Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
December 21, 2011
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has closed their investigation into 29,807 Ford Mustangs equipped with the manual transmission due to complaints alleging a faulty transmission.
"There is no indication of loss of motive power or unreasonable safety risk associated with the alleged defect in the subject vehicles. The preliminary evaluation is closed," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a statement on its Web site.
NHTSA looked into 364 reports of shift quality issues and data from Ford to determine what is the issue and whether a recall would be issued.
During the investigation, NHTSA and Ford discovered several factors which caused the shift quality to go downhill.
"Ford identified several factors that may contribute to shift quality concerns in the subject vehicles, including cold transmission, clutch stay-out at high engine speeds, gear clash or grinding, and gradual loosening of clutch plate bolts in some early production vehicles," said NHTSA in its defect investigations summary.
NHTSA says the largest percentage of complaints came from owners who lived in a cold climate and the problem would go away once the vehicle warmed up.
Source: Inside Line