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  1. pyro1998

    pyro1998 Member Established Member

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    Need help, when I first drive the car it shifts fine but after I drive for 30-45 minutes the shifting gets harder and eventually it won't go into gear at all, even starts engaging with clutch to the floor.

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  2. railroad

    railroad Well-Known Member Established Member

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    If your car has a cable, it might be getting hot and stretching.
    Might be the same if hyd, line too close to heat.
    Need to know what car you have.
     
  3. pyro1998

    pyro1998 Member Established Member

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    Its an 03 cobra, if it stretches from heat would it not stay stretched, its a new cable also

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  4. railroad

    railroad Well-Known Member Established Member

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    If you have a Ford cable, it should be as good as you can do.
    I have a 99 Mustang Cobra with a cable, but have not encountered any issues.
    Maybe someone can advise more accurately what is going on.
    If you can get it on a lift and have someone press the clutch, cold and hot and see if anything looks diff.
     
  5. TerminatoRS

    TerminatoRS New Member Established Member

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    Any update or findings? I've heard of them breaking (been there, done that, carry a spare at all times) and if yours is actually stretching that much, I'd vote to replace it immediately if not sooner. Quick way to end up stuck on the side of the road. I got lucky when mine snapped and managed to use a hill to coast to within 1/8 mile of my driveway. Double check the routing of the cable because it would have to basically rest on the driver's side exhaust manifold or mid-pipe to heat up and stretch to that degree. If you've never done one before, it's easy to replace. And I fully concur with Railroad's suggestion of using a Ford cable.
     
  6. hotcobra03

    hotcobra03 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Something I noticed on mine with cable. Even a new cable

    Sticking

    I had removed mine sprayed wd40 into it till it dropped out other end


    Stiff pedal was my issue but

    I have no problems driving this car without a clutch

    I noticed I could not shift without clutch. It was like I couldn’t pull shifter out of gear


    I had cables split and sponge pedal but was able to still shift by rpms


    It doesn’t take long to pull cable and lube.
     

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