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Old 07-01-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
Eolian
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Exclamation HELP! Gears going haywire!

Disclaimer - I am not extremely well versed in mechanical lingo or knowledge, so pre-apologies if my explanation sucks and I dont know proper terms/names. Consider me a newbie/just-a-big-fan when responding please.

Car - 2003 WRX, no major mods that deal with engine or tranny. Almost entirely stock.

Problem - Basically, my gears go haywire. Where 1st gear should be, its now 3rd gear, where 3rd gear should be, its reverse, and I may or may not have a neutral, ect, ect. Each time it differs slightly but for the most part thats it in a nutshell. I discovered I was able to pop the gears back into place by playing around with the shifter and small amounts of gas+clutch being used. This issue has come up maybe 3-4ish times a year and always seems to go back to normal after a day or two. I have noticed this seems to happen more often when the weather is very cold, and I also have had Jeep owners tell me they too have had this issue.

Yesterday - My gears popped out of place while leaving my driveway. I began to try to move the shifter around and the WRX lurched forward as if I had just killed the engine(this has never happened before). After that, my shifter would not move an inch. I can wiggle it, but it will not budge in any direction. It is stuck in the 5th position.

Details - I replaced the clutch one year ago exactly. I took it into Goodyear to have them check on this issue and they told me that would fix it(sigh).
Also for several months now I have noticed (what I think is) my clutch burning, I smell it almost every time I drive the car. I have taken it into local shops to have them find the smell, but all inspections have come back clear.

HELP! As you can see, I have taken it to many people/places over the years to try to properly diagnose and fix this reoccurring issue but no one has been able to help. All the mechanics I take it to tell me "Ive never heard of anything like that derp." It has become very frustrating and I feel helpless and I fear this time something went incredibly wrong.

Have any of you had or heard of this issue? Is it linkage, my clutch, a part inside the shifter itself, or (please God no) my transmission??
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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it sounds like the shifter linkage has issues...maybe the pivot bushing has crumbled

you will want to find somebody local to you to take a look at it....maybe you need o post up in your local area forum for a local guru to come hep ya
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:40 AM   #3
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The only similar condition I've ever experienced is the being stuck in 5th, my friend welded the gear almost in 5th and even an 8 ft prybar couldn't break it loose. I ended up with just replacing the tranny as no one could rebuild it at the time. Only other thing could be the shift linkage that I could think of? I'm no professional when it comes to diagnostic info...
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:07 AM   #4
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The only similar condition I've ever experienced is the being stuck in 5th, my friend welded the gear almost in 5th and even an 8 ft prybar couldn't break it loose. I ended up with just replacing the tranny as no one could rebuild it at the time. Only other thing could be the shift linkage that I could think of? I'm no professional when it comes to diagnostic info...

then don't post ......the op's trans works it just isn't working right
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:12 AM   #5
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Ive had a few people suggest on some Subaru facebook groups after I shared this page that it could be shift linkage, shift shaft bearings, or shifter forks. One of those is the same you mentioned Scotty.

Any specific comments/ideas on those that I can bring to my mechanic once I find one?
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:13 AM   #6
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Ive had a few people suggest on some Subaru facebook groups after I shared this page that it could be shift linkage, shift shaft bearings, or shifter forks. One of those is the same you mentioned Scotty.

Any specific comments/ideas on those that I can bring to my mechanic once I find one?

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=14

whatever local area forum that covers your area....make thread

offer beeer/pizza/dope/whatever.....in trade for somebody coming and helpin ya out

this will either be a fairly cheap/easy fix or not
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