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dz01 04-23-2014 12:26 PM

1993 5.0 Mis Shifted- 1st Instead Of 3rd!
No idea how I did this, but I tach'ed out first and second and instead of grabbing third, I put it back in 1st! Rear wheels hopped and I'm sure I sent the tach into orbit. I'm pissed I did this and have been driving a standard for years without any instance of mis shifts.

Good news- I did throw the clutch back in immediately and shifted to the right gear. Car seems to drive fine without any noticeable issues (although hearing engine noises is hard when my exhaust is so loud (flows w/o cats). Car seems to shift and drive fine. Exhaust does seem louder, but that's probably just me.

I don't think I cannon-balled my rear end or tranny, but I'm questioning any damage to the motor. Like I said, it's really hard to discern any motor noise and of course mentally I'm assessing every little thing the card does now.


1. I know lots of damage could be done, but what should I be looking out for?

2. Does the rev limiter (6250 I think) do anything in a case like this or is that just for progressive acceleration? I was told by a local mechanic that the rev limiter does not come into play for what I did. Only if you're tach'ing out gears?

Anyone else do this by accident (and willing to admit it?).

88 orangepeel notch 04-23-2014 04:18 PM

If your not hearing any abnormal noises yet, you should be ok. Your lucky, count your blessings.

How did you get it into 1st in the first place? I can't downshift to 1st till maybe 3-5mph. Of course I've never tried it at speed lol.
So your saying it will go into 1st if I try harder.

EDIT: This still makes me laugh, I'm imagining the thoughts going thru your head at that precise moment when you realize what you just did, and then check if anyone saw.

dz01 04-23-2014 04:51 PM

I'm not sure why. Maybe RMPs were up high enough that it went in pretty easily.

Yeah it sucked, and was loud!

5overt 04-23-2014 09:13 PM

I did it in a truck once and all that happened was my clutch blew up, when I pulled the tranny there were pieces evrywhere only the wire fram that the clutch plates mount to were identifiable, and the springs. the clutch will blow up before you tranny.

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