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Old Oct 10, 2017, 01:18 PM   #1
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Dealership FYI (not really, just dealership nonsense)

So I had my car at the dealership for a recall and to diagnose a few issues I'm having. One being grinding into 3rd gear occasionally. Well, they are trying to blame the clutch for it, which is a fairly new clutch. I have no slipping issues or anything with the clutch. They pointed out that it releases at the top, but it's nothing I've noticed. I don't see how a 'bad clutch would cause only one gear to grind. The main reason I am posting this is because of the nonsense they tried to tell me...
According to their tech, the Evo is basically a race car and needs it transmission replaced at 100,000 miles because of the 'gear cut'. I called a second dealership that has 'certified' Evo techs and they said that was ridiculous. Bad part is, that dealership is roughly 3 hours away.
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Old Oct 10, 2017, 01:30 PM   #3
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Bunch of stupid idiots...

Are you attempting to have the dealership fix under warranty or is it already expired? If so, it might be worth the road trip to another dealership. Are you able to find one closer to you rather than 3 hours away?

If all else fails, there's always Shep trans!
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I have an aftermarket warranty, which is great, so I'm looking into local shops before I decide on going through the hassle of getting my car to the other dealer.
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The grind is due to a failing syncro. An improperly adjusted clutch could be to blame for this but its also a wear item so slamming gears and miles takes a toll on them.

But while I mention that a clutch not properly adjusted could cause this, the fact that your clutch engages high is actually to your advantage here. Its the reverse which tends to kill the syncros as a low engagement point means the clutch may not be fully releasing thus potentially locking you out and causing premature wear.

At the end of the day I'd go to a different dealership bc they are clearly full of it. Good luck!
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the fact that your clutch engages high is actually to your advantage here. Its the reverse which tends to kill the syncros as a low engagement point means the clutch may not be fully releasing thus potentially locking you out and causing premature wear.
100% I was thinking this, but didn't want to say it because I overthought it !
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^Yeah yeah yeah of course you were thinking that such a copycat!
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The grind is due to a failing syncro. An improperly adjusted clutch could be to blame for this but its also a wear item so slamming gears and miles takes a toll on them.

But while I mention that a clutch not properly adjusted could cause this, the fact that your clutch engages high is actually to your advantage here. Its the reverse which tends to kill the syncros as a low engagement point means the clutch may not be fully releasing thus potentially locking you out and causing premature wear.

At the end of the day I'd go to a different dealership bc they are clearly full of it. Good luck!
Thank you sir
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^Yeah yeah yeah of course you were thinking that such a copycat!
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When I got the car back yesterday, I noticed that the mileage had not gone up more than a mile, doubt they even gave it a thorough test drive.
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Look on the bright side - it only cost you $45 to find out that dealership is useless... Some people have to spend >$1K to find that out!
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That's a fair point!
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I'm honestly surprised the dealer didn't try to get the aftermarket warranty to pay for a trans...lol
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Still running oem trans fluid?
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I don't know what you have done to the car, so if you have already done the following then disregard:


When I first test drove my X it had just over 52k miles and I noticed 3rd gear was notchy and kinda grinding a bit as well.


As soon as I was able to get home I ordered every bushing you can get from the shift selector to the gear lever itself without replacing the entire shifter box. It was just over $100 in bushings and it cleared up my 3rd gear problem as if it never existed.


Fast forward to today and currently at 112k miles, still no grinding or issues. Also, it might help to that I use the RedLine cocktail trans fluid mix.
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