever is greased from the factory and at 60k km that grease may be displaced. if you are handy enough to remove the center console around the shift lever, you can re-grease it yourself. also where the cabling connects to the transmission may be in need of adjustment if the aforementioned solution does not correct it. also be sure and service your transmission (fluid/filter changes)

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: My gear stick on my 1.8 ford focus zetec has gone

sounds like broken gear cable they are to not to had to fix

Posted on Nov 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Ford Focus - C-Max 2.0 TDCi Zetec -- Gear stick

If the gearstick is comleatly loose and the problem was sudden then it has just come adriftt from the plastic ball joint that can be reached from inside the car by removing the gearnob and lifting the sock then push back together and all should be ok.
Happend to me in June 2009 done that and it hasnt happend since

Posted on Mar 28, 2010

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SOURCE: 2002 Sedona: 2003 Kia Rio manual transmission, stick is stiff g...

I have the same car, the only solution to this problem is to tighten the clutch cable nut just as necessary until you feel that you are able to shift smoothly without forcing it, make sure you start the car to test for that.

You might have to remove the air intake in order to access the clutch cable.

If you tighten the nut too much, your clutch will feel light and you will have clutch slips. So basically keep trying until you're there. You can loosen or tighten the nut while the car is running, I'd recommend.

Source: Experience.

Posted on May 29, 2010

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SOURCE: 2003 Kia Rio manual transmission, stick is stiff g...

I would check the operation of the shifter cable. It may need lubricated.

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

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