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Old 06-15-2003, 02:57   #1 (permalink)
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T5 - Synchromesh? & brake probs

heya, been having some probs lately on the ol'e t5..... sticking when trying to change up/down my lower gears, 1,2,3 etc... (& reverse, have to put it in 5th then down to reverse if i don't want it to drunch) have to really jam it occasionally to get it into gear (or change it on high revs)... i'm thinking it's the synchromesh or maybe the clutch? ..

if so, what would be an estimated cost to get the gb reco'd? or any other alternative?...

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also, lately my brakes... (thinking it's the front left disc) have developed an annoying squeel that comes on and off when driving, and cornering... and when stopping... the pads are meaty.. i'm presuming from what i've heard it's a common ea trait and the guideline needs a good grease up?


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Old 06-15-2003, 03:29   #2 (permalink)
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Check that your clutch is not dragging. This will cause the symptoms you have.
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Old 06-15-2003, 04:39   #3 (permalink)
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Yes check ur clutch adjustment first, if its not adjusted right the clutch could still be slightly engaged even if ur foot is to the floor on the pedal. It's not hard to do, u'll see two nuts on the clutch cable near the firewall, loosen the locking nut off and move the nut closest to the firewall in till its adjusted properly. The clutch should start to engage with the pedal around 1" from the floor.

As with the brakes, if the pads still have a bit of thickness on them lubricate the slides with a bit of grease as it will most likely be sticking. Also check to see how worn the discs are, if theres a lip on them that could also be causing ur noise.
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Old 06-15-2003, 06:33   #4 (permalink)
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you sure the squeel is your brakes not your wheel bearing???
just a thought had a smiliar problem not long ago

thanks Xplod now i can adjust my clutch cable without taking it to someone if its as easy as you say :)
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Old 06-16-2003, 18:26   #5 (permalink)
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ta ppls, i adjusted the clutch.. falls in gears, but you can still feel her age a 'lil... what you expect for a 13yr old box? :) ... anyways, i'm thinking the sound could possible be the wheel bearing. tested her and she goes with the rotation.. i'm going to pull it apart and have a look tonight. I've had some dba slotted discs on my mod list for a while.. might get 2 up front, and get my rears machined.. and some bendix pads..
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I've got the same problem with my XR8, the T5 is mega crunchy at times. Put it into first gear, crunches into second, slight crunch into third, nearly always crunches in reverse. But then, once the car is warmed up and has been driven around for about 15mins, almost no crunches at all. Oil?

I adjusted the clutch the first time I heard reverse grind, but didn't fix the problem.

I think the car actually has a stronger pressure plate, or bity-er clutch as the car shudders if you ride the clutch, really doesn't like it. (remember, I only bought the car a couple of weeks ago.) The clutch never slips when you dump it, so it's definately not worn.

What could be causing the gearbox to do crunch when cold? Maybe wrong oil? If it's not the clutch, not the oil, what else could it be?
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I've got the same problem with my XR8, the T5 is mega crunchy at times. Put it into first gear, crunches into second, slight crunch into third, nearly always crunches in reverse. But then, once the car is warmed up and has been driven around for about 15mins, almost no crunches at all. Oil?

I adjusted the clutch the first time I heard reverse grind, but didn't fix the problem.

I think the car actually has a stronger pressure plate, or bity-er clutch as the car shudders if you ride the clutch, really doesn't like it. (remember, I only bought the car a couple of weeks ago.) The clutch never slips when you dump it, so it's definately not worn.

What could be causing the gearbox to do crunch when cold? Maybe wrong oil? If it's not the clutch, not the oil, what else could it be?
This is how my ED is!!!!!! When cold it always crunches into second (no bad sound but can feel the stick crunch) and once warm its fine.... Ive just changed oil with fresh ATF and still does it, adjusted the clutch and still does it.....must be the box design?

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Old 06-17-2003, 23:57   #8 (permalink)
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Most likely oil viscosity...when cold, oil doesnt flow as good as it does when warm...dump oil, and if that dont fix it, then I guess you will have to live with it!
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ATF , the recomended oil for I6 T5's dosent change in thinkness much at all when hot/cold .Ive changed mine twice now and the issue remains....
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Old 06-18-2003, 00:59   #10 (permalink)
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my t5 is going fine now after a couple more fine adjustments, no gear crunching other than reverse when it's cold, so i go 5>r and it slides... no crunching into 2nd etc, just the occasional stickyness when cold.
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