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Unread 08-23-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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2011 Ford Fiesta manual trans - replacement required?

My dtr owns a 2011 Ford Fiesta SE with a manual transmission that has ~110,000 miles. She reports that after it warms up it gets difficult to shift so we took it to a Ford dealer for an assessment. The Svc Mgr experienced the difficult shifting when he pulled it into the service bay (note it is easy to shift when cold). They called today and reported the tech was able to duplicate the problem again and he disconnected the cables and the difficulty went away. The suspected problem is "bad synchros" with a complete transmission replacement at $2900 as the suggested fix. I am NO mechanic and have no idea what "synchros" are but my fear is the full replacement is being suggested as an easy fix for a tranny with 100K+ miles but it may not be necessary.

I would appreciate any advise you may have. Thanks very much.
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A "syncro" is a sliding ring with internal teeth that slides on the main or output shaft and locks a gear to the shaft forcing it to turn at the same speed. when the teeth wear shifting becomes harder. Syncros are usually made from brass or a brass alloy and the shaft and gears are steel, making the syncro the sacrificial part and they are the cheapest part in the transmission. But to replace them requires a complete teardown. It is far less labor intensive to just replace the trans and move on. Would you rather pay the dealer 10 hrs to remove and replace the trans plus the cost of the new or rebuilt trans or 10 hrs plus god knows how many hrs to rebuild your trans plus the new parts. More than likely it would be cheaper to just swap in a rebuilt unit than trying to fix the one you have.
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