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Shifting gears very stiff.

The gearshift lever in my daughters 99 Cougar (Roush) is very stiff throughout all gears, this stiffness has always been there to some degree but has gradually worsened over the last several months…. New clutch in the last year, no grinding when changing gears and the linkage below rubber boot is well lubricated. If you could please provide some expert advise.
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I am afraid I bare bad news... the transmission is suffering from swollen selector fork bushings. ATF fluid swells the bushings up, it used to be what was used to lubricate the transmission. however ford has long ago changed the specs to what is called Ford Honey manual trans oil its has a brown honey color or royal purple synchomax. they only fix for this is to replace the selector forks and inly use ford honey manual trans oil. there is a TSB issued for the fluid.

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