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V8 Vantage Skipping gears when paddle shifting

My 2012 V8 vantage S has been skipping gears when using the paddle shift. It doesn't happen every shift, but it does happen enough to make it annoying. Regular drive mode seems to hit all the gears fine, but in sport shift mode it will sometimes skip one or even two gears with one push of the paddle. I'm positive that I'm not double tapping the paddle... The first time it happened, I fixed it by adjusting the wheel up and then back down and it went away for a few months. Now the problem is back and the wheel adjustment trick isn't working any more. Any ideas on how to fix, or has this happened to anyone else?
 
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I have the exact same issue right now - I clutch relearn on every startups. Did a fluid change, didnít resolve. I did come across another poster in the facebook group who resolved this by cleaning the paddle contacts/internals. Going to attempt to see if it will resolve - apparently over time the paddle rubber/contacts can become dirty or bad and just need to be redone. Seems like a simple enough job
 
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Thanks for your response, I just dropped it off to a mechanic who knows these cars pretty well. I'll let you know what the diagnosis is. I feel like it has something to do with what your describing because while driving there I realized that if I hold the paddle down it will shift once, and then shift a second time upon release sometimes (Other times when I hold it I get only one shift)... It also does make sense that adjusting the steering wheel up and down did cure it for a few months.
 

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Please keep us updated as there really aren't any other threads on the issue
 
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Ok, so here's the update. I would 100% think that this would have something to do with the photos above having dirty connections. But the tech is telling me that it may have something to do with the key. My key (That gets inserted in to the center dashboard) sometimes doesnt rebound completely to sit flush with the dashboard upon startup. It will sometimes hang up just the slightest bit from being were it is supposed to sit. This never effected the way the car ran at all and it never bothered me. When he hooked the car up to his computer he got no reading of the car at all even though it was running, until he pulled the key out about a millimeter and then he got readings from the car. His suspicion is the key position was the problem and he wound up wet sanding and waxing the top, bottom, and sides of the key to make it slide in the ignition easier. They key now glides right in smoother than it ever has and returns to the exact place it is supposed to be after cranking. He thinks the car may have not been getting to correct signals from the key... I was doubtful, but the car does seem to be shifting fine now. There has been one or two miss shifts over the last few days, but it is way better than it was. I'm not 100% sure this is the fix yet, but you guys should try it and compare the outcomes. I may try driving with different keys over the next few days to see if it comes back. I'll keep you posted.
 
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Interesting, I would like to see pics of how a key is supposed to properly sit to reference to my own - just to eliminate that as a potential problem
 
 
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