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Guest Message by DevFuse

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'84 GL AWD worn synchros in third?

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#1 friendlyfallenfoe



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:37 PM


Salutations! First post on here. I just purchased the lovely Ethel pictured above. The car's great, she's been taken care of, but I've been having problems with third gear. EA81, 4WD, 4-speed. Grinds and kicks out of gear if I shift too quickly. Even successful shifts are occasionally painful (a hard knock when the gears engage, generally). I'm assuming it's just worn synchros, courtesy of a 30-year old transmission. I've read into it a bit, and it seems that this issue is fairly common? Any advice or suggestion is appreciated. If I shift slowly and firmly, I can usually avoid grinding. My primary concern is this affecting the longevity of the car. 

friendlyfallenfoe on behalf of Ethel, my 1984 GL hatchback. 

#2 Crazyeights



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:23 PM

Changing the fluid may help, as will adding 1 quart per service of Rislone engine oil additive to the trans. In my experince regular high grade 75w-90 NON synth will work best. In the end you will probably want to search the many very popular "5 speed swap" threads on here. That alone will make a new car out of it IHO. 

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