FYI. Thank you for the information and the parts list. I took the car to the dealership this PM and spoke to the shop foreman about any TSB's. None yet. He wants me to wait until late spring to give the car to him for a trans
overhaul. From the list you supplied he said they did a thorough job and in fact commented that he was not sure why some the parts on the list were changed out due to not being associated with 1st or 2nd gear. He had a guess but that's another story. At any rate...thank you for your response...I'll cocoon her for the winter and wait for FOMOCO.
P.S. The five week wait you endured did not surprise him. Your dealership really stripped it down!
It defies logic, talk about the right hand not talking to the left hand! From what I have gathered reading through posts regarding this complaint ( and there are many, many complaints regarding grinding) FMC could NOT care less about this issue,and when you do take it in,it's pretty much every man for himself....
Dealers and their staff seem to have NO help OR direction from FMC regarding a fix... this is pretty much across the board with the GT500, and the 5.0 GT different transmissions ( manual) with identical complaints; grinding!!!
It's pretty unnerving to say it mildly, taking your car in to the dealer for a non existent TSB is a guessing game at best.
I'm astounded at the fact FORD has NOT stepped up to the plate and addressed this situation months ago,hell of a way to treat your loyal customers!
Mine started the grind (again) through 2nd/ 3rd gears since the weather got cooler, starting the car up and letting it reach operating temps still does nothing,it seems it has to go through a cycle of actual driving before it begins to calm down,it almost appears to be oil viscosity related, BUT then again,some had their oil changed to thinner winter oil with no difference,so in my mind I rule oil OUT as the culprit!
Could it be internal parts misalignment? Does the overnight cold make the steel internal parts "Shrink and Expand" throwing out the very tight tolerances out of whack, until internal transmission parts reach ideal temps?
In the meantime, gears/synchros grind away on a daily basis,wearing them out over time.
Are we to understand by the lack of commitment to resolve this issue, that FORD does not have ANY competent engineers at hand to dissect this worry some issue for the hundreds/thousands of customers experiencing this issue?
I'm not impressed by FORD's lack of action in the least!