Originally Posted by Just call me Sean
Make sure the tranny is full of fluid, it takes Dextron/Mercon III. The shifter bushings are probably worn out and will cause hard shifting. With the shifter in gear there should be minimal side to side play.
I just read this and now I am confused. Dextron/Mercon III in a manual. Isn't this an automatic fluid.I thought manuals took a heavier fluid like 80W. Please set me straight, because I was going to go get some fluid TODAY and top mine off since I have a hard shifting from 1st to 2nd.(1996 F-150 4.9/5 speed manual. My famous quote,Please God keep me from screwing this up. Thanks guys Mike