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Old 09-25-2016, 08:38 PM
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Unhappy Pushed out of 3rd gear on ramp | Will not shift into 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear anymore!

Hi there! I've just gotten a 1996 Ford Ranger 2.3l with 240k miles about a week ago, I got it by trading one of my flat screen TV's.
When inspecting the truck for the first time, it ran good, I took the trade and drove 120 miles back to where I live. It drove great, no issues it running at all.

A week later, I changed the engine oil and filter (Mobil-1 Synthetic 5w-30), I took it out and as I was going down the freeway ramp (I was in 3rd gear about 6k-8k RPM), I suddenly heard a popping noise and sounded like it popped out of gear so I quickly shifted into 4th gear and took the upcoming exit.

After taking the exit, I could not shift into 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear and was only limited to 4th, 5th and reverse. I drove about 4 miles home in 4th gear.

Now when I got home, I tried through all the gears and reversing, the truck is slow when letting out the clutch in 4th and 5th and a strong smell of something burning (possibly clutch). When I put the truck in neutral and I let go of the clutch, it seems as if the truck is still in some gear...

Before this happened, I've also noticed a rattling noise when putting the truck in 1st and 2nd gear even when the clutch is engaged. The engine still runs great! Will start up no problem to this day.

I am not sure if I did something wrong while changing the oil and filter, this is the first Ford truck that I've owned and did many other oil changes on my other vehicles. I will take pictures of the drain plug where i drained the engine oil. (I put 4 quarts in). I'm 80% sure that I did not drain the tranny fluid lol.

Please reply to this thread if anyone has any information or help on this topic! Thank you!!

tldr; Got the truck, went down freeway ramp in 3rd gear about 3-4k RPM, truck popped out of gear, will no longer shift into 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. Truck seems to be in a gear even when put into neutral.

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Old 09-25-2016, 10:28 PM
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Default Re: Pushed out of 3rd gear on ramp | Will not shift into 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear anymore!

Start the truck in neutral then press the clutch and try to go into first, also drain the transmission oil and see if it has metal in it. The oil is ford automatic transmission fluid just so you aren't suprised if it is some what red. The plug is on the driverside and says drain above it.
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:47 AM
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Default Re: Pushed out of 3rd gear on ramp | Will not shift into 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear anymore!

Fix the linkage. Keep the rpms below 5500. Maybe below 5k. Fewer parts will be left on the highway.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:47 AM
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Fix the linkage. Keep the rpms below 5500. Maybe below 5k. Fewer parts will be left on the highway.
Thanks for the reply guys, I've taken the shifter off and this is what I see. Does this seem normal?

I plan on draining and refilling the transmission fluid later today.
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:06 PM
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Default Re: Pushed out of 3rd gear on ramp | Will not shift into 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear anymore!

Damn, gotta keep the RPM's under 5k man. Especially on an old truck. Trans looks okay from the pic, but any damage would be under all that. If you didn't lose all the fluid on the highway it should be good. Losing fluid is the #1 killer on these transmissions.

In order to get inside you have to drop the trans and open the access port on the top of the trans so you can see the gears/collars/linkage
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