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Unread 02-20-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Default Problems shifting into reverse 2007 Mustang V6

As the title states, I am having problems shifting into reverse alot of times. I either have to slowly let off the clutch and force it in, or let off, wait a minute, and try again. It's quite bothersome! Any ideas?
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My 08 does the same sometimes... was wondering about that too..
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This may not be applicable to your problem, but it is my understanding that reverse is not a synchromesh gear. If it won't go into gear, let off the clutch (in neutral) and depress the clutch again and try reverse again. I think this repositions some of the gears so that it will engage better. It's worked for me when I've had trouble.
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Hmm....that's normal than? lol. Ouch~

Well I guess as long as I'm not the only one with the issue...I just wish that it wasn't so bothersome to go backwards, lol.
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So far, this is a quite normal behavior for a manual shifter. if you're unable to engage, it means your gear position is teeth against teeth inside of your gear. just release the clutch for a second and try again without using excessive force. in few cases you've to try 2 or 3 times; depends on type of gear. also the gear oil temperature has a small additional effect on this. so, this is not a mustang "problem". this is usual for a manual shifter, no matter what manufacturer. you'll get used to it.
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I don't think it's a Ford thing. Other manuals I have had did the same thing once in awhile.
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My Hondas,Toyotas,Nissans,Fords, Jeeps,Dodges, Isuzu, Uhaul rental trucks, VW's, Chevy's and Pontiacs that had manny trannys all had the occasion where they just wanted to be put into neutral,let out the clutch and then try for reverse again. it was, and still is more prevalent with the higher HP cars I've owned. It has to do with reverse not being synchronized (rightly so).

Now if it does it almost 50% of the time then have it checked out if you are on warranty. I'm sure I missed a car on the list as I've been driving manual trannys for a lonnnnnngggggggg time.
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That does it then...Thank's everyone.
I appreciate the feedback =]

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Its how the clutch is positioned when u stopped. All you have to do is let off the clutch in neutral, and put it back in to get in reverse...its either lined up or not. Also, my dad said that if u push down a little on the shifter while trying to put it in reverse it helps a little.
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Mine hangs up going into reverse about half the time because as wnewport, says, it isnt a syncromesh gear. The gears either line up or they dont.

I've given the neighbors so many early morning light shows trying to jam it into reverse to back out of the driveway that they must think I'm a retard.
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Hi all,

a little bit late but...

Here are my thoughts:

As far as I know there should be no problem with the reverse in manual shift if they are synchromesh gear. And almost all I've driven have it.

Can someone put some light on this point? I mean, is the reversal a synchromesh gear in this car?
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according to the owner's manual, "the gearshift lever can only be moved into reverse by moving it left of 3rd and 4th before shifting into reverse. This is a lockout feature that protects the transmission from accidentally being shifted into reverse from 5th."

So to get it into reverse, from neutral you take the stick and push it toward 1st and 2nd, then back toward reverse?

maybe that's the problem?
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i had the same problem with my 4.0L. i was having trouble shifting into reverse so i asked the ford tech about it at the local dealership. he told me that the transmission in the s197's do not have syncro's for the reverse gear, the reason being that it cut down on parts that are effected by normal wear and tear. i was told to simply shift into first and then directly into reverse with the clutch still depressed in order to line up the gears.
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I've always had to place the tranny in 1st gear then move back to R. I thought that's what the owners manual said. There have been other times that that would still not work. I would have to slightly rock the car to move the teeth just enough to get Reverse to engage.
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This is normal for all manual transmissions... The simple fix should be to go from any forward gear (I always use fourth since it's right next to it) Click that then slide right out and into reverse.
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