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Old 05-31-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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2014 V6 shift issues

I have a Barton short throw shifter and steel bracket installed on my mustang. One of the main reasons that I upgraded my shifter was so that it wouldn't lock me out of 1st gear anymore, and it wouldn't be so difficult engaging into 1st gear. The issue still remains. I brought it to the Ford dealership and they were able to duplicate the 1st gear lockout/difficulty engaging. They told me to put some more miles on the car and then see if it has broken in yet. I have 5,000 miles now. Does anyone know of a good way to break in 1st gear so it's not locking me out and giving me difficulty engaging? Thanks for the help.
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if you have problems finding 1st that can be an issue with all cars (MT-82 is fussy though) I suggest going into 2nd/then up to 1st. Try that also make sure the clutch is fully depressed
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Thanks for the reply. I tried 2nd to 1st a few weeks ago but after awhile, it still locked me out of 1st when downshifting from 2nd.
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I would have third gear lock out under load but since I've upgraded the shifter bracket to the Barton one I rarely get lock out anymore. When I do change the OEM shifter I'll be going with MGW, its a little more expensive but it also replaces the bottom half of the shifter as the Barton will only reduce throw distance and IMO doesn't help.

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Are you going into first while moving? How fast? Anything more than a slight roll you should stay in 2nd and it will practically lock you out of first to prevent damage.

I've been locked out of first at a stop a couple of time, but its rare.
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If I am moving when going into 1st, it's just a slight roll. That is when 1st gear seems very stiff. Other times I notice that after I back up into a parking space and I am wanting to leave the car in 1st all day to park, 1st gear is sometimes stiff but usually leads to a lockout when I am at a complete stop.
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