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Old 06-23-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Notchy shifting w/ new OEM shifter?

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I'm new to this site and hoping for some help/advise. As luck would have it, right before my warranty expired last Dec my original shifter broke. Ford replaced it. Upon leaving the dealership I noticed it wasn't shifting like the original, which was always very smooth. The new one was pretty rigid and shifting has become a PITA, driving is not fun anymore! I thought maybe shifters need to be broken in - 500 miles later it still sucks. I never complained to Ford and I figure it's too late now.

It's hard to explain but when you try to shift into the next gear it's almost a two part process. When I shift, you almost have to push it in first (which seems like it's only half way there, then again into gear). Almost like a clunk-clunk. You can't hear it, but you can feel it. It does this for all gears. You also have to use a good amount of force. It's making shifting take twice as long as it should. My clutch is fully engaged as well when shifting. As I said, the original was very smooth up until it broke.

I don't know much about the anatomy of shifters, that's why I'm here. I'm thinking about replacing the whole unit w/ a MGW, but if there's a cheaper fix, I'd like to hear it. Could it be a bad bushing?

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What's the dealer say? Warranty work should come with a parts/labor warranty, perhaps 12 months or so.
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Try the dealer but consider putting in a braided clutch line. It's on sale on AM this month and it's an inexpensive mod. Make sure you use magnets when removing the clips though. Lot's of people lose them and never find them. Lol
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The dealer may have changed the lower block that sits on the bottom of the shifter also, the stock one was junk and complete mush. This would explain the firmer shifts, most view this as a positive.
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Jrapo, I haven't brought this issue up with the dealer. The first dealership I took her to (when I realized something was wrong/broken) said the shifter was fine and it was normal, which I knew was nonsense. They said several techs drove it and they all said it was ok. The second dealership I went to, the service manager drove her from around back and said immediately it was "sloppy" and he went ahead and replaced the part.

I wasn't aware there was a warranty that came w/ warranty work. I'll contact them tomorrow. Hopefully I can get this fixed. This issue has been such a PITA I've considered trading her in. THANK YOU!
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The dealer may have changed the lower block that sits on the bottom of the shifter also, the stock one was junk and complete mush. This would explain the firmer shifts, most view this as a positive.
The original shifter was very smooth, I could shift without thinking about it. This new one, as I said, makes shifting a headache. Instead of a smooth and effortless shift, you have to pull it down, then pull it down again to get from 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th etc. Believe me, this is not a positive/wanted change.
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Actually it appears Ford dealer work is covered by a 24 month warranty!

http://www.autonews.com/article/2013...oreUserAgent=1

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Thanks Jrapo!!!!
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Binks, is there anyway you could post a video of your issue?
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Binks, is there anyway you could post a video of your issue?
I can try this evening.

I emailed the service mgr that took care of my last complaint. Waiting to see what he says.
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It seems to me what you're saying is what many have achieved with an upgraded shifter bushing and as someone has said previously, a lot of people want that feeling you have in your shifter. I think it would help clear up the confusion of what's going on.
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