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Ford responds to NHTSA’s investigation of the Mustang’s transmission

Ford responds to NHTSA’s investigation of the Mustang’s transmission

As we reported in early August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation on problems with the MT82 manual transmission that is in 26,000 2011-2012 Mustangs. The problems include binding gears, difficulty engaging in shifts and excessive noise and vibration. At that time, Ford issued a statement saying that they would "fully cooperate with the government as they review the matter."

Yesterday, Ford issued their official response to the NHTSA investigation that includes their own investigation into the Mustang's manual transmission problems. The report is a long one, so we're only going to post the highlights here, but it goes into detail on the problems and the actions they've taken to resolve them.

Here's the highlights:

  • Ford was aware of the problems via direct communication from customers and monitoring of online forums
  • Approximately three percent of transmissions were affected
  • Ford investigated a variety of issues and found issues with cold shifting, the clutch plate bolt, clutch stayout, and 5th gear synchronization
  • Each of the problems was addressed in a variety of ways, including changes in transmission fluid, and redesigning certain parts to correct the defect
  • Many other factors resulted in the reporting of problems, including driver effect, the skip-shift feature, the influence of online forums, vehicle modifications and abuse.
  • None of the issues caused a safety risk
  • Ford has no plans for modifications related to the Mustang or the MT-82 6-speed manual transmission in the next 120 days

A far more detailed and lengthy breakdown can be found on the article at Mustangs Daily, if you are interested.

The official NHTSA investigation is still continuing. We will update if we learn more on this issue.

Source: Mustangs Daily

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