• Sep 24, 2010
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Ford has issued a dealer Technical Service Bulletin for a clutch issue on 2011 Mustangs built before April 25, 2010.

Affected models with less than 10,00 miles might experience a clutch pedal stayout condition, where the clutch will remain on the floor even after it's released during high RPM shifts, something that sounds like both an annoyance and a potential safety issue. According to the TSB, the repair takes less than an hour.

It is not clear if the clutch issue will eventually precipitate a recall, but there have been no rumblings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to suggest that it will. Have a look at the details after the jump or speak to you're dealer if you're not sure if your pony car is covered.



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CLUTCH STAYOUT AT HIGH RPM-BUILT ON OR BEFORE 4/25/2010
TSB 10-19-4


FORD:
2011 Mustang

ISSUE
Some 2011 Mustangs built on or before 4/25/2010, with a manual transmission and low mileage, typically 10,000 miles or less (16,093 Km), may exhibit a clutch pedal Stayout condition at very high engine RPM. This condition will generate a concern of the clutch pedal remaining on the floor during high engine RPM shifts. When engine RPM drops, clutch pedal operation returns to normal, but the re-engagement may be abrupt.

ACTION
Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.

SERVICE PROCEDURE
The clutch pedal Stayout is a condition where at high engine RPM, centrifugal forces on the clutch system can reduce the force with which the clutch diaphragm fingers push against the release bearing. This can result in the clutch pedal staying on the floor until engine RPM decreases and the diaphragm return force increases.

1. Replace the Brake Pedal and Bracket assembly. Refer to Workshop Manual, Section 206-06.

PART NUMBER / PART NAME
BR3Z-2455-M / Brake Pedal And Bracket (Black-3.7L/GT 5.0L w/Brembo Brakes)
BR3Z-2455-P / Brake Pedal And Bracket (Metallic-3.7L/GT 5.0L w/Brembo Brakes)
BR3Z-2455-R / Brake Pedal And Bracket (Black-GT 5.0L Standard Brakes)
BR3Z-2455-T / Brake Pedal And Bracket (Metallic-GT 5.0L Standard Brakes)

WARRANTY STATUS:
Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage

IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB. Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part.

OPERATION
101904A

DESCRIPTION
2011 Mustang MT82 Transmission: Replace The Brake Pedal And Bracket Assembly (Do Not Use With Any Other Labor Operations)

TIME
0.8 Hr.

DEALER CODING

CONDITION CODE
01

BASIC PART NO.
2455

NOTE: The information in Technical Service Bulletins is intended for use by trained, professional technicians with the knowledge, tools, and equipment to do the job properly and safely. It informs these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or provides information that could assist in proper vehicle service. The procedures should not be performed by "do-it-yourselfers". Do not assume that a condition described affects your car or truck. Contact a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership to determine whether the Bulletin applies to your vehicle. Warranty Policy and Extended Service Plan documentation determine Warranty and/or Extended Service Plan coverage unless stated otherwise in the TSB article.The information in this Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) was current at the time of printing. Ford Motor Company reserves the right to supercede this information with updates.The most recent information is available through Ford Motor Company's on-line technical resources.

Copyright (c) 2010 Ford Motor Company Online Publication Date September 20, 2010


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      • 4 Years Ago
      At least it's not the gas pedal!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RAndroid

        Shift into N.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @howdareyou

        You got me.... lol

        But TECHNICALLY he said "simply press on the clutch pedal"

        thank you for entertaining my lame attempt at redemption... doh
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very true.... Good thinking!

        Now ya can't do that with an Automatic.... heh
        • 4 Years Ago
        And even if it was, you could simply press the clutch pedal and be safe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it is quite serious if you use clutch to change gears while overtaking and then lose all the power... of course, it would be recalled if it was toyota...
        • 4 Years Ago
        really? if people knew how to break and put their car into neutral, there would be no toyota recall...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah. Hit the brakes and get back behind the car you were trying to pass, then pull over. This isn't nearly as dangerous as an accelerator pedal issue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      auto > manual. always. forever.
        • 4 Years Ago
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        • 4 Years Ago
        Sometimes it's better just not to play.
        • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      That One Person
      7:45PM (9/24/2010)
      You're gonna go to Chrysler? Good luck with that buddy. You may want to try and contact someone about you not getting any TSBs.

      Also, you need to be a bit more patient if all your truck is doing is shifting hard. Could be a problem with the computer.

      Your problem isn't even all that serious.

      No my problem is not that serious. I just have a poor quality transmission. No biggie. Please. My last F150 had transmission issues in the beginning as well. Face it, Ford sucks with truck transmissions. All their cars seem to shift fine but trucks, no. And I have driven a new Ram as a rental and the shifting was smooth. They might not get everything right but at least the tranny shifts nicely! And I would probably buy a Jeep. Not only have I had those problems, but I had a paint defect from the factory, the interior rattles, and the interior plastics are weak. They scratch waaay to easily. Oh yeah, and I have a part on order for some thing that holds the foam material between the dash and windshield in place because the foam decided to make an appearance on top of my dash. This truck was porly made. My 2004 is a MUCH better truck and the interior took harder hits and still looks decent for being 7 years old and having nearly 127,000 miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can honestly tell you a Chrysler may not be much better. No matter what product it is.

        We have all sorts of Ford trucks in our fleet where I work and yes, some have issues but as far as mechanical, they are all top notch. Like I said, the shifting problem is most likely somewhere in the computer.

        I do work with people that have had various Chrysler products over the years and the problems with those came down to either mechanical or electrical. One of my fellow co-workers went through two radios in his 08 Grand Caravan and had to replace the brake rotors and pads before 20k miles. And his brand new Town and Country (which he has had for three weeks) has already been back to the shop twice. The stories with Rams have been numerous ranging from minor interior rattles to two trannies replaced within 50k miles. That's inexcusable. That's why I stayed away from leasing a Ram. I could have gotten a great deal on a new Ram. Heck, the new Ram has already gone through two recalls if I am not mistaken...both being pretty serious issues if not taken care of.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it was Toyota, it would be moveing forward, and forward, and forward, you know the rest.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait, there are still manual transmission'd Toyotas? I thought for sure they had killed absolutely ALL driving enjoyment in their product line? :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it was Toyota...there would be internal memos boasting on much they saved on replacement clutch pedals...
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, I don't. Why don't you tell us? I'm sure none of us have heard it before; I'm also sure it's not an old, stale, lame attempt at humor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @spin cycle

      you really wanna know what the problem is? i got one word....FORD.
      Marie
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am the proud owner of a 2001 mustang, That car is my baby, I love the car. But just about a year ago my fuel pump went out. I said well ok, let's get it fixed. Well I thought my problem ended right there. But noooooooooooo! When they dropped the tank to replace the fuel pump, they found the filler neck was completely rotted out. So again, I said well ok let's get it fixed.That was in October of 2009, two weeks later my mechanic calls and says, bad news, your filler neck is on "National back order". I said ok well, a couple of weeks, how bad can it be? In June of 2010, I finally got my car back! National back order for a filler neck for a 2001 mustang. Everyone I talked to did nothing but give me a run around. 6 months it took to get that part, not to mention the cost. When it was all over it cost me $900.00 to get my car fixed, not to mention the inconvienence all the way around. I called and called Ford about it, I think it being on "National back order" for that amount of time, I think they should have had to pay for that part. Not me! If and when I ever need work on my mustang again, I will be darn sure I can get the part right away, before I send my car to my mechanic ever again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The funny thing about this is if you go to the Mustang forums this TSB doesn't really "fix" the problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be honest, it doesn't sound like it would.

        The problem is in the bell housing and they are just replacing the pedal. I guess this is because a real fix would require more than 0.8 hours labor and Ford doesn't feel like paying for it if they can avoid it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      my buddies camaro ss has a very similar problem. if you launch hard the clutch pedal gets stuck half way and you smell the clutch burning. im very surprised the mustang has an issue so similar, but at least ford is fixing the issue while my buddy get the run around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The mustang doesn't use a Tremec, they are using an in house design. The name escapes me right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Paul P.

        '11 Mustang GT doesn't have a tremec...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Camaro release was delayed because of the transmission, I don't know if there was an after-the-fact TSB.
        • 4 Years Ago
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
        • 4 Years Ago
        My mistake, I thought this was for the Shelby (which shares transmissions with the Camaro). The GT has a Getrag box now. Previously models used a Tremec.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both are Tremec transmissions, so it wouldn't surprise me if the issue was similar.

        IIRC, didn't the Camaro have a recall or TSB related to the manual transmission as well?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Launch control has to be turned off for hard launches? Isn't that the whole point of launch control? Sounds like ya'll got a raw deal from the manufacturer. Sorry to hear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Getrag MT-82
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another GM (Government Motors) Obama voting democrat????
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have a Gt500 and clutch failed at 9000 miles and now again 4000 miles later. Of course the dealers blame the owners saying we must be hot ridding the cars, spend 60,000 thousand on a car and see if you hot rod it. Great excuse but there are a lot of people with the six speed having the same issue and I believe they are in the six cylinder cars too... But I'm sure there hot roding them too..
      • 4 Years Ago
      You would think after all the reviews and comparo done on the car where they're driving the car hard (lots of high RPM shifts) for long periods of time that this would've occurred.
        • 4 Years Ago
        he problem is that the issue happens to tuned cars...

        and those high rpms they are referring to are not 6900 or 7000.. they are north of 7400 rpm.

        i know cuz I went thru it....

        the bolts on the pressure plate are getting pushed back and screweing the plate.

        it really is a 2 hour job.
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