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Old 07-18-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

Hey all. I'm mechanically pretty adept, do all of the work on my Mustang. At 60k, replaced the clutch plate, disc, etc as I was having rough shifts. The car is now 108k. Having just done my diff & trans fluids, the car is hard tough to shift. The gears were always a little rough, but now the problem has worsened. Currently:

Intermittent grinding from 4-5.
Consistent grinding from 1-2 @3500+ rpm. (if I allow the clutch more time, it will not grind 1-2)
During the winter, could not get from N-R unless car was warmed up, 20mins.

Cable is near the bottommost tooth on the quad, seems to have some slack. Do not believe there's any preload whatsoever. I did adjust cable closer to final tooth, only changed peddle position: did not help with gear grinding.

Also of note, having a helper push the pedal to the floor, I can still push the release lever further beneath the car. Again, is this cable stretched and it's not completely disengaging the clutch?

Thus, do "we" think it's a clutch cable replacement, or something with the trans?
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

what fluid did you use?
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

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what fluid did you use?
Trans? Ford factory fluid, ATF I believe? (Strange they use ATF in a Manual, but anyhow...)

Rear dif? Mobil1 90W gear oil, always have.
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

What trans come in those cars?
Almost sounds like its low on fluid.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:05 PM   #5
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

T45, I believe. I tried Redline back at 60k, had the worst shifting ever. Went back to Ford OEM in the same week. Filled it then (and now) until it spills from the fill plug, would believe it's as full as it's supposed to be. Shifting has always been rough, just not as rough as it is now.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:20 PM   #6
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

Do your self a favor and go ahead and get yourself a Clutch Quadrant and a firewall adjuster. You will thank me.
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American Muscle have there brand in a kit for around $100.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:29 PM   #7
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

I wondered if the quadrant was the issue, and/or the cable. The quadrant appears intact, but I believe the cable has slacked itself out. I've been reading about the aftermarket quad & firewall adjusters, and wondered what their gain was? Do they give faster depression of the plate allowing faster shifts?
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

My friend the stock quad sucks you will feel a world of difference and will wanna buy me a beer after the swap
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

feel a difference in what area specifically? Is the shift smoother? Less resistance in the clutch pedal? If it's the key to my shifting issue, I'm sold. I don't at this point know if it's the synchronizers or the clutch cable, or what.
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

Pedal will feel much more solid and the firewall adjuster will fine tune the cable.
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Re: 2000 V6 clutch/shifting issue

Transmission shop diagnosed the issue: syncros and bearings. Work completed, took the car home, $1100 poorer.

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