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Old 06-25-2002, 04:26 PM   #1
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2002 WRX Sedan
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Question Shifter vibrates (pulses) while in 3rd gear.

Need your expertise guys!

My 2002 WRX sedan with 5MT has 19K mi on it. I bougt the car used with 13K on it. I do not know its history, but I do not drive it too hard. It is completely stock. Here's a concern I have:

Besides the normal hard shifting problems (down shift into 1st while moving, klink in reverse, occasional misshift and grind) associated with the US 5MT, I noticed the following: When I upshift to 3rd and keep my hand on the shifter, I feel a pulsing vibration. This vibration is directly proportional to the engine speed. At lower engine speeds (2K to 3.5K)it is very pronounced, as the speeds increase (3.5K to 6K), vibration smooths out. However, this vibration is not always constant. Sometimes, after a 4th to 3rd downshift it goes cmpletely away. Then, after a few more up and down shifts, it comes back.

I am not currently experiencing any driveability problems. This does not happen in any other gear, only the 3rd.

Are any of you experiencing anything similar? Any ideas on what may be happening?

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Old 06-25-2002, 07:03 PM   #2
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As long as everything is still working ok, I wouldnt be to worried about it.

You really shouldnt rest your hand on the shifter, it puts pressure on the shift forks, and wears everything out faster.

, Do you know anyone else with a WRX that you might be able to take for a ride and compare?

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Old 06-26-2002, 02:51 AM   #3
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I know about not resting your hand on the shifter. i just noticed it once and was wondering if anyone else noticed it too.

I drove today and noticed another detail: it only vibrates when I am on the gas and not when coasting. While coasting all vibes go away. I am just worried that there may be something brused (not broken but damaged) in the tranny associated with the 3rd gear.

I understand the principles behind manual transmissions, but lack specific detailed mechanical knowledge (I have never taken a transmission apart in my life...). I thought that if anyone else experienced this phenomenon they could shed light on it.

I want to make sure that if there are any possible mechanical defects in the tranny, I take care of them before warranty is over (I guess I have another 40K miles to play with it and watch it...)

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