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This is a discussion on loss of third gear and severe grinding in other gears within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hi there, I've just loss third gear on my 1993 wrx sti impreza, and it is severly grinding in all ...

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    Hi there, I've just loss third gear on my 1993 wrx sti impreza, and it is severly grinding in all the other gears!! any ideas on the problem? and whats the best route to take to solve this??
    Many thanks WYN

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    If you lost third gear (aka, you broke the teeth off the gear) you will certainly need to have it rebuilt. If it is anything like the current STi transmissions, all the gears are aligned without and walls / dividers / supports between the sets so you are probably having the bits that broke off of third get between the teeth of the other gears.

    You will need to stop driving it and get it rebuilt or else you will risk causing a lot more damage to the internals of the transmission.

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    Thanks for that!!wasnt actually beeing too hard on the box at the time!!! with it beeing an old car do you think it would be a cheaper option to get a reconditioned unit from ebay or take my gearbox off and get it seen to by a specialist??
    I only drove the car about half a mile home so hopefully no damage was done!!!

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    Getting a reconditioned transmission from ebay could be an option for you if you're able to find it on there. Since the transmission will need to be removed either way, there will be a fixed labor associated with the removal and installation - it will just come down to buying reconditioned vs. rebuild.

    A rebuild will be the cost of the transmission and shipping for a crated item.

    I personally would take it to a good transmission shop (one that I know or was recommended) and have it rebuilt since I'd rather pay a little more and know the history. Include a flatbed tow price to the cost for this.

    You will be the one deciding, so weigh what is best for you. Consider if you have the money for either, will you do any removal and installation yourself, do you have another car to drive for now, how soon do you need/want it done, etc.

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