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Ford Mustang Transmission Problems

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  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I get bubbling exhaust sounds when the car is cold. almost like backfires.

    Mark.
  • moronixmoronix Posts: 29
    Either see another dealer or go straight to the owner of the dealership first. I don't understand why dealers don't want to do warranty work. I'm sure Ford Motor Company pays them for it so what's the problem? I have an 07 GT with 5 speed manual and it makes no noise at all. I don't like the way it feels when shifting from 1st to 2nd but it's just the feel, nothing serious to my mind. I'm very happy with the car in spite of the fact that Mustangs seem overpriced to me.
  • how you all doing? Just bought this awesome brand new 2007 v6 4.0 mustang convertible about 3 weeks ago. I got it as a left over at a dealership here in NY. It had only 70 miles on it when I bought it. To make a long story short, I hear a rattling sound when the car is in neutral. The sound goes away when the clutch is pressed to the floor. Car seems very loud and noisy, like a deisel. I brought it into the dealership and they said it’s normal. Is it normal or is it the throw-out bearing acting up?

    Also, while shifting from 1st to 2nd I hear a clinging, metal banging like sound. The dealer said it’s also normal. Is that true? It seems kind of weird that this car should be making so much noise during shifting and its brand NEW!!!. My friends Mazda doesn’t make a sound during shifting.

    Is anybody else experiencing these problems?
    Thanks for your help
    ARI
  • That's funny. I have a Shelby Cobra GT500 that I got in January and have had no problems with my transmission. Maybe its a V6 thing.
  • Justpicked up an '02 GT with a 5-speed. Hate the shift linkage. Thinking of changing to a Tri-ax or a Pro-5.0. Advice and suggestions much appreciated.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Just so you are aware, technically there is no shift linkage prior to 05. The Trans is right under the shifter lever which is why it has that goofy goose neck shape.

    After 05, the trans is mounted 2 for forward for this setup and there is shaft linkage.

    Mark.
  • tammy12tammy12 Posts: 11
    the stone mile... sounds like yours is doing the same mine is.. but they say nothings wrong with it.. id like to invite anyone that says it is supposed to sound like that to come drive my car and tell me this is normal..the dealerships hear the noise but cant find anything wrong.. i see that there is a recall listed for this model but i would think that they check that when it goes to the shop wouldnt you?
  • tammy12tammy12 Posts: 11
    hey sounds like yours is doing the same as mine.. so if you get an answer please let me know so i can go tell my dealership whats wrong with it.. i bought mine at 97 miles in september o7 had it shipped from texas to louisiana so i didnt test drive it before i bought it..
  • a friend of mine at lincoln took my car to let his transmittion person hear it.. he made a few adjustments on the clutch and checked all the boots.. then added some oil in the trans.. my clanking noise is gone.. so there is something that can be done.. its not supposed to sound like it did.. or i wasnt supposed to hear it inside of the car!!!
  • When you press the clutch it stops.

    Sounds like a possible throw out bearing. Any clutch pedal vibration? I mean real vibration while in gear?

    As for normal gear noise, unless you replaced your shifter with a tri ax, etc. and didn't install the silencer back it should not be that loud of a sound. Tell the dealer to fix it, or they can have your car until it is fixed.

    Good luck.

    My bad. didn't read the last page of posts. :) If it happens again make them check the throw out.
  • Hello Everyone,

    New here, and my first post, but probably my last as well. I am a member of more forums than I can keep track of.

    Anyway to the point of my post-The info I am providing here ONLY applies to GT's with 5 speed transmission; not the GT500s or V6s...

    First, I LOVE my car. I have been coveting them since they first came out. I only wanted a Legend Lime one. It was just never in the cards for me, until about 6 months ago when I finally picked up an 06 with 4200 miles on it.

    I have only owned 2 other sticks in my life, but have driven a few more, and after the initial excitement of my new car wore off, I started noticing the "feel" of the shifting in my car was very inconsistent. Maybe sports car trannies are supposed to feel like this, but I am used to smooth-as-butter, consistant shifting. On my car one shift it may drop into gear as smooth as butter, and the next time it might feel "notchy", or like it didn't *quite* go in smoothly; almost feel a "bump", push a little further then a second "bump" when its fully engaged, and sometimes resistance is felt all the way into the gear.

    Also on a few occasions, when shifting from 1st to 2nd I was greeted with a nice "clunk"-not really a gear grind, but close. In the cases of the "clunk" it was a cool morning, and I just started it up and drove off, and it only happend on the first shift of the day. Note, that for me (and ALOT of folks as well) once the vehicle reaches normal operating temperature, the "clashing" or grinding is not a problem. It shifts fine once at normal temp, although its still inconsistent feeling-sometimes its smooth and drops right into gear, other times resistance is felt.

    Growing a little concerned, I did ALOT of web research. Bottom line, there isn't much on the 2005+ mustang's , but...

    There is a weath of info on our transmissions, which in the GT happens to be the Tremec TR-3650. There was a TSB on the 2001-2004 mustangs for the VERY symptoms I am describing, and a few others as well. Supposedly these issues were fixed by the TSB, on some occasions by a fluid change (Tremec revised the fill quantity/oil type over the years in this tranny), and surly it was fixed by the 05 models.

    Obviously not everyone is having this issue, as there will no doubt be a poster or two that says "I've never had any problems with mine", but evidently the issue has not been totally resolved as there are a few people out there that I have read about on the net, or spoken too that have had similar stories.

    The good news is, your not alone-doesn't happen to everyone, but yours isn't the only one that does it, and according to the dealer, they *say* its okay and no harm will come to the vehicle. The bad news is, if they haven't fixed it by now for a problem that started to surfice since the day they started using these trannies in the GT, I don't expect a fix anytime soon.

    For more information, you can see this thread (very long, and it *technicly only applies to 2001-2004 GTs):

    http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=328655

    Or, you can do a websearch for "TR3650 cold clash".

    Although the two links I provided above do not apply to 05 and up stangs, I have also read (can't find the links now) of at least 3 others with similar stories. One person in his signature mentions that he traded his 05 stick for an 06 automatic and says "YES, automatic, and loving every non-notchy, clashy feel of the shifts".

    Don't know if this helps anyone out, but thought I'd share.

    Note, the GT500 uses a different transmission that is double synchroed, where as the regular GT tranny is NOT double synchroed.

    Now, the only question I have is...

    Will changing the shifter to a different one change the "feel" of the shifts? I am considering doing it, but not sure of the results. If the "shift issues" are internal in the transmission I can't see how a different shifter will magicly make it feel smoother, but on the other hand, the shift mechanism in our cars are remotely mounted, and due to engine/transmission twist and movement, could cause some of the odd shifting feel as well, but I just don't know.
  • Two more links to add to my novel above:

    Although other posters in that thread are leading the OP towards an exhaust sound, I think its obvious that what the OP is feeling is the transmission; why would an exhaust sound only occur between 1st and 2nd gears?

    http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-mustang-gt-tech/90382-2007-mustang-gt- -clank-sound.html

    And here is the person I mentioned in my novel above; Don't read the thread (its irrellivent), just read the OP's signature:

    http://forums.bradbarnett.net/showthread.php?t=37046
  • At the risk of repeating myself, I have an '07 GT/CS and I don't like the way it feels when shifting. I don't have any strange noises but it feels clunky especially from 1st to 2nd. If I were racing it I would have to have it fixed but I can tolerate it since it's mostly just the first shift. I still believe if you have an odd noise that will repeat then you should contintue to bug your dealer untill he agrees to fix or replace it. If it's under warranty, it's Fords problem. It's almost certain they have a "Lemon Law" in your state.
    Other than that I really love my car:
    2007 Mustang GT/CS premium convertible/Redfire with black top/Sat Radio/dark charcoal& dove interior. :)
  • I am kind of confused by your repeat post; My replies were specificly targeted to you and a few others with similar complainst that own GTs with 5 speeds.

    I know my reply was long, but the point of my post was although probably not technically "normal", there are many others whose transmissions feel exactly as you describe, so in that sense...it is normal, if not irritating.

    Guess you could say it is ford's problem, but ford didn't build these trannies; Tremec did, although they are almost exclusive to the mustang (there are no other 5 speed longitudal domestic vehicles in production today).

    Anyway, I do hope my info helped someone; at least if not to set the mind at ease, at least to shed light that you are not alone.

    Personally, the shifting is irritating at times, but otherwise I LOVE my car, and don't plan on getting rid of it just because I don't like the way it feels sometimes.

    -Alan
  • I am referring mainly to people who have the "noise" associated with their transmission. I have no unusual noise when shifting. I only dislike the "stiff" or "clunky" feeling when shifting from 1st to 2nd. My oninion is if you have some strange noise coming from your transmission then there is really something wrong. If It's only the stiff feeling when shifting then that's seems to be normal for this transmission. I'm no expert so take my opinion with a grain fo salt. I'm like you. I still like my car and expect to keep it untill I die even if I have to change the engine/transmission severla times to keep it running. I'm 67 years old so I may not have to do any of that. And yes the Shelby Cobra has a different transmission that is a 6 speed but I'm having enough fun just shifting the 5 speed. :)
    Happy Holidays !
  • boston7boston7 Posts: 1
    I BOUGHT A NEW GT WITH A 5 SPD . HAD ALL THE SAME ISSUES .FORD TORE THE TRANS OUT 3 TIMES REPLACED THE THROWOUT BEARING, PILOT BEARING AND CLUTCH DISC . NOTHING HELPED . ALSO HAD WHEEL HOP GOING AROUND TURNS , THEY REPLACED THE REAR GEARS WHICH FIXED THIS PROBLEM. ALSO THE CONV TOP WAS COMING APART AT 200 MILES. I CURRENTLY OWN 4 GTS ALL WITH 5 SPDS, NONE SHIFT LIKE THIS OR SOUND LIKE THIS. AFTER ALL I HAD BEEN THROUGH , I FOUGHT WITH FORD AND THEY AGREED TO REPLACE MY GT WITH A NEW ONE. GUESS WHAT AFTER 500 MILES THE SAME ISSUES WITH THE TRANNIE ARE BACK. I WOULD LOVE SOMEONE AT FORD TO EXPLAIN THE NOISES AND THE CLUNKING NOISES . I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS IS NORMAL ,BUT FORD CANNOT FIND A FIX OR A CHEAP ONE. I BELIEVE I WILL DITCH IT BEFORE THE WARRANT EXPIRES AND DRIVE MY OTHERS.
  • I know this is an old post, but I want to give everyone an update. Although this is happening with GT's, there is a problem with the V6 Manual Stangs too.

    I have a 2007 V6 5 speed, and it has all the same issues. Clutch replaced, Trannie replaced, the TSB for the exhaust was completed, and that is only the start of my list. After all this, it still has issues, and the longer I drive it the worse it gets. All the vibrations are still there and get worse everyday. After less than a week, the new clutch is having the same issues all over again. Once more the clutch petal does not disengage after being pressed. The list goes on and on.

    I just want to make sure everyone is up to date on this issue. It is a problem, and if you are dealing with it, take it to the dealer until they fix it (if they can). Don't just accept it and think that it is normal.

    This is also a warning to anyone out there that is thinking about buying a used 2007 Mustang 5 Speed . If it has low mileage, and there is even a hint of vibration or shifting issue, DO NOT PURCHASE THE CAR. Don't listen to anyone that tells you it should sound like that, or that it will loosen up after awhile. This is not true, and if anything, it will continue to get worse the more you drive it. Most dealerships will tell you that there is nothing wrong, so many owners are trading off the cars just to get rid of the headaches.

    Hope this helps someone out there!!
  • I bought my car new in 04. after about the 3rd month, the transmission started slipping, especially in stop/go traffic. I took it in to the dealer -they 'said' the could NOT 'duplicate' the problem. Well over the course of the last 5 years I have taken my car in for the same reason, but getting worse. It is in the shop today for the very same reason. They want me to pay for it to be taken apart and looked at, MAYBE warranty will approve it being fixed. (most likely they will say I abused it) and not pay for the transmission to be fixed, It is covered under warranty why don't they fix it? Help anyone out there with an answer???
  • Take it to the nearest Toyota dealer and trade it ! American automobile manufacturers still don't get it.
  • i bought my gt 07 drove it around a little,more i drove more i hear that noise.i thought it was a u-joint loose.well took it in to dealer 5 times,4th time they spread foam on cluth . well,after a couple hundred miles,it started again.took it back,they installed a clutch safty switch.ok a few hundred more,i herd the noise coming back.ok this car was new 96 miles when i got it.ok,12,850 i traded it for a 08.it seems to be starting the same thing.of course the dealer says its normal.give me a break,it had 100 miles on it now i got 5,200.this clunking noise is a defect,and I THINK,ford needs to deal with it.but on the other hand,its the best i ever own
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