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    Urgent car help needed please - cant get into reverse!

    I have an 03 ford focus, since I got it in May the car has been hard to get into reverse. Now I cant get into reverse at all. The fluid was leaking apparently according to my boyfriend, but he has topped that up. Anyway, now i cant get into reverse at all. Car parked at a friends but I need help! Boyfriend not sure what else to do. He is looking at the gear selector and trying to adjust that, but he says I may need a garage. I dont like garages, any ideas what it could be?

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    Don't know, but make sure you don't turn into a one-way street - you've had it then!!!! :lol:

    Could be clutch, I struggled with reverse for a while, it got worse and stopped working - bit like yours sounds, took it to garage and foundthe clutch had gone. Are you in AA or RAC? They can usually tell you what it is wif you call them out,

    I don't think you've any choice but to get it to a garage.

    You should've sorted it out ages ago.

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    kidcat;5966247

    Could be clutch, I struggled with reverse for a while, it got worse and … Could be clutch, I struggled with reverse for a while, it got worse and stopped working - bit like yours sounds, took it to garage and foundthe clutch had gone. Are you in AA or RAC? They can usually tell you what it is wif you call them out,



    thanks. I dont want the garage taking advantage of me, being a woman. Clutch seems to be ok

    If you have breakdown cover with RAC or AA, ask them to come out, they may be able to fix it, as it may just be summat simple, but if they can't........atleast they will tell you what it is, then you will know for sure.

    or go to [url]www.rac.co.uk[/url]
    or [url]www.theAA.co.uk[/url]

    and join it costs £29-38, ok in the long run aswell.

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    thesaint;5966253

    I don't think you've any choice but to get it to a garage.You should've … I don't think you've any choice but to get it to a garage.You should've sorted it out ages ago.



    No my bf said it was ok and that I should push down the clutch more. I never thought anymore about it. Car cost me enough only 3 months ago and it has been problem after problem. I may contact the guy who sold me it as it has more problems

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    taurus_the_bull;5966259

    If you have breakdown cover with RAC or AA, ask them to come out, they … If you have breakdown cover with RAC or AA, ask them to come out, they may be able to fix it, as it may just be summat simple, but if they can't........atleast they will tell you what it is, then you will know for sure.or go to [url]www.rac.co.uk[/url]or [url]www.theAA.co.uk[/url]and join it costs £29-38, ok in the long run aswell.



    I have RAC, I may call them out. Edit - bf said they are useless and not to call them

    bargainhunter2009;5966256

    thanks. I dont want the garage taking advantage of me, being a woman. … thanks. I dont want the garage taking advantage of me, being a woman. Clutch seems to be ok



    So was mine but it was something to do with the internal workings of the clutch or the plate or something, I was convinced it couldnt be the clutch so was stunned when they rang to say it was the clutch,

    bargainhunter2009;5966263

    No my bf said it was ok and that I should push down the clutch more. I … No my bf said it was ok and that I should push down the clutch more. I never thought anymore about it. Car cost me enough only 3 months ago and it has been problem after problem. I may contact the guy who sold me it as it has more problems



    bargainhunter2009;5966266

    I have RAC, I may call them out. Edit - bf said they are useless and not … I have RAC, I may call them out. Edit - bf said they are useless and not to call them



    Seems your boyfriend has no idea at all.

    If it was a private sale, don't be offended if the buyer tells you do "Do one".

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    kidcat;5966268

    So was mine but it was something to do with the internal workings of the … So was mine but it was something to do with the internal workings of the clutch or the plate or something, I was convinced it couldnt be the clutch so was stunned when they rang to say it was the clutch,



    Thanks, will ask bf to check that

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    thesaint;5966272

    Seems your boyfriend has no idea at all. If it was a private sale, don't … Seems your boyfriend has no idea at all. If it was a private sale, don't be offended if he tells you do "Do one".



    No it was a trader I got it from - only 3 months ago (bought 2nd may)

    Thats what you get for buying a ford

    It could be the clutch on its way out probably cost £80/100 for the clutch and £100/150 for fitting. Could be gearbox gone or going which would probably cost ya £500+. Could be gear linkage which is about £10 to £70 depening if its just 1 part needed or whole lot...ect. Or it could be because your so short your not putting the clutch all the way down lol.

    Goto a trusted garage and find out for sure.

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    thesaint;5966272

    Seems your boyfriend has no idea at all. If it was a private sale, don't … Seems your boyfriend has no idea at all. If it was a private sale, don't be offended if the buyer tells you do "Do one".



    His experience of the AA/RAC is that they generally are useless and take hours to do anything and dont do anything - my bf used to do mechanics part time alongside his normal job.

    bargainhunter2009;5966282

    No he was a trader I got it from



    Did it have any warranty? Most second hand cars only have three months and often the clutch isnt covered as its classed as wear and tear. If you call the RAC they can tell you what it is then you can see about contacting the dealer to query.

    bargainhunter2009;5966282

    No it was a trader I got it from - only 3 months ago (bought 2nd may)



    You may have some come back.

    bargainhunter2009;5966279

    Thanks, will ask bf to check that



    Your boyfriend is going to remove the gearbox and check the clutch?
    Why are you in the RAC?

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    J4GG4;5966288

    Thats what you get for buying a ford :)It could be the clutch on its way … Thats what you get for buying a ford :)It could be the clutch on its way out probably cost £80/100 for the clutch and £100/150 for fitting. Could be gearbox gone or going which would probably cost ya £500+. Could be gear linkage which is about £10 to £70 depening if its just 1 part needed or whole lot...ect.Goto a trusted garage and find out for sure.



    Its not the clutch as it works for the other gears.

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    thesaint;5966294

    You may have some come back.Your boyfriend is going to remove the gearbox … You may have some come back.Your boyfriend is going to remove the gearbox and check the clutch? Why are you in the RAC?



    He is not removing gearbox, he is doing something - taking off a cable and seeing if it sthe gearbox. I dont really understand

    bargainhunter2009;5966301

    Its not the clutch as it works for the other gears.



    Could still be the clutch, its just that the reverse bit is worn more than the others, the other bits will start to follow,

    In reality there are a few things it could be, and most involve stripping major bits of car to sort,

    Surely this is exactly the reason you joined the RAC, call them out that's what they're there for.

    hope it isn't too bad.:thumbsup:

    I have no clue but maybe if your bf has that much time to help u check etc, why cant he take it in for u? least he may pretend to have more of a clue.. I agree mechanics can be a handful at times, i prefer the local ones rather than the big named ones tbh..

    have u tried putting it into reverse when the ignitions off?

    Also try looking on forums, pref ford focus forums, U'll have better luck asking that question there..

    Edit: If it is the clutch u should really get it done asap, i've heard many bad stories with tranny/clutch issues.... i.e. if clutch is gone, it might kill the flywheel too etc etc etc..

    Still can be the clutch if it goes into other gears ok. try adjusting the gear linkage too. And put it in reverse with ignition off. Clutch down start the car see what happens

    Seems a bit of a strange thread. You have been having trouble with it for weeks, yet you have only owned for a few weeks, don't trust garages and don't have any faith in the AA or RAC. To be honest, sounds like it was a problem that could have been foreseen with a trip to the trader or somebody earlier.

    I'd guess it is most likely the clutch either worn, or something to do with the pressure plate or linkage so it is not clearing. Either way it will be the clutch being replaced as it wouldn't be worth trying to change a part of it. be amazed if it is the linkage and a little suprised if it is the gearbox unless very high mileage or abused somehow. Leaks generally need fixing and are a warning of something worse to come.

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    BlackCloud;5966389

    Seems a bit of a strange thread. You have been having trouble with it … Seems a bit of a strange thread. You have been having trouble with it for weeks, yet you have only owned for a few weeks, don't trust garages and don't have any faith in the AA or RAC. To be honest, sounds like it was a problem that could have been foreseen with a trip to the trader or somebody earlier.I'd guess it is most likely the clutch either worn, or something to do with the pressure plate or linkage so it is not clearing. Either way it will be the clutch being replaced as it wouldn't be worth trying to change a part of it. be amazed if it is the linkage and a little suprised if it is the gearbox unless very high mileage or abused somehow. Leaks generally need fixing and are a warning of something worse to come.



    owned it since may! I said I have had it for 3 months

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    J4GG4;5966349

    Still can be the clutch if it goes into other gears ok. try adjusting the … Still can be the clutch if it goes into other gears ok. try adjusting the gear linkage too. And put it in reverse with ignition off. Clutch down start the car see what happens



    wont go in reverse with ignition on or off

    You mentioned it once had a fluid leak? Could possibly be thrust bearing, Although could be numerous other things to be honest, Including Clutch, Sycromesh, Gearbox etc,

    send the bf packing in the dodgy car.... job done !

    Would you ask for advice about getting a hot deal on a car fan's forum?:?
    Seriously though, do you ever get your cars serviced? If so then try to build up a rapport with a particular garage, you soon get to know if they are trustworthy, and if they're any good then they'll remember you and treat you well if you always use them. They're not all bad.

    Sounds like it could be the synchromesh for reverse gear could be nackered. Need to get it to a garage really

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    Am getting a new gearbox, as per usual the catty comments. Thanks for those that were useful

    Chidda;5966825

    Sounds like it could be the synchromesh for reverse gear could be … Sounds like it could be the synchromesh for reverse gear could be nackered. Need to get it to a garage really



    Yeah it could be. Which would be cheaper to get a used gearbox than get it repaired!

    Just try find a TRUSTED garage, i know theres alot of dodgey ones out there. Try find 1 that dont charge to find the problem. Alot out there that do that free. Dont pay anyone to get them to look at it. Let them find the problem for free than hear out there quote. Make sure if they change the gearbox that you have the old gearbox, or if they change the clutch make sure they keep the old 1...ect. My relative got ripped off £1000 on a gearbox thrust bearing!! when it should of cost a fraction of that. The guy kept it for a week and said hed done this and that but the proof showed he didnt. Let your BF go to the garage with the car and make sure hes clear that if they do any work on it then you want the old parts.

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    Thanks J4GG4 - am getting a reconditioned gearbox and getting bf to fit it.

    bargainhunter2009;5966266

    I have RAC, I may call them out. Edit - bf said they are useless and not … I have RAC, I may call them out. Edit - bf said they are useless and not to call them


    [COLOR="Red"]
    So you think that the Misc have more chance of fixing your car than the RAC or a garage?

    Wow, serious judgement.[/COLOR]

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    The JFK;5973944

    [COLOR="Red"]So you think that the Misc have more chance of fixing your … [COLOR="Red"]So you think that the Misc have more chance of fixing your car than the RAC or a garage?Wow, serious judgement.[/COLOR]



    There are some mechanics on here...anyway, what do you know JFK? Arent you like 15? hahahhahaha

    bargainhunter2009;5974097

    There are some mechanics on here...anyway, what do you know JFK? Arent … There are some mechanics on here...anyway, what do you know JFK? Arent you like 15? hahahhahaha



    [COLOR="Red"]Yes there might be mechanics on here but there are defintalty mechanics at the RAC or a garage. How can someone fix a problem like that on the internet?

    I know very little about how to fix a gearbox issue which I'm sure is the case for the vast the majority of the misc, hence why I'm asking you why didn't you just take your car to a garage rather than ask for help on a deals forum.

    I'm 17 and my Aston Martin Vantage reverses without any problems. [/COLOR]

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    The JFK;5974175

    [COLOR="Red"]Yes there might be mechanics on here but there are … [COLOR="Red"]Yes there might be mechanics on here but there are defintalty mechanics at the RAC or a garage. How can someone fix a problem like that on the internet?I know very little about how to fix a gearbox issue which I'm sure is the case for the vast the majority of the misc, hence why I'm asking you why didn't you just take your car to a garage rather than ask for help on a deals forum. I'm 17 and my Aston Martin Vantage reverses without any problems. [/COLOR]



    Cant afford to go to a garage. I know very little about cars. Anyway, whatever im getting a recond gearbox
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