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Old 11-05-2003, 12:54 AM   #1
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Ok heres the deal, Ive brought this issue up in a few other posts, so sorry if you've already read my issue. Its still happening and I need help! Bottom line problem is the ambient temperature outside dropped for winter now. Its around 36 degrees F on average, sometimes slightly warmer, slightly colder. My focus will absolutely not shift in this temperature. I remember last winter it was slightly harder to shift but this year you cant even drive the car its so bad. Its really not an inconvience, its a failure of the transmission. Its an MTX and when you put the clutch in and try to move the shifter out of gear, its stuck and will not move. Eventually you can kinda force it out and it feels spongy like normal but it kinda pops out and then you cannot get it to go back into any gear unless you physically stop the car from movement and then force it back in, and again its like a spongy pop feeling. Im limited to 1st and if im lucky 2nd gear because in order to get it back in gear you have to either stop the car or get really close to a full stop. Now there is no strange noise or anything that sounds obviously broken, you simply cannot drive the car because you cannot shift. The car has literally been sitting parked because its undriveable. The transmission fluid is OE and only 5k miles old, proper level, and this problem does not change with the engine temperature (same hot, same cold) it only changes with the ambient temperature outside. Its absolutely fine in warmer weather, what is going on?! Anyone heard of this issue anywhere else?


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I have no freakin clue man...did u try to ask u'r local ford dealer if they';d know? maybey u'll get lucky and talk to someone who knows what the hell their talkni bout :)
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:05 AM   #3
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My local ford dealer wont look at my car because its moded. Ford sucks a big....well I wont even get into that, all the local dealerships refuse to rack my car or look at it because its dropped with a kit, out of warranty, and "anything you modify yourself, must be maintained by yourself or a specialist" I dont even try to go to the dealer anymore. They also put 5 1/4 quarts of oil in my car one time and it blew up oil all in my intake and the engine bay becuase it was over filled at the quick lane. I took it back and they claimed that my "dangerous aftermarket intake and cat back exhaust" caused "back-presssue issues in the ECU" Needless to say Im never buying a Ford ever again, anyone else have any input on this tranny issue? Im all pissed now thinking of that
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ok... I answered your other post. but you described it better here. It sounds to me the shifter cables are binding up in the cold. Easiest thing would to replace them. Harder but cheaper way would be to take them off and clean them and relube them with the proper lube. A way to verify this is to take a hair dryer out to your car, heat up the cables for awhile, then try to shift it. If it works good then, stiff cables are your culprit. It will be a hastle. But I really think this is your problem.
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good point Venace, what about changing to a Synthetic tranny fluid?
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:26 AM   #6
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even the thickest tranny fluid would keep it from sliding into gear now that I have been thinking about it. It is set up to naturally want to go into gear, and you have more leverage at the shifter than friction of thick grease on the slider shaft of the gears.
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Old 11-05-2003, 03:02 AM   #7
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well first off man, take your center console off and check to make sure the cables going onto the shifter are where they should be, and check to make sure the shifter and the housing are intact
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The OE fluid is a full synthetic from ford, cables are intact and properly attached, now what?
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ok they are attached... but do they bind when it is cold. Try the hair dryer on the cables the next time the thing won't go into gear. By warming them up, it will free it up if the cables are the problem. If it makes no difference, then you need to search something else. But you will have eliminated the possibility of the cables being the culprit. You have to deduce one thing at a time. Hair dryer would be the easiest, but the other option is to remove the cables and see if you can move the cable in the sheath by hand. If it doesn't move smoothly and effortlesly, then the cable is the problem.
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have you ever changed your fluid and how many miles on the car?
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