TeamSwift

Home of the Suzuki mini-compacts ! Your Home for all things Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Holden Barina, Chevy Sprint, Pontiac Firefly, and Suzuki Cultus. TeamSwift is a technical performance oriented community!
It is currently Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:38 pm

Underbody braces, turbos and more!

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: 98 Swift tranny problems
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:40 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:22 pm
Posts: 2
Location: USA
My father in law has a 98 swift that is having problems with the transmission. He used the car to commute to work, but doesn't want to put any money into it and wants to just get rid of it. He offered it to me if I want to try and fix it, but I want to make sure its reasonable to try and fix it before I accept it.

So, 98 swift, 5 speed manual, about 150k miles.

Second gear won't engage, and hasn't since he bought the car several years ago. It just grinds. I am assuming that the syncro on the gear is bad (cracked, worn, etc.).

Last week 4th and 5th gears developed a whine (reason he is done with car). It whines only if you are in gear, clutch engaged AND the gas pressed. If you let off the gas, the whine stops. If you press the clutch in, it stops. The sound itself has a rotational? quality to it. Its not a nails on chalk board kind of sound, but more like a dremel lightly going over a piece of metal. The sound gets a little higher pitched, maybe a little louder the higher the rpms.

I am assuming that the transmission just needs to be rebuilt, but I would like any input as to what is going on, and if there are any surprises I should be on the look out for?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:20 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 23, 2003 4:16 am
Posts: 8033
Location: Ontario, Canada
Welcome to TS and thanks for posting in the correct forum.

For some reason, the trans in those cars (98+) are more trouble prone than the other years. Any one from a Swift/Metro 89-01 will bolt in. The only differences are one mount bolt, and the different final drive ratios. You can find that info in this section. It probably makes more sense for you to buy a good used one for $100-$200 and install it. It's a simple job, and those are very good cars.

_________________
Contact 3tech: g10pro@rocketmail.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:22 pm
Posts: 2
Location: USA
Awesome.... $100-200 is a lot more doable. I was looking at the cost to rebuilt it myself and figured between $500-600, which I just don't have right now, and probably not anytime soon.

$100-200 I might be able to swing.

I am fairly adept at mechanical things, but I have never done anything with a transmission. When you say to buy a good used one, what am I looking for to get a good used one?

Am I just calling junk yards and relying on their opinion of the transmission? Are there threads with all the information I am looking for that I should have read already? LOL

Thanks for the fast reply, BTW, I have posted questions in other forums (for both the swift, and other cars) and not gotten any replies.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:10 pm
Posts: 880
Location: Vancouver, WA
go to a pick and pull type yard. regular junkyards will rape you on the price of the trans.


fwiw mine lost second a few weeks after i rebuilt it. engagement got worse over time and eventually nothing was there. when i rebuilt the one with my 1.6 swap nothing was different and is fine to this day. i dont know what happened with the other one.

_________________
98 swift 1.6 16v swap
03 cobra bolt ons
97 3000gt vr4 e85, high comp, bolt ons
too many others to list


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:53 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 23, 2003 4:16 am
Posts: 8033
Location: Ontario, Canada
Look in the for sale section here, and on Geo metro forum.
You have the 3.79-1 final drive trans. Unless you're really worried about highway RPM, the 4.10 will work fine, and will make it feel a little quicker. The 4.39 will definitley make it quicker, but also increase the RPM everywhere. My son and I both use the 4.39-1 trans. You have some options.

Something else you might find interesting

viewtopic.php?f=30&t=48005

viewtopic.php?f=30&t=42070

You have a Mark 5 car (MK5)

_________________
Contact 3tech: g10pro@rocketmail.com


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group