Community Q&A Question: Transmission won't go into gear

Asking About: Mustang Ford Racing Bellhousing Spacer Plate (79-95) 5.0 5.8


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Transmission won't go into gear

I just put a new t5 and bell housing in my 91 foxbody and now my car won't go into gear.. Go's in all gears when car is off but will not when running. Ppl are telling me bell housing plate? Or clutch folk and throw out bearing? Just looking for any ideas what it could be
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Guy had a 2.3 trans in car when I got it so I had to change pilot bearing. Is it a difference in the 2.3 clutch folk and throw out bearing then the 5.0? - Chad last year

If he had a 2.3 in the car then the clutch cable arm is going to be shorter. Meaning, as someone said already, your cable needs to be adjusted to account for it. If you don't already have one, you need a firewall adjuster. - Drew last year
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The block plate has nothing to do with clutch engagement. It sounds like your clutch cable adjustment is off, causing the clutch to not disengage fully to allow it to go into gear while running.
from Phoenix |
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Got in a new clutch cable today and have adjusted it every way I can. At the bell housing and firewall. - Chad last year

So you have no slack in the cable, correct? Did you double check that the throwout bearing is seated on the fork correctly and that the fork stayed on the pivot stud? - Steven last year

No I have no slack what so ever. Adjusted the cable at both ends and the clutch feels great. Just with the car running it won't go into gear. Is there a difference in the 2.3 clutch folk and throw out bearing then the 5.0? I think imma order a new clutch folk and bearing and see what happens.. Brand new trans and bell housing and clutch cable, I just don't see what else it could be - Chad last year
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The 2.3 forks and pivot studs are about 1/2" shorter than the 5.0 forks and pivot studs.
from Phoenix |
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Well I got the right pivot stud in cause it come with the bell housing. But I DIDNOT change the clutch folk or bearing. - Chad last year
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If it won't go into gear while running it's possible that your pilot bearing has failed. When this happens even though you push in the clutch the transmission input shaft never stops spinning. I've seen this happen when installing the transmission and you have a gap between the trans and the bellhousing. They should flush up together easily by hand. When they don't and you use the transmission bolts to drive them together you can crush the pilot bearing.
from Gainesville |
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Here's the story.. I got the car not knowing it was a 2.3 trans in it. I didn't realize this till I got a new t5 and bell housing and when I put trans in the trans wouldn't go up flush so we noticed the pilot bearing was for the 2.3 so I got a 5.0 bearing. Im gonna order the clutch folk and bearing and see if that solves the problem - Chad last year
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