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Old 07-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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I have a 2006 V-6, 5-speed coupe, love it but shifting has become very difficult getting in to first, second and reverse. Is this a clutch adjustment issue? If so, how can I easily adjust the clutch myself ... or do I have to take it to the dealer? Please no private message to the forum ... via the thyread or my own email listed below my name ... thanks.
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Does it get cold where you live? Mine was like that last winter. Had to drive double clutching sometimes, especially shifting to reverse. Now that it's warm, the problem seems to have gone away. Might be something getting worn out.
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It has been doing this for awhile, cold or warm weather and getting worse. It's not going away. I've read that it may be a clutch cable issue and I'm curious about adjusting it. I have worked extensively on cars in the 1960's and 1970's but not new stuff and I'm a bit leery of doing so but not eager to go to the dealer until I'm a bit more up on the possibilities. ... thanks for your reply.
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Does it get cold where you live? Mine was like that last winter. Had to drive double clutching sometimes, especially shifting to reverse. Now that it's warm, the problem seems to have gone away. Might be something getting worn out.
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I have the same problem on my '09 v6. Reverse is okay though. There is a time function on reverse to prevent you from hitting it accidentally when coming out of fifth. Just wait a second before shifting into reverse. I believe that the owner's manual has something on that. Second is worse than first. The brake fluid reservoir also feeds the clutch. Change the fluid if it's older than two years, that has helped me. Old fluid gathers water.
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Thanks for your input ... I'll take a look at the fluid but the time thing isn't what's going on ... reverse and first are murder to get into. I did what someone on another forum suggested about pulling back on the clutch pedal as that automatically adjusts the clutch cable ... I heard a ratchet click and it does seem a little better ... but there is something more going on.
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I have the same problem on my '09 v6. Reverse is okay though. There is a time function on reverse to prevent you from hitting it accidentally when coming out of fifth. Just wait a second before shifting into reverse. I believe that the owner's manual has something on that. Second is worse than first. The brake fluid reservoir also feeds the clutch. Change the fluid if it's older than two years, that has helped me. Old fluid gathers water.
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I have the same issue with reverse. And actually all I do is slowly release the clutch at the same time I shift it to reverse. And it seems to work. U might give that a try?
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Thanks for your input ... I'll take a look at the fluid but the time thing isn't what's going on ... reverse and first are murder to get into. I did what someone on another forum suggested about pulling back on the clutch pedal as that automatically adjusts the clutch cable ... I heard a ratchet click and it does seem a little better ... but there is something more going on.
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I haven't heard about pulling back on the clutch pedal. I'll give that a try. Thanks for the tip.
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Thanks Alex, for the tip on getting your Mustang in to reverse. I'll try that but something is still wrong to make it hard to grab reverse and first ...we're talking about ways to deal with an issue but not cure it. I do appreciate the discussion, truly I do ... but we all shouldn't be having this issue.

StratStang and everyone ... here's a link to that clutch adjustment that I found online. My manual doesn't say anything about this as the link suggests though. I'd be curious if this pull back, self adjust works for anyone else. It improved my shifting issue but has not cured it. I'm reluctant to go to the dealer but that may be my next step.
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I haven't heard about pulling back on the clutch pedal. I'll give that a try. Thanks for the tip.
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That is very true. Actually I read online that changing the transmission fluid can actually fix the problem. And conviniently enough manual transmission use mercon v automatic transnission .fluid
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Thanks Alex,
A non-Mustang owner friend suggested the trans fluid change too. He said that it did wonders for his VW-something car. I hope to have time to chase this problem down in the coming week.
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That is very true. Actually I read online that changing the transmission fluid can actually fix the problem. And conviniently enough manual transmission use mercon v automatic transnission .fluid
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Thanks Alex, for the tip on getting your Mustang in to reverse. I'll try that but something is still wrong to make it hard to grab reverse and first ...we're talking about ways to deal with an issue but not cure it. I do appreciate the discussion, truly I do ... but we all shouldn't be having this issue.

StratStang and everyone ... here's a link to that clutch adjustment that I found online. My manual doesn't say anything about this as the link suggests though. I'd be curious if this pull back, self adjust works for anyone else. It improved my shifting issue but has not cured it. I'm reluctant to go to the dealer but that may be my next step.
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Okay, I tried this and it made a difference. First and second gears are definitely smoother. Less notchy for sure. Also I haven't experienced any gear lash going into second like I sometimes had before the adjustment.

On the down side, second, while better, still isn't great. Maybe the shifter is the problem.

One warning for those attempting this: I had the car turned off and in first gear, made the adjustment, started the car and took off up the street with the car in first. I had to pull like heck to get out of first and into second. Everything was fine immediately after. Moral of the story: put the car into neutral before attempting the adjustment. Sorry for being long winded.
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Glad to hear your stang is running smoother. U should race it to make sure its running how its supposed :p
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Glad to hear your stang is running smoother. U should race it to make sure its running how its supposed :p
Thought of that!!
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I'm glad to hear that this information has helped. My shifting issues are better too but not like they should be.
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Okay, I tried this and it made a difference. First and second gears are definitely smoother. Less notchy for sure. Also I haven't experienced any gear lash going into second like I sometimes had before the adjustment.

On the down side, second, while better, still isn't great. Maybe the shifter is the problem.

One warning for those attempting this: I had the car turned off and in first gear, made the adjustment, started the car and took off up the street with the car in first. I had to pull like heck to get out of first and into second. Everything was fine immediately after. Moral of the story: put the car into neutral before attempting the adjustment. Sorry for being long winded.
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