i am beginner driver, sometimes when i shift into second gear too fast ,i didn't push stick it all the way and after release the clutch you could hear the scratch sound ,stick vibration and after few seconds gear popped out into neutral.i don't do all the time, but on occasion it does happen at my fault. could this be cause to kill synchro ring ?

  • +1 to this question because I too, am a beginner driver :) . Also, could be edited to ask more broadly "what are the implications of grinding a shift?" Mar 18, 2019 at 19:31
  • I know 4 gears : crunch 1st and crunch 2nd.... Consequence is "drain gearbox and refill with teeth"...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 18, 2019 at 20:33

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If you can get the gear to "stick" on the synchro ring and try to drive the car until it pops out of gear, I think either you are holding the gear stick in position (which is a bad habit) or the gearbox must be getting worn or badly adjusted.

If the synchro is working properly, it should "pull" the stick fully into gear, unless you are gripping the stick tightly. Learn to just "push" the stick in the direction you want to move it, and don't grip it tightly with your fingers or keep your hand on it after you have moved it.

If you are changing from 3rd to 2nd, guide the stick in three separate movements (down - left - down), don't try to grip it and force it straight to where you think second gear is.

For the question in the comment, accidentally grinding a shift won't do any serious damage so long as you don't grip the stick hard and try to force it to go where it doesn't want to. If you just "let go" of the stick when you hear the crunch, and try again, you will be very unlucky if you break anything.

With a modern gearbox it's not difficult to change gear without crunching and without using the clutch at all, if you get the rhythm of moving the stick and gas pedal (to match the engine revs) working together properly. You only need the clutch to start the car moving. But don't try practising that while you are still learning to drive. Leave it until you can change gear using the clutch without crunching 999 times out of 1000, and without having to think about what you are doing.

  • Thanks for the detailed answer :) . However my concern mainly stems from slamming second... from redline. I bought my car used, and so it seems that the second gear syncho has become rather tired with age, and there's a brief hesitation before second gear gets selected (only noticeable with fast shifts). Since there's a bit of force involved, I was thinking that the shift collar slips right over the synchro ring and grinds directly against the yet-to-be synchronized second gear. Wouldn't this gradually cause wear of the shift collar and second gear? Mar 18, 2019 at 21:20
  • I do of course let go and try to go a little slower with my next try, but it's still something that's been in the back of my head for a while. 🤔 Mar 18, 2019 at 21:22

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