Greetings. Sorry to hear all the crap you're going through with the dealer. Is that the only dealer around and have they sold and serviced other Boss 302's or even Shelby's? Sometimes it really pays off If you can find a dealer that has more experience with hi-po cars. The leak thing is bugging me. By any chance have you been able to get under the car with a flash light? I'm wondering if you had the fluid change TSB. If you did then the person who serviced it might have over filled it. That could cause fluid to be pushed out the rear seal. With the engine off can you shift into all the gears?
Oops, just read you post again and see the TSB for the fluid change was not done. So when you wind out 1st gear over 4000 rpm you cannot get 2nd gear at all? When you installed your shifter was there anything to adjust under the boot? Or possibly something came loose. That fluid leak really bugs me. The leaking fluid, is slightly transparent or black like used motor oil?
When you go back on Thursday, get the service manager to drive it while you ride shotgun.
Good luck and take care.
Bad Boss 302:
Thank you for your post, it is nice to discuss this issue with a fellow Boss owner. The dealer, does not sell many Hi Po cars, they have had a Red/White Shelby on the showroom floor for the last 6 months and my Boss was only the 1 of 2 Boss 302's the dealership sold. I do have to say this dealer does have a great sales department with a professional staff.
I did ask about the TSB for transmission oil change at time of write up, but the service adviser refused to even write my request on the WRO. I did not push the issue at that time. Had I known about the dealership poor service department, I would have taken the car to a Ford Racing certified dealership about a half hour away from me and started my repair history there, but now I have to stay with this dealer and give them a chance. I checked their CSI scores, and although not the best, they were not hateful, in the top 85% of their district/zone.
Yes, I had the car on the lift to check for the source of the clunk sound when the clutch pedal is depressed at low speeds, (under 10 mph). Then I found the leak. The leak itself is from the left side, (driver side) and is coming from the top 1/3 part of the transmission. Even with a drop light I could not see the source of the leak as the trans tunnel gets close, up towards the top of the trans. There are no leaks from the usual sources, rear main seal, front main seal, case plugs, speedo, etc. The oil is light in color and looks like engine oil that was just changed, it is clear. The car has 731 miles and the engine oil is OK, slightly darker in color. I am lucky as my engine has no oil consumption issues. I have been checking that since new and the engine has only used a thumb nail of oil on the dip stick.
As for the MGW shifter install, I thought something was coming loose, but all is well, I removed the heat shield and insulation, checked the mount, and checked the shift rod to the rear of the trans, no leaks at the trans shift rod seal. The bushings are MGW shift rod bushings are properly installed, and the rear support is tight.
I thought at first that the trans may have been overfilled and perhaps oil was coming out a vent tube (if equipped), so I checked the trans fill plug located mid trans, right side. This is a 5/16 Allen wrench plug, when I remove the plug, no oil drip out, and the hole is too small to fit your little finger, so I carefully dipped the Allen wrench in the hole, about 1-1/8" but the wrench came out dry. So I am worried about possible lack of lubrication issues now. Note: I still can't believe that the service director wants me to drive the car, knowing that I told him the transmission is still leaking oil. Today I will speak with him again and request that the car is towed in.
Yes, the shifter can be shifted through all the gears, engine off, clutch depressed. This is when you feel the MGW difference. As far as adjustments under the boot, there are no adjustments, the MGW unit is designed for a straight up install replacing the factory unit.
Thanks again for your post and questions, it is good to talk about this issue. I agree with you, this leak really bugs me too. There should not be too many sources of the leak and they should be able to ID the source very easily, or one would think. I requested the Service Director to ride with me to demo the issues, but guess what? He refused, saying "Oh I'm not the right person for that". Makes me wonder, you know what they say, leadership starts at the top! I will post up once the Boss is returned. Oh by the way, I have to think of a name for her, what do you call your Boss? - Best Regards - Hi Pro
2012 KB Boss 302 MC: 500A | Boss Production Line Assembly Number 2800. Vehicle Special Ordered with Recaro Sport Seats & 3.73:1 Torsen Option | Engine: FRPP 84.5MM TB, Peterson CJ Vent Can, TracKey Activated, AirAid CF PJ CAI, FRPP 84.5MM TB | Drivetrain: AE 4.0" Aluminum DS, MGW Gen 3 Race Spec Shifter, GT500 Clutch Pedal Box, FRPP Stainless Clutch Line, Dedicated Clutch Fluid Reservoir, FRPP Trans Cooler Scoop. | Exhaust: Silver Ceramic Kooks Super Street Headers, MagnaFlow Street/Comp 3.0" SS CB X-Pipe System, Open Kooks SS Boss Side Pipes. | Suspension: FRPP "T" Springs (alternate Steeda Boss Rear Springs), Koni Sports (Yellow) Adjustable Struts/Shocks, Steeda HD Camber Plates, Cortex Watts Link, Steeda Billet KB Poly/Spherical LCA's, KB LCA Relo Brkts, Steeda Adj. UCA & Energy Suspension Sys. Upper Diff Housing Bush, OEM Boss Rear Sway Bar | FRPP GT500 Forged wheels, (19X9.0 F & 19X10.0" R) | Brakes: FRPP Boss 302 Cooling Duct Kit, Steeda SS/Kevlar Brake Lines, GT500 13.8" Rear Rotors, GT500 Rear Brake Pads, Dot 4 Motul 600 HT Fluid | Body: FRPP Boss 302S Grill, FRPP Boss 302 LS Front Splitter, FRPP GT500 Rear Spoiler & Serviceable Gurney Strip, BFR Front Tow Hook, Jacking Plates, 3M Window Tint, (35/20), OEM Boss 302 Floor Mats & Boss 302 Car Cover, Pioneer TS-D6802R Speaker System, Auto Dim, Home Link & Compass Mirror. Notes: Current Intake System - Ram Air thru Front Grill Fog Light, OEM CAI Box and AEM Aluminum Intake Tube with Drop-In High Flow Filter. In Testing Spring 2016. SCT-X4 Tuner used exclusively for Data-Logging AFR/Timing Curves Only. FRPP TracKey is Preferred PCM Tune.