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How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission?
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:04:20 PM »
How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission? I can see that the throw out bearing and I've tried real close to the fingers, far away, in the middle... Is it really that small of a sweet spot? The darn thing just will NOT go into gear when the engine is running.  Actually ONE time it did when it was on the jack stand... took it off the stand and then it wouldn't. I blew that opportunity by adjusting in only one direction after that.  Is the only way to test it, to start the engine and see if it will go into gear?
I just replaced the clutch - thought that would fix the problem when, apparently it only slipped out of adjustment (I guess.)
This (I'm pretty certain) is a drive-train (4 cyl, T5 4-speed manual) from a 1975 Pinto in my 1929 Mercedes replica.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Phill
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Re: How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2014, 09:32:05 PM »
Phil,
  The T5 is a 5 speed. So, not knowing exactly what you have I'll show you what I adjust on my T5 ('86 bell crank type bellhousing).  Maybe it will help, maybe not.

 Basically there are adjuster nuts on the end of the cable You loosen them and rotate the nuts to move the cable sheath. One nut brings the sheathing to the correct position, the other is to tighten down the sheath at the desired position.

  One last note, I had to move my cable outward for crossmember clearance. If you have the style I have your cable will bolt directly to the bellhousing, not an extension bracket like I have.


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Re: How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 10:28:27 AM »
Another thing to check is that the clutch disc is facing
in the correct position. If it is in backwards your clutch
won't disengage.   Just a thought--good luck  Dick
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west coast in it's early life. Now residing
in Ohio, But we don't haul the U.S. Mail anymore;
 Now all we do is HAUL!
 5th gear 4700 rpm & still pullin'= 113+  mph
 
 UPDATE-83.762 mph in 4th gear As verified by a W Va State Trooper-WITH 1 GEAR TO GO 6-2-11

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Re: How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 08:16:34 AM »
T5 is a 5-speed, Would it be as simple to say that my 4-speed is a T4 then? I need to read that tag and find out for sure. But anyway... Boy was I on the wrong track: It hasn't been my adjustment efforts at all as the problem.  I jacked up the drive wheel while it was running, put it in first gear, put the car back on the ground... been driving it ever since as if nothing was ever wrong. ?!? 
Does this mean that the synchronizer gears within the guts of the tranny will one day have another bad hair day and decide to not cooperate again?
(As a reminder, the original problem was that it would not go into first gear)
[Thanks for the responses so far]
Phill

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Re: How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 02:58:04 PM »
T5 is a 5-speed, Would it be as simple to say that my 4-speed is a T4 then?

No, the Pinto 4-speed with internal rail is formally known as an FOG(Ford of Germany) Type E.

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I need to read that tag and find out for sure. But anyway... Boy was I on the wrong track: It hasn't been my adjustment efforts at all as the problem.  I jacked up the drive wheel while it was running, put it in first gear, put the car back on the ground... been driving it ever since as if nothing was ever wrong. ?!? 
Does this mean that the synchronizer gears within the guts of the tranny will one day have another bad hair day and decide to not cooperate again?
(As a reminder, the original problem was that it would not go into first gear)
[Thanks for the responses so far]

If you had the same problem before and after changing the clutch (assuming the disk is in the right way) and after making large variations in cable adjustment, then it makes me suspect an internal problem with the trans. I have an FOG with the opposite problem; it won't come out of gear.
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Re: How do I adjust the T5 4spd manual cable to the transmission?
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014, 07:41:37 PM »
I have a FOG that is stuck in gear. It was that way when I got it.
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