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Cold weather with a manual trans

Here in east TN, the weather has dropped down into the high 20s-30F early in the morning. Every manual transmission I've owned is always a little bitchy in the cold, but this MT-82 is so difficult to work with before it's up to temp 15-20 minutes down the road. Have you guys that live in colder areas switched trans fluid or are you still running the stock fluid?

My car is 7 months old now with 19k miles. The shift from 1st to 2nd feels absolutely awful, and 2nd to 3rd often hangs up halfway through. I've resorted to double clutching full time now as I can't stand how it feels. Should I look into different fluid? I don't feel like there is anything wrong with the car, just not happy with the shifting feel.


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I am further north in MD, and my car's transmission feels OK. I have a 2014 V6 manual with just 2000 miles. But I did two things to my MT-82 (see below):

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2) BG Syncro Shift II transmission fluid





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Here in east TN, the weather has dropped down into the high 20s-30F early in the morning. Every manual transmission I've owned is always a little bitchy in the cold, but this MT-82 is so difficult to work with before it's up to temp 15-20 minutes down the road. Have you guys that live in colder areas switched trans fluid or are you still running the stock fluid?

My car is 7 months old now with 19k miles. The shift from 1st to 2nd feels absolutely awful, and 2nd to 3rd often hangs up halfway through. I've resorted to double clutching full time now as I can't stand how it feels. Should I look into different fluid? I don't feel like there is anything wrong with the car, just not happy with the shifting feel.



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I can tell you it doesnt get any better at 50,000 miles lol. I'm planning on getting a new clutch and flywheel and maybe that will help.

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30,000 miles on mine and it shifts fine. But I also park in my garage when at home but it sits out at work and still no problems.
BTW where you at in East TN? I am north of Knoxville.

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30,000 miles on mine and it shifts fine. But I also park in my garage when at home but it sits out at work and still no problems.
BTW where you at in East TN? I am north of Knoxville.
You don't notice anything different in the cold? Hm. Most transmissions I've used at least feel stiffer and less compliant. I'm about 40ish miles east of Knoxville in Hamblen County. How about that cold snap we had?

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We got down to 26 here in Clinton, and working outside and I don't like Cold.
After reading all the cold complaints with the Manual I was regretting last winter, but no problems at all.
I plan on changing the shift bracket, but that is more a fast shifting problem over a cold shift issue. I am one that likes the height and throw on the stock shifter.

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Ford has released a new additive called XL-18 for the manual transmission fluid. You could try that...

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Ford has released a new additive called XL-18 for the manual transmission fluid. You could try that...
This is the first I've heard of that. I'll do some research about it, thanks.

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Row the gears a couple times and you're good.
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Row the gears a couple times and you're good.
The problem is that isn't really possible lately. To get into 2nd I have to perfectly rev match, and 3rd feels like I'm chipping teeth or something.

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Install a Barton shifter bracket first. I doubt fluid will cause such a big problem.
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The problem is that isn't really possible lately. To get into 2nd I have to perfectly rev match, and 3rd feels like I'm chipping teeth or something.

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I installed the two post barton shift bracket.It helped tighten up
the shifts.I also replaced the fluid with Redline MTL fluid
and that helped to also make the shifts easier.

Also change out the brake fluid if its dirty, also helps as
this fluid is also used in your clutch.
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Install a Barton shifter bracket first. I doubt fluid will cause such a big problem.
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I was thinking it was a fluid problem since it is heavily affected by the ambient temperatures. It seems to me the bracket would help with chassis flex or powershifting, but I don't have a problem there. I may end up breaking down and buying the whole Barton shifter and bracket setup soon.

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I installed the two post barton shift bracket.It helped tighten up
the shifts.I also replaced the fluid with Redline MTL fluid
and that helped to also make the shifts easier.

Also change out the brake fluid if its dirty, also helps as
this fluid is also used in your clutch.
I've thought about changing brake fluid and switching to stainless steel lines, but I'll probably wait until the summer.

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Yep! Go to a Ford Dealer and Order up a Bottle of XL-18
There is a Sticky Thread about this Issue at the Top of the Page in the 2011+GT Forum!.....Same Tranny, so go check out the Thread

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