98 escort zx2 transmission

i have a 98 zx2 w/a 5 speed and the shifter seems really loose in the gears, im wondering if this is natural or if it might indicate a problem. thanks

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On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 06:42:45 GMT, "stephen.young"

The normal situation is the shift linkage gets tight. Then some clown decides to free it up with a little heat, and melts out the plastic bushings.
You need to rebuild the linkage - takes a set of plastic bushings, a set of metal sleaves, and a set of new bolts and nylock nuts - plus an hour or so of work.
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This problem may indicate that the transmission linkage (the shifting arm that you use to shift gears while driving)may be faulty. You might check under the car in the area below the shift arm to check if there is any free movement in the linkage hooked to the transmission (which is connected to the shifting arm inside of the car). Sojmething may have loosened, or worn to the extent that the linkage may need to be replaced. Failing that there could be something wrong with the transmission itself.
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