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    More Grinding?

    I just recently bought an 02 Wrx. Love it, But recently I've started noticing... a 1st gear grind.... Now I've done some searching around the forum, And answers have varied.
    Here's what I can tell you:
    1.)I dont believe its the clutch, It's not slipping at all, And the whole tranny was replaced at 88k, Cars now at 122k.
    2.)The car ONLY grinds into first. Not even all the time, But it still happens enough to bug me. Even if it feels like I've got the clutch jammed to the floor.
    3.)Everything else is smooth running, all gears shift smooth just first.

    So what do you guys think it is? New fluids? And if so any recommendations? Anything need total overhaul? I love this car, But this grind is frustrating me. I'm taking any suggestions here, Hell if any of you are close enough, come over and take a look, I just want the problem gone. I hate seeing the Subi like this...

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    Start with a fluid change to Subaru Extra S fluid. Let us know if it still happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Start with a fluid change to Subaru Extra S fluid. Let us know if it still happens.
    I'm guessing I can pick this up at the Stealership?

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    Does it grind going into first while your sitting still or just moving? Most wrx that year and a few years later just seemed to do that, mine did. There was nothing wrong with it, just wouldn't allow me to downshift into first at any speed above 5mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjm1991 View Post
    Does it grind going into first while your sitting still or just moving? Most wrx that year and a few years later just seemed to do that, mine did. There was nothing wrong with it, just wouldn't allow me to downshift into first at any speed above 5mph.
    Only at a stop so far.

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    Lots of them do it once in a while. No idea how to fix it.
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    It does it in mine too. 02

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    In your experience, guys that have had this happen, how much damage is it doing? I dont want to destroy the car. Like I said, only at a stop, from neutral to first.

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    Does a wrx first gear have a synchro? I've never rebuilt a tranny in one. If so you may just have a bad synchro. Mine only grinded while going into first at like 5+mph
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjm1991 View Post
    Does a wrx first gear have a synchro? I've never rebuilt a tranny in one. If so you may just have a bad synchro. Mine only grinded while going into first at like 5+mph
    Of course it has a synchro! (just not a very good one)
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Of course it has a synchro! (just not a very good one)
    That may be his problem. Sorry I've rebuilt a couple trannys that didn't have a 1st gear one so was making sure before I sounded dumb So OP you CAN shift into 1st while your moving? That's as odd as your grinding from neutral to 1st
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    It's hit or miss, sometimes I can knock it down from second easily, sometimes it doesn't want to go, so I don't force it.

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    Try this: clutch down, shift into 2nd and then straight forward into 1st, with no stop in neutral... Might work to stop the shaft and wheels and not needing the synchro of the 1st gear... But still the recommended fluid change and no brute force shifting.
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