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Old 03-15-2010, 08:04 PM
Doug in Houston Doug in Houston is offline
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Default Manual tranny problem in cold weather

Hi All, new to the site. My son is in college in Prescott AZ. He has a 96 ext. cab ranger 2.5 /5 speed. In the cold weather at 5400 feet elevation he gets in starts it up releases the clutch but no gear is engaged. As he lets out on the clutch the engine runs for about 15 seconds then stalls. In warmer weather like today, no problem. Local tranny shop says it needs $2200 in work could be bearings, clutch, syncros, slave cyl . just about everything. My wife was out to visit three weeks ago and the truck seemed normal to her . This problem came on all at once according to my son. He's 20 and not a lot of car knowledge. He does say that he feels something like a plate moving when he releases the clutch. Any ideas or common problems with fixes would be appreciated. He's 1200 miles away and my tranny guy could help us out if the truck was here. I feel I'm at a huge disadvantage being so far away and don't want to get screwed. Thanks

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Old 04-24-2010, 05:09 PM
mr cribb mr cribb is offline
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Default Re: Manual tranny problem in cold weather

I have a 94 with lots more miles. My trans is in same condition. My issue happens to be the slave cylinder not holding enough pressure on cold mornings. This is a $48 part from autozone. The downfall is you have to remove the trans to install it. I would do like I plan on and just replace the clutch at same time $120 from autozone.

I have read on here that this is pretty common when the trans fluid is worn out. It is ATF instead of gear oil. It takes almost 3 qts to fill. The quick remedy is to replace one of the 2 qts for a bottle of Lucas trans fix and then put in the other 2 bottles of specified ATF.

So you could try fluid change solution first, as it would be the cheapest. Probably $30 for the fluid total.

I usually double clutch mine on cold days until the fluid warms up a little then it's back to normal.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:37 PM
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Default Re: Manual tranny problem in cold weather

He could get a low mileage salvaged tranny installed for a lot less than 2200....
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:35 AM
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Default Re: Manual tranny problem in cold weather

He may also show improvement in function if he replaces the transmission oil with synthetic. If that doesn't help then a transmission additive should be tried. Do not take it to a transmission shop as they'll do a number on you unless you find an honest one. Maybe someone from this forum who lives in the area could go the extra mile and help him. Dave
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:54 AM
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Default Re: Manual tranny problem in cold weather

Is the $48 part you are mentioning the Slave cylinder? I am missing the rubber diaphragm in the MC could that contribute to the same problems as well?

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