Transmission-Problem Warning Signs
The sooner you can identify an issue with your Mustang’s transmission, the easier the repair will be. Some warning signs commonly seen when a 1986 Mustang’s transmission is damaged include:
• Dragging clutch (manual) or slipping gears (auto): Transmission problems will likely first become evident in your Mustang’s responsiveness. When gear changes become difficult, it’s likely a sign repairs are necessary.
• Refusing to go into gear: Trouble getting your Mustang into gear can be a result of low fluid levels or problems with your shift cable, clutch linkage or other components.
• Grinding: Gear grinding or jerkiness is not just a sign of poor driving technique, it could also indicate damage if the problem is persistent.
• Leaking: Leaking transmission fluid is one of the most common visual cues that something is wrong. ATF fluid should be checked periodically on all automatic Mustangs — healthy fluid will be clear and bright red. Be on the lookout for burning smells, too.
Properly diagnosing a transmission problem can be difficult. Transmissions are an incredible complex system consisting of hundreds of moveable parts. That being said, a transmission overhaul or other repair is still within the ability of any experienced and properly equipped hobbyist mechanic. To learn more, visit our technical library, YouTube channel or Facebook page, where you’ll find detailed information and have the opportunity to connect with other Mustang owners.
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