My 2007 Escape XLS manual trans just started getting really hard to get in gear. It almost seams as though I am only engaging the clutch half way but it is fully engaged. It will pop and grind into gear at first and then this will ease up as you drive more with the shifting eventually returning to almost normal as the car gets warmer. Of course the dealer is trying to tell me I need a clutch replacement but there is no way I should need a clutch at 41000 miles. As I said, once the car gets warm it runs perfectly. Is this a master cylinder or slave issue? Anyone seen this? Thanks.