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  1. TIPS: If your helper has the transmission shifter held in the 5-N-R neutral position, it will be very difficult to push in the orange buttons as there will be lots of pressure on the cable. Instead, with shifter in normal resting neutral position and no pressure applied, push in the orange button (which will be easy to push in), then have your helper move the shifter to the 5-N-R neutral position. Sometimes the bushings on the end of the cables wear out causing excessive play, the cables are almost impossible to find now and you may be able to replace just the bushings. Here's a link o
  2. 2 years later, I have to adjust the linkage again. I'm pretty sure that adjusting it is to compensate for worn components: bushings and cable linkage. Basically did the same adjustment and it is better, not great. Next summer, I'll replace the cables and bushings, in the meantime, I'll collect the replacement parts. As a side note, shifting is more difficult when the car is cold versus when it's warm, it shifts fine. There was a Ford tech bulletin that came out that now recommends synthetic 5W20 oil for all Cougar manual shift transmission rather then the Ford product. I replaced the tranny fl
  3. I have a 1999 Cougar with the 2.5l and 5 speed (I believe it's the MTX) transmission same as the Contour. I had a problem shifting into 1st gear and then into 2nd. Also down shifting into either 1st or 2nd. You would describe it as a knotchy shifter. Eventually, you would have to pop the shifter sideways into neutral then back into 1st or 2nd. The solution is to adjust the tranny linkage which is actually very easy if you know what to do. Unfortunately, there is little specific info on the Internet that describes clearly what to do. You need two people to do this: one to adjust the linkag
  4. Welcome to the forums blanchae :)

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