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This is a discussion on grinding in first gear? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; hey gang. i have an 04 wrx. when i am at a complete stop, and push the clutch in to ...

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    hey gang. i have an 04 wrx. when i am at a complete stop, and push the clutch in to the floor, the gears sometimes grinds when i put it in first. everything in it is bone stock. no aftermarket parts. any ideas on what this could be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kord9 View Post
    hey gang. i have an 04 wrx. when i am at a complete stop, and push the clutch in to the floor, the gears sometimes grinds when i put it in first. everything in it is bone stock. no aftermarket parts. any ideas on what this could be?
    one of 3 things... Your clutch is going out. Your clutch throw isn't adjusted properly. Or your 1st gear synchro is going out.

    How many miles on it? Original clutch?
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    /\ what he said. First gear has always been a common problem. Also try checking/flushing the hydrolic clutch master cylinder and tranny fluid.
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    i just got the car on thursday. it had one owner. it is on the original clutch and has 66k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kord9 View Post
    i just got the car on thursday. it had one owner. it is on the original clutch and has 66k.
    Clutch is probably going out. Do you know how to check whether or not the clutch is going out? There are a few simple ways to check for it.
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    no i dont know anything about maintenance with cars. im hoping to learn alot on this forum. what are the simple ways to check if the clutch is going out?

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    How to Tell If Your Clutch Is Going Bad | eHow.com


    In addition, if the clutch is fully engaged, and you punch the gas in a higher gear at a low speed (try 3rd at 15mph), and the engine RPM increases without the car speeding up, and you smell an acidic pungent odor, then it's probably the clutch
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    Quote Originally Posted by kord9 View Post
    i just got the car on thursday. it had one owner. it is on the original clutch and has 66k.
    didn't you notice this problem when you before you bought the car and test drove it....

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    So I guess I should check my clutch too .. I always attributed it to the fact that I didn't push in the clutch far enough ..
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    no it didnt happen when i test drove it. i also had my buddy who is a mechanic drive it and it wasnt happening. i tried that thing you mentioned about shifting from 1st to 3rd at 15mph and flooring it. nothing happened. the car just kind of bogged and slowly accelerated. but the RPM's didnt go up. i thought maybe at first i wasnt pusing in the clutch all of the way. i had a 97 ford escort before this and that has a cable clutch. so i figured i just needed to adjust to the hydraulic clutch. but i have sat there with my car parked, pushed in the clutch, put it in gear and it would still grind. i noticed it really only happens if i put it into 1st rather quickly. so i try to take my time in doing it.

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    sorry to slightly threadjack but i have a related question.

    When accelerating in first then having to slow again (two stop signs close together) i push the clutch in and leave it in first when as i slow. While doing this there is a whining noise (sounds like the synchros) but no grinding. Could this mean my syncros is going? If so how is that fixed?

    I would have started a new thread but it seems like that could relate and help the other questions present in this thread
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    You're fine buddy.


    If your synchro is gone there will be grinding between gears, and you'll have to rev-match to get it into gear smoothly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    You're fine buddy.


    If your synchro is gone there will be grinding between gears, and you'll have to rev-match to get it into gear smoothly.
    just what i suspected and wanted to hear, Thanks. and op, good luck with your issue
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