'99 Manual getting hard to shift.

Discussion in 'SN95 V6 Mustang Tech' started by lisurgec, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Hey guys-

    I just got my pony about 6 months ago. It's my first standard tranny so I've been pretty rough on the thing, although nowadays I feel like an expert flying through the gears, at least until a couple weeks ago. Lately it's been real hard to get the thing into reverse. At times I have to use two hands to get the shifter into the gate. Within the past week or so, fifth has been doing it to, and the rest of the gears are starting to have this problem as well. Is this something that bleeding the transmission fluid and refilling will help? Or is it something more in depth? Googling around I've seen that this is an early indicator of clutch hydraulic issues or a worn pressure plate (!) but the clutch seems to engage and disengage just fine normally, and it certainly pops back out like it always has. The car has about 68,000 miles on it.

    Thanks in advance!