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Old 12-06-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Stuck in reverse?

Hey, I have a 99 mustang Gt 5speed and just starting a few days ago I've had this problem where when I try to get out of reverse the shifter won't let me, it feels like it's the shifter at least idk, the only way I've been able to get out of reverse when it does this is either to force it really hard, or let the car stall and start it again, or turn the engine off and start it again. Any ideas on what could be wrong?
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Just in reverse? Sounds like your clutch is not engaging if it's able to shift out with car off.
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Just in reverse? Sounds like your clutch is not engaging if it's able to shift out with car off.
What could I do to fix it? And it's engaging for every other gear just fine
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Does anyone know what I could do
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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Check the shifter bushing or shifter itself. Might be a problem with the shifter itself not allowing you to go from reverse to any gear.
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Strange. Reverse always seems to be a problem with these cars. It's usually getting them into reverse, not taking them out, though.
So it goes into reverse smoothly?
I'd start with the "cheap fixes" first. Try adjusting the clutch quadrant by pulling up on the clutch pedal and then slowly depress it all the way to the floor.
Next would be a drain and refill of the transmission with the recommended amount of oil for a T45.
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Check the shifter bushing or shifter itself. Might be a problem with the shifter itself not allowing you to go from reverse to any gear.

Ok I'll try that

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Strange. Reverse always seems to be a problem with these cars. It's usually getting them into reverse, not taking them out, though. So it goes into reverse smoothly? I'd start with the "cheap fixes" first. Try adjusting the clutch quadrant by pulling up on the clutch pedal and then slowly depress it all the way to the floor. Next would be a drain and refill of the transmission with the recommended amount of oil for a T45.

Ya it goes into reverse just fine and sometimes it comes out fine, but other times it gets stuck, but I didn't think manuals had transmission fluid?
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Ok I'll try that ---------- Post added at 09:59 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:57 AM ---------- Ya it goes into reverse just fine and sometimes it comes out fine, but other times it gets stuck, but I didn't think manuals had transmission fluid?
Yeah try what they said and if doesn't work and you drain and refill, make sure you use ATF
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It seems like it doesn't get stuck if I completely let off the clutch while backing up but if I don't let up on the clutch all the way then it gets stuck and I have to back up some more to get it unstuck which can be a problem of there's a car in back if me
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Welcome to the wonderful world of the T-45 transmission. Reverse issues on these are a known issue and if you are having trouble getting OUT of reverse... likely rebuild time. All 5 spds I've had have I've had to do the 1st, 1st, reverse trick to get them INTO reverse at times but getting out is the big T-45 issue.
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There is a TSB regarding this issue; TSB 01-23-05
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So do I have to replace the whole transmission or just the shift fork?
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So do I have to replace the whole transmission or just the shift fork?
Just the shift fork, just like it says in the TSB...
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However at that point depending on the milage it is probably a good idea to just get it rebuilt although the 99-01 T-45s were a little better than the 96-98 variety. Ask me how I know...
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However at that point depending on the milage it is probably a good idea to just get it rebuilt although the 99-01 T-45s were a little better than the 96-98 variety. Ask me how I know...
How do you know?
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Lets see I've been able to powershift EVERY T-5 I've ever owned, every 3650 I've driven and even my stupid 3550 (TKO) if I slammed it hard enough. This thing... granny shifting or bust. Going to get swapped out with something else this spring, still debating on what or even just getting it redone with all billet internals. Problem is nobody makes aftermarket gears out of better alloys like they do with the T-5 and 3650. Probably going A5, or auto...
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Yeah. I used to like the way my T5 shifted. It was kind of weak though. Even behind a 2.3 turbo. Gosh. That was a long time ago...
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I thought it went without saying that it would be pretty silly to pull a transmission to replace a shift fork, and then while it's open not inspect the other components to determine their serviceability--and repair/replace those that are no up to par...
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I thought it went without saying that it would be pretty silly to pull a transmission to replace a shift fork, and then while it's open not inspect the other components to determine their serviceability--and repair/replace those that are no up to par...
Lol c'mon now I'm sure you've seen some of the things ppl do to save money.
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