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Ford Focus: I have a 2000 ford focus, a few weeks ago i replaced

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I have a 2000 ford focus, a few weeks ago i replaced the clutch and it has been driving fine. Apart from the chatter in the transmission from before the clutch change.
last night in the parking lot of a store my wife was driving, she came to a stop sign, when she went to take off the car would'nt drive, it felt like a giant bungie cord was attached to the rear bumper. when she put it neutral and let off the clutch the car died, like she was in first gear and did'nt give it gas. Any ideas? Shift cables need adjustment?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
This happens in 1st gear and reverse.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Chris. Thanks for seeking us for help.
Both issues, bungee and stall, appear to be to blame on the shifter and linkage and hopefully not the linkage inside the transaxle. Below is a file with the adjustment steps, can you look over the linkage to see if its out of adjustment, disconnected, or broken.
There is an IB5 and MTX manual trans available, I included the steps for both.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I looked over the entire cable and all connections, nothing is damaged, or disconnected. Unfortunayely i do not have the ford specialty tool for locking the shifter into the neutral position. But with the shifter put in neutral and the trans. Gear selectors both in the vertical position i have unlocked and locked the adjusters at the trans. Will this work or do i need a second person inside holding the shifter in the neutral position while adjusting?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.
I would use a second person, we no longer have the tool at my dealership either and I just get a helper.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok, so i adjusted the cables with my wife holding the shifter in palce and it kinda works in 1st gear now but reverse is still not engaging properly. Is it possible that bad trans. Fluid is causing the gesr forks to bind?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.
The trans oil will have no bearing on this issue. I suggest tat this point to disconnect the shift linkage from the transaxle and test the vehicle on stands manually shifting the trans with out the shifter and cables able to influence the situation to try and narrow down whats to blame.