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Shifter is stiff, harder to get into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

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  1. 03cobra#116

    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    My cobra's shifter is stiff, harder to get into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th if I am accelerating quickly.

    Dropping it into first is no problem and it's not difficult if I drive like a grandma.

    There is no grinding. Clutch is good.

    thanks much
     
  2. futureSVT

    futureSVT New Member Established Member

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    stock shifter? stock clutch? what about a firewall adjuster?

    ^nice to see a fellow Ga resident
     
  3. 03cobra#116

    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    Stock shifter.

    The clutch is a Center Force dual friction -- my son-in-law burned out my clutch a couple of years ago.

    Except for synthetic oil and the clutch, my car is completely stock.

    Lots of us here in Georgia. I ordered my car from Billy Howell in Cumming. It's been great.
     
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    futureSVT New Member Established Member

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    The only thing i can think of would be the clutch not disengaging enough, or something internal going on in the trans. Im not sure exactly the symptoms of bent shift forks would be. Im sure someome else will chime in here and help..
     
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    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    Thanks.

    The car is all stock, except for synthetic oil and the Center Force dual friction clutch (which came when my son-in-law burned out the clutch starting in 4th gear).
     
  6. jrgoffin

    jrgoffin Been around... Established Member

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    Might be the factory clucth quadrant - could need an adjustment. If the Centerforce clutch is stiffer than the OEM one, you might have a bit of cable stretch as well. If you aren't out beating on the car on a regular basis, your tranny is probably fine.
     
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    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    Thanks.
    The Center Force clutch pedal pressure hasn't changed; it is still about half what the stock clutch was.
     
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    Slow99x New Member Established Member

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    Sounds like your cable needs to be adjusted
     
  9. 03cobra#116

    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    Thanks. I'll get it taken care of.

    It's nice to have a car with 93k miles and that is 9 years old that still drives like it did new or better -- when the the shifter gets fixed it will be back.
     
  10. josh2016

    josh2016 New Member Established Member

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    when you are in neutral and push the shifter from side to side does it bounce back or kinda stick to one side??
     
  11. 03cobra#116

    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    It bounces back.

    I guess I am different from most people here -- I don't do my own work on cars anymore. I quit back when I was changing points (they burned frequently) on my 1971 Opel GT.

    So I figure I need to take it to someone who specializes in high performance vehicles, especially Mustangs. I am going to Dugan Racing next week.

    Thanks
     
  12. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member

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    This info from my Terminator FAQs page might help. .. Hard To Shift Issue

    I am posting the link more for the benefit of others searching out this issue in the future.
     
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  13. 03cobra#116

    03cobra#116 Member Established Member

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    That was the diagnosis. It's getting fixed now.

    Thanks to everyone for the help
     

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