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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-24-2011 Thread Starter
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1998 Mustang V6 Manual Transmission Shifting Problems

Ok first of all hey everyone.
I'm new to this well i'm actually new to cars in general...
I'm an 18 year old and i bought my first car about 4 months ago. I bought a salvaged 1998 ford mustang v6 5spd for $1500... Some say i overpaid the guy cuz he asked $2000 then lowered it down to $1700 but i'm not planning on paying him because i didn't know the car was salvaged until i had already bought it. I know i should have gone on kbb and check see how much those cars were worth but i didn't know of the site.

Anyways before this turns into a life story lol the car had a couple defects like...

My tire rubs when i turn the wheel far to the left

my battery was bad (but i have a friend that works at an auto parts place that gave me a "discount")

my interior is pretty dirty

but my biggest problem is that i can't shift when my rpms go around 3k. I have to coast and let my rpms come down and when i need the power i can reach it but i when i try to shift i just can't and i don't want to force the gear in cuz it just i don't have the money to fix whatever i break.

Ive done research and it seems like it's the synchros but i don't know much about them like prices and how hard it is to replace them...

But recently i thought about changing the transmission fluids to see if it might help but my dads had my car for almost a month now and because they're fixing his... I was only supposed to let him borrow it for a day and i miss my baby lol anyone with answers or comments please post thanx

Oh and also the miles read 178xxx and but it was broken when i bout it... Another thing that pissed me off because he even made me walk to the car and write the mileage knowing it was broken

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011
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kbb.com is always a first
as far as salvage -.- we lose so many customers to those scum bags
but im sorry idk i don't think i can help you
i say turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and see if its hitting any plastic parts

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2011
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if your tires rub, check to make sure that the tires are suppossed to be on the car. I bought new tires and had to measure them before i purchased them so they didnt rub.
As for shifting, is it all the time or just when its not warmed up? my gears are really stiff after sitting for a while but once i get going theyre like butter. Check the cables connecting the tranny to the shifter and engine, might be shot
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011
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I'm confused... you have the car but you're not paying him for it or you're not paying the amount he wanted?

I would visually check to see where the wheel is rubbing - easy enough to do. Just looking in the well you can see if a water shield is loose or something. Does it look like the car has sustained any front end damage? What size tires are on the car right now?

With that many miles I'd assume the car's clutch has been replaced but you never know. They tend to start going out in the 75,XXX range.

Let us know what's up...
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012
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I also own a 1998 5spd mustang. I love her to death!! 120K on it.

But I have the same issue with shifting. I've driven other stick shifts with nooo problem...and this car is stiff, i dont know why but it gives me suchh a hard time in 3rd and 4th gear..obviously i deal with it, but I really just want a smooth ride. I have absolutely no idea what it could be...maybe it needs a whole new shifter?? I do know that it sat for a good 2 years before I bought it, maybe just rusted metal? I would love to find out though and know if it's gonna be pricey soo I can be prepared lolol
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