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Old 10-05-2011, 05:30 PM
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Default 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

Truck wouldn't start, diagnosed it as needing a battery. Bought a new one, threw it in, all is well. On my way home, it became very difficult to shift. The problem has since (within 30 minutes of driving trying to feel out the problem) equated to me only being able to shift right after I start the vehicle.

When I come to a stop and try to shift into gear again, I can't. I have to turn off and turn back on the truck and then I'm able to, and any shift after that is insanely difficult to impossible (most of the time impossible.)

After I shift, it begins making an odd noise. I wouldn't call it a 'grinding' noise, the best way I can describe it is like there are dried leaves being rubbed together at the speed my engine is turning.

Any help you can give would be appreciated. This is my daily driver and I'm pretty much F'ed if it goes down.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:37 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

Weak slave cylinder or Pilot bearing problems.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

Thanks for the quick reply. Any idea as far as cost / do it yourself factors or is this something that it should be taken in for? Also, if anyone has a moment to elaborate on the above reply that would be amazing.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:12 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

well the slave is what moves the clutch fork which allows you to shift..hence the name...slave cylinder(does the hard work) if it is leaking then it can do its job as good so you have shifting issues
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:22 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

Thanks for the explanation. (If it hasn't made itself obvious yet, I don't know shit about cars.) Guess I'm calling my guy tomorrow to see if I can get some sort of estimate.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

easy way to check if it is leaking is look against the front driver side panel you should see a small reservoir open the cap and check to see if you are low on fluid. If that is not the case you might have air in the lines as well. You should be able to rpm the shifting on that as mine is a 99 manual, and I can reach certain rpm and shift up or down. Not to say you should do this all the time, but if it gets to a point where pushing in the clutch does nothing try it and see if it works, if not I'm going with tranny shift fork problems more than anything else if all above fails to work for you
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:10 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

Thanks, I'll try it out tomorrow and see what happens. I did check that fluid and it was up to the top so I assume that means all is well there.

Just to be clear, are you telling me to rev the engine and then try to shift it by just throwing it in gear with the gas pedal down or letting go and hitting the clutch like normal?

Edit -- There was a great deal of trying to jump it (unsuccessfully) earlier in the day right before all this started. Any chance that could have messed something up?

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Old 10-07-2011, 07:07 AM
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nononononono, never just rev the crap out of it and slam it into gear. If your five spead is the same tranny as mine then it has slippable gears, which means that after starting out in first at about 20 mph you can let off the gas and pull it out of first with out the clutch then pull it towards second tap the throttle and it will slide into gear. If you can't pull it out of gear without the clutch then you probably have internal damage to the tranny. Down shifting is running the rpm down low enough that you pull it out of a higher gear and move it towards a lower one tap the throttle and it slides in. Takes some playing around to find the right speeds and rpm, but can be used if you have clutch failure. I do not recommend doing this in replacement of using the clutch. Not all trannies have slippable gear so don't jump out in traffic and attempt this, could be very bad.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:27 AM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

I guess my other thought is if you really are not sure what I am talking about don't try it. I don't want you to mess anything up worse than it might already be
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:19 AM
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Yeah, I didn't end up trying it out, I figure it's better just to sit until I get it looked at. May have an in for a cheapo friend of a friend who can fix it...we'll see. Thanks again for all the info, excuse my general ignorance on these subjects.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:18 AM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2.5L Manual Trans Shifting Problem

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Yeah, I didn't end up trying it out, I figure it's better just to sit until I get it looked at. May have an in for a cheapo friend of a friend who can fix it...we'll see. Thanks again for all the info, excuse my general ignorance on these subjects.
when you say" jump it" do you mean with a another car and jumper cables? or do you mean "pop starting" it.

also to check if the clutch is releasing you crawl under the truck pull off the inspection rubber, have someone depress the clutch the slave should move about 5/16 of an inch...........the issue could be your Master cylinder........that is a much easier cheaper fix

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