More or less, they all do this. Just put it into a forward gear and
let the clutch out just enuff so that it begins to engage. You don't
need to actually move the car forward. Then it will go into reverse
Something that worked in every such circumstance I ever came across
was to fake out the synchronizers:
With the clutch in, pull the gear lever to the edge of engagement in
the second gear slot. Not into the slot, but where resistance can be
felt. Once the minor pressure on all those whirling things has done
its magic, (usually) the rotating stuff is well-enough aligned to
allow any gear to be selected without problems.
Ditto what the others said.. except if Reverse is below 5th, just push in
clutch, then shift into 5th then down into reverse. Clutch need not be let
out between 5th and R
It becomes habit very quickly.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
Hi folks, sorry for the delay in answering. Among other things, my computer
has had a bad week also. <G>
I've tried all your suggestions and nothing seems to work. The car is still
under warranty, so I will make an appointment at our local dealership.
Thanks for all the help.
My variation of what is already being suggested. If reverse will not
slip in, I put it into first, then reverse. Never fails. First and
reverse are the same gears with the exception of the "reversing" cog.
Update: The local dealership had the car all day. The service writer said
they drove the car and couldn't find any problem getting it into reverse.
He assured my wife they would contact Ford to see if anyone else had a
similar problem She signed the warantee papers and thanked him for his time
and trouble. She started the car to leave and had to use both hands to get
it into reverse. She drove to the walk in door of the shop and parked as
close as she could, walked up to the service writer with fire blowing outta'
her azz and requested help getting the tranny into reverse. He then noticed
there may be a problem and promised to contact Ford tomorrow.
Once the shifter is manhandled into reverse, it goes in easy after that.
The saga continues. I will continue with the updates.
Thanks for all the comments and being good listners.
Hmm, I bet that was a pretty picture. I had the "assfire" myself
when the service mgr at my Nissan dealer told me in no uncertain terms
he was not going to fix the peeling paint problem on my steering wheel.
At least she managed to demonstrate it to them. I just can't wait
for the confrontation when I try to tell that same service dept. about
how my backup alarm goes solid when the temp is below 38 degrees, but
not ALL the time. 38 degrees or below; in South Louisiana. Yeah, that'll
be easy to reproduce.
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