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Old 05-31-2015, 09:27 PM   #1
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Car will not go into any gear.

Hey I bought a 2004 Gt a couple day's ago. The only problem is the car is so difficult to get in all the gears and reverse grinds every single time before it goes in. I can get the car in gear but I'm basically forcing because it takes like 3 seconds every time and I'm putting a lot of effort in it. What could cause that? Would my clutch need adjusting or could it be possible all my syncros are out? I plan on taking it to the shop Tuesday and letting them see what they can do. The clutch is relatively new and I'm not sure if it matters but the clutch is super hard.


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Old 05-31-2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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Was the flywheel also checked? Can you put the car in gear with the engine off? (Like 1st gear when parking).
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Was the flywheel also checked? Can you put the car in gear with the engine off? (Like 1st gear when parking).

I haven't had a chance to get anything checked. Work has me tied up until Tuesday. Yes you can put in gear pretty easily when its off.


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Most likely the cable is ****ed. If its every gear its most likely not the trans because if it was then some gears would be fine and others not. Or whoever did the clutch borked it.


Symptoms tell me the clutch is not fully engaging though, probably some SR/Ebay cable in there...
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Most likely the cable is ****ed. If its every gear its most likely not the trans because if it was then some gears would be fine and others not. Or whoever did the clutch borked it.


Symptoms tell me the clutch is not fully engaging though, probably some SR/Ebay cable in there...

Is there any reason reverse is the only one that grinds for a second. Maybe the reverse syncro is bad?


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Put it in 1st prior to reverse and see if it still does it. I usually do 1st, 1st, reverse if I'm having issues. But yes the 5-R slider could be messed up.

Was the car doing this 2 days ago when you bought it?


And do not drive it until you get it looked at. Unless you want to really **** something up.
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Put it in 1st prior to reverse and see if it still does it. I usually do 1st, 1st, reverse if I'm having issues. But yes the 5-R slider could be messed up.

Was the car doing this 2 days ago when you bought it?


And do not drive it until you get it looked at. Unless you want to really **** something up.

I will try that and yea it was, I got a little off the price because of the problem. The guy who sold it to me said it just needed the clutch cable adjusted.


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They always say it's some quick easy fix....

But that's a good place to start. You mentioned the clutch was hard. Does it take an excessive amount of force or is it just heavy?


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They always say it's some quick easy fix....

But that's a good place to start. You mentioned the clutch was hard. Does it take an excessive amount of force or is it just heavy?


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It takes a lot of force lol. I'm like pushing back in the seat to help myself lol. I have the receipt to the clutch that was installed. He gave me a big booklet of paperwork of a lot of the work done. It's in the car though and I'm in bed atm.


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Even a heavy aftermarket clutch shouldn't take that much force. Definitely check the clutch cable, but I'd still want to check to see what's going on with the clutch.


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Most likely the cable is shot. Usually because someone installed an aftermarket cable. Aftermarket cables=no. OEM or MM(OEM) only.
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Ya, that's exactly what happened to me last summer and mine was just the cable was all f***** so I had to replace it. I got a whole new kit for around $70-$80 i wanta say. An it only took about 20 minutes to fix.


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My car was doing the exact same thing right after I put a new clutch in. Then I modified my clutch quadrant to pull more cable and it stopped doing that ****. In a perfect world, it should never grind while you are at a stand still. If you push the clutch in, nothing should be spinning at all under power except the engine, flywheel, and pressure plate.

I would bet its 100% your clutch cable. Every symptom you had was identical to mine when my clutch was not able to completely disengage. Get a new cable or get creative with your quadrant
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I also had thought it was a clutch cable, installed it and no luck. Turns out my spec stage 2 clutch plate decided to stick on the flywheel. Has your clutch been slipping at all lately? Just ordered the Exedy mach 400 clutch kit and she'll be ready to go!Click image for larger version

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Stuck to the flywheel? THat sucks man. what caused it?
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What caused it was probably that it was a Spec product...
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I'm thinking it being a spec product, haven't heard good things about them. Nothing but good reviews on the exedy's from what I've seen
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Make sure you install a new flywheel as well. And if you are not an 01+ model which already has an 11" setup, I recommend upgrading to that. Any modular Mustang can use the 11" flywheel/clutch setup.
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I put a Sachs clutch in and it is flawless thus far. If you are looking at cheap clutches, I recommend them
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Luk Gold for a budget clutch. $125 on Rockauto and is as good as the oem.

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^ Ill keep those in mind
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