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#1 Matt99SVT

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 01:50 AM

OK Car Info: 1999 Ford Contour SVT w/48000 miles, tranny and engine have been replaced once under warranty, engine was just rebuilt in november due to spun rod bearing.

New Problem: I get in my car and the shifter is stuck in what looks like fourth or reverse, I can't tell which. At first if I let the clutch out it would grind a little like it wasn't in gear, so I push on the shifter hard and it moves into what looks like third, now it will engage in a gear, I didn't move the car but I could feel it engage. Now I can move the shifter between 3rd and 4th and it engages in both gears but I can't find neutral and the shifter will not move left or right.

I read about the focus tower but my car has ball joints where the cables attach to the transmission, I'm thinking this was the 'revised' transmission they installed when the clutch and pressure plate broke in 2000.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 05:21 AM

....if the 'tower' the cables attach to is gold in color and has a plastic cover you have the later type...if its ally you dont...

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 05:56 AM

yes it is the later type then

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 12:26 AM

ok i pulled the 'tower' off the transmission and the piece that moves through the gate (that had the bolt in it on the old style tower) does not move with the shaft anymore. can i get a new tower from you Terry? and if so how much?

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 12:36 AM

terry, it is possible for him to put a pre 98 rod shift into his car (just curious...)

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 12:56 AM

StockTour,

Why would you want to do that? The cable system is totally BETTER than the rod shift. That's like trading in the Contour for a Hyundai?? That shifter was criticized by every car mag until they eventually redesigned it (cable).

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 01:02 AM

....the tower is a standard Ford part,get the part # off it and you could get it cheaper from Bill J,strange for the later style to break the 'roll pin'....yes he could fit a rod shift in place of a cable but the floor has to be modded for the revised lever assy and the trans mount changes etc...I like the feel of the rod shift myself....

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 01:14 AM

cool thanks for all the info, i got the part # XS4Z7201DB my dealearship in town wants 421.94 told me 383.58, Ford parts online 306.86

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 01:43 AM

STOP ..that is the late Contour tower......get the Focus part XS4Z---CD at around $160 and change the cable ends...saves a bit ($$$).

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 02:20 AM

what's involved in changing the cable ends?

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 02:29 AM

...you can either get the black & white Focus cable ends that match the 2000 focus tower(the #I gave you) or grind the back of the pins off on your existing tower,tap them out the levers and do the same on the new focus tower and spot weld the pins(vs the 'ball ends') into your new tower and keep the existing 'pin type' cable ends....the only change between the focus & your existing tower is the pin Vs ball cable end and $150+ cost extra on the Contour tower!

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 02:32 AM

but doesn't the new style contour one have the ball ends on it?

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 02:38 AM

.....even the style you have has the pin ends,the number you gave is for the gold ,steel late type with pin ends,the # I gave is the same as the Focus and has ball ends...your ends are for the pin type....

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 02:40 AM

ok cool are the ends easy to change?

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Posted 21 February 2004 - 05:05 AM

ok the new cable ends did not fit my cables, they acted like they were going to fit but when i move shifter around the cables slip in the ends. is there another part # that fits my cables or do i need to change out my cables? for right now i pulled the ball socket out of the white cable end and it fit in my old end but the black end i couldn't do that with. the old ends had small holes for the cables and the new ends had big square holes

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Posted 21 February 2004 - 01:23 PM

ah the age old dillemna, square peg, round hole...what to do!!!...

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 03:59 AM

well the cables have a keyed end and the new cable ends have a big square hole, but i made it work for now, a little cutting and epoxy does wonders. I'd like to know if they make ends that fit right or if maybe there is a bushing or something that fills the square hole in the focus cable ends that I don't have.