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Old 03-31-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Shifting is harder and harder... Front mount?

Hi,

I noticed that it's gettign harder and harder to shift into lower gears (downshifting to 1st takes good 5-10 sec of trying)

Can failed front engine mount be responsible for that?
I know it's time to change my FE mount, car has 68k miles and I do have vibrations at 3krpm... I just wonder if something else could be causing lower gear shifting stiffness... 1st to 2nd.. is harder but doable.. downshifting to 1st... I'd rather drive <1K RPM in 2nd gear then try to down shift

If I'm stopped everything is smooth, it's also smoother at very low speeds

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Old 03-31-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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Sounds like a clutch more than an engine mount, although the mount could be aggravating the situation. Do a search and you'll find some threads on how to test your clutch.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:28 PM   #3
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That's what I thought also in the beginning.. but after doing clutch tests it seems ok

I don't get any slipping in high gears and if car is not moving (or moving very slowly) shifting is ok..

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Old 03-31-2010, 07:15 PM   #4
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Google Pedro's Garage. He has good info on front engine mount. I'd expect a bad clutch to slip in higher gears from low rpm.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:01 PM   #5
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Do the front engine mount and see if it helps. It's a cheap part (it's a 987 part for all Boxsters now) and procedure should only be 2 hours labour. It will fix your 3100 vibration, give more immediate throttle response, and should improve shifting - if shifting still needs some work, at least you've done the mount and taken that out of the equation.

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