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I've had an Elise for 3 years now. Within the last week I noticed that sometimes while downshifting from 3rd to 2nd I feel much less resistance than usual going into 2nd gear. Usually I feel some resistance and notchiness before the gear lever finally goes into gear. When the "problem" happens it I don't much resistance at all, and no notchiness, it feels like I missed the gear, but it is in gear.

Any ideas what is going on?
 

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Chris have you just gotten really good at rev-matching before moving the lever into place? The closer you are to the right rpm, the less work the synchronizers have to do.
 

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It's gotten better and you're complaining?
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One day at the track last year, I went from the typical knotchiness to a vague feeling, followed by an inability to determine whether the car was in gear or not. Turned out all that driving on a hot track in my turbo car had lead to heat soak and literal melting of the sheath around the transmission cables. Replaced them and placed a lot of heat sheild around them and now it's fine. I don't know if this is your problem or not but it sounds vaguely familiar.
 

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Well I am trying to rev match, but I'm not double clutching so I didn't think the rev matching would make it easier to move the lever, just less slipage/jerking when the clutch engages.

I'd take consistent over occaisionally better any day. Just wondering if it is an early indication of a problem since I only have a few days of warentee left.
 

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Pull your console and check all the fasteners. I had a similar issue when the car was under warranty. Turns out the dealer in California that did the shifter recall did a sloppy job and some of the shifter fasteners were coming loose. Dealer in Atlanta put it back right.
 

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I had a similar problem with the horizontal bolt in the shifter coming loose. Pull the tunnel and check out the torque on the bolts, the cable ends, etc.
 

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Give it to me for a couple of sessions at MSR and I'll get her to grind!
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Update: Car is fixed. Overseas had to replace a shift cable under warrantee. Shifting feels better than new now.
 

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Nice.

Show of hands... how many people picked their car up from Overseas today?

:coolnana:
 

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Glad to know I was right, yet again.:cool:
umm. see post #2, you know, three prior to yours...
cables?
try searching some combo of
cable* tran* shift*
-poke-

oh, and this make two expert internet mechanic diagnoses for me today. :clap: (the catastrophic oil leak thread is the other)

:nanner:

;) ;) ;)

too bad i can't fix things in real life.
 

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umm. see post #2, you know, three prior to yours...


-poke-

oh, and this make two expert internet mechanic diagnoses for me today. :clap: (the catastrophic oil leak thread is the other)

:nanner:

;) ;) ;)

too bad i can't fix things in real life.

I'm sorry ace, I thought you were probably ignoring me.






No, I'm not sure what that means, really, I just had nothing else brighter to say.:D
 
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