My car (2002 9-3 SE) was shifting really well prior to me blowing up the transmission (don't ask...).
While waiting for the used, low milage replacement transmission, I decided to install a new front engine mount and the GS short shifter. The other mounts look OK but the front one was saggin so much I could hardly get an 8mm allen wrench in to the bolt to undo it.
I now have horrible shifting.
I realigned the shift linkage about 40 times yesterday afternoon - and i can now get all the gears, most of the time but it feels horrible.
The last time I re-installed the old tranny after an engine rebuild, I left the slave cylinder plunger in the out position so when I pushed the tranny in it burped up a bunch of brake fluid. The end result was fine in that case - really smooth shifting but this time I left the slave in the *in* position after bleeding it. I hope I did not do that incorrectly...or am I right to think that if the shifting is just as bad when parked with the engine off, that it points to linkage or engine mount issues?
Maybe replacing just the one mount highlights the others sagging and makes for bad shifting?
Or maybe my GS short shifter is out of spec?
Could my replacement tranny be junk? I paid extra for a *very* low miles one.
I know I have not made this easy to diagnose changing so many variables at once.
Thanks for any tips.
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