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2006 Mazda 3 3rd gear issue

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Mar 22, 2010, 11:39 AM

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i have a mazda 3 5 speed manual with a problem going into 3rd gear. when shifting into 3rd I feel more resistance and a slight grind when shifting at a regular pace. if i shift from 2nd to 3rd at a very slow pace this does not happen. all other gears shift in and out of normally. any ideas?


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Mar 22, 2010, 6:50 PM

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You should first have the hydraulic clutch inspected for leaks and any air in system. If ok, you more than likely need the synchronizer replaced for 3rd gear. The synchro basically assists in a smooth gear mesh regardless of engine rpm. If it goes, you need the right rpm for a clean mesh or a grinding noise is heard. This needs to be done ASAP or damage to the gear may result.



Mar 23, 2010, 3:32 PM

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Thanks Steve. So how around how much should something like that cost me?

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Mar 23, 2010, 7:07 PM

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You would have to call around for labor rates. Auto mechanics are in a totally different world than transmission shops.


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Mar 23, 2010, 11:35 PM

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If this is your daily driver, and can't be down right now, I would suggest having a truck driver teach you how to double clutch when you drive. Semi trucks aren't syncronized and you have to double clutch to drive them. If you've mastered the stick you can pick this trick up easily with a bit of practice. I learned it when I was 17 after the first few times. This will take stress off your transmission while you plan the repairs and get your money in order. Be glad you aren't learning to do this with a twin stick!


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