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Annoying 1-4th forced shift on 2012 GT manual

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Old 12-24-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Annoying 1-4th forced shift on 2012 GT manual

Anyone know of a fix for this? Got my 2012 GT about 2 months ago and this feature is about the only real dislike i have with the car. It always seems to happen at a time when i dont want it interfering. I have read that some of the custom tunes will remove this feature but was wondering if there might be a simpler fix. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:46 AM   #2
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check out this discussion from allfordmustangs.com


http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...kip-shift.html
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Simply unplug the harness from the top rear corner of the transmission. I did this with less that 1000 miles on my car and have had NO problems of check engine lights since. I have just turned 12,000 miles. No problems from Ford when they serviced my tranny for the fluid change either.

Such a simple thing to do......
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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I get around it by moving the shifter to the center position for about a half second before I shift into second. Works every time and doesn't take that long to get used to. You can also go right into third. The car has plenty of torque for that.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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CAI and Tune. Problem solved.
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If you don't want to tune and potentially void the warranty you can still use a sct tuner to disable the feature. Possibly find someone on the forum nearby with one and give them a shout. Next time do a search there are quite a few threads that cover this already.
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:01 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply's in this. I am going to unplug the sensor as suggested.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:36 PM   #8
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You stumbled on the annoying feature built into our cars called Skipshift. I call it SkipS***.

I don't know about anyone else, but my SkipS*** actually quit giving me lockouts after awhile. I am assuming that the ECU/PCM adaptive learning function learned not to give any forced lockout even though the tach message board lit up with the SkipS*** message.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:34 PM   #9
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You stumbled on the annoying feature built into our cars called Skipshift. I call it SkipS***.

I don't know about anyone else, but my SkipS*** actually quit giving me lockouts after awhile. I am assuming that the ECU/PCM adaptive learning function learned not to give any forced lockout even though the tach message board lit up with the SkipS*** message.
I think my car did this as well after a while. I can go to any gears, including 2rd & 3rd gear, while the shift 1+4 is illuminated. My car was built in Oct this year.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:36 PM   #10
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I have experienced that a few times as well. I got mine Oct 31 and it was custom ordered so I would guess it was built mid October. I generally shift at 2000 to 2500 rpm range and am impressed with the 18.5mpg average so far. I am always getting caught by the feature and it seems to force that shift at some bad times in the morning work traffic. Can't wait to get this resolved and move on to a few simple performance mods.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:50 PM   #11
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Mine quit giving me lockouts as well, the message still shows up under the RPM reader but it doesn't lock me out.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #12
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I still don't understand this feature. It has never worked for me. I have had no problems shifting from 1st to 2nd in casual driving since the day I drove the car off the lot. The only thing that shows up on my message center is "1 - 4". I just ignore it.
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Starting off in 2nd gear is one way to get passed this. It's easy to do if you have 3.73's. I only use 1st gear if I am on a hill or I'm doing some "spirited" driving.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:04 PM   #14
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is that at all abusive to the drivetrain to start off in 2nd? seems the engines laboring at the very start, until you get above 1700rpms or so.. which is quick with any gearset : )
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is that at all abusive to the drivetrain to start off in 2nd? seems the engines laboring at the very start, until you get above 1700rpms or so.. which is quick with any gearset : )
You are better off going from 1st to third.. but.. starting in second won't hurt anything.
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I start off in 2nd all the time, the engine doesn't mind - just gotta be a little more gentle on the clutch.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:44 PM   #17
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I still don't understand this feature. It has never worked for me. I have had no problems shifting from 1st to 2nd in casual driving since the day I drove the car off the lot. The only thing that shows up on my message center is "1 - 4". I just ignore it.
+1 maybe with the 3.73 gears it's not supposed to work? I had at/a that had it disabled as well. A friend took me for a ride in his car and I saw it skip him over and he started swearing. Until then, I had no idea it was a mechanical deal...
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #18
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Just unplugged the sensor. The fix works as advertised. Still get the message but no forced skip shift. Add in the slightly deeper sound from the newly installed GT500 axleback's and i am liking the car a little better now!
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I still get it in mine from time to time. Just passed the 1,200 mile mark..... I don't see where it actually saves any gas. The engine bogs down a bit and it seems to take more pedal to get going, and that's just normal driving not spirited at all. I have 3.55s.

I still think it's a pointless feature. I'd rather have the hill assist than it. Both are for inexperienced manual drivers anywhere.... A dieing breed to start with.
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True that. I guess Ford looks at it on a massive macro-economic scale: one drop of gas does not save you anything, but 1 drop times 36,000 '11 GTs is roughly 1/3 of a gallon saved on the global fuel supply.

Wait a minute, only 1/3 of a gallon saved for skip shift doing its thing over 36,000 GTs? That's just as asinine!
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