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Old 10-15-2009, 05:26 PM
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Default Hard to move shift lever to/from PDR21

I recently purchased a 2004 Ford Ranger XL 4 cyclinder 2x4 2.3L automatic 110,000 miles. The previous owner installed a new shift lever cable because it cycled throught PDR21 too easily. Now it cycles through rather roughly. I did not see where to adjust the tension on the cable. When I disconnected the cable from the transmission, I easily cycle through PDR21 using the steering colum lever, but the shift lever on the transmission is hard to move. I replaced the transmission fluid (not including TC) and filter but still same problem. Do you think replacing the shift lever located on the transmission and draining all the transmission fluid (including TC) will fix the problem? Any ideas?

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Old 10-16-2009, 06:27 AM
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No.
Take it to a transmission shop and tell them what you want.
I sounds like the original owner screwed something up in the linkage inside the case.
I hate it when people do stupid things like this. It could cost you a case or the complete linkage because somebody didn't understand the principal or what they were doing.
Understand though, I could be wrong, that happens daily and this is a new day.

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Old 10-16-2009, 06:21 PM
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No.
Take it to a transmission shop and tell them what you want.
I sounds like the original owner screwed something up in the linkage inside the case.
I hate it when people do stupid things like this. It could cost you a case or the complete linkage because somebody didn't understand the principal or what they were doing.
Understand though, I could be wrong, that happens daily and this is a new day.

Ray
yeap...that is a real possibility with the previous owner screwing things up. i suspect he sold the vehicle because he was frustrated with the fixes/problems he were causing with the vehicle. I have already fixed 2 of his problems. He caused a very minor 3rd problem which I plan to live with until I have no choice but to fix. This trasmissions is a 4th most serious problem and I will have it looked at by a professional. these 4 problems are the ones i know he tried to fix but failed. there are other problems that where found and fix during the state inspection. that's why the previous owner sold the vehicle at a very low price and i planned to put some money into the vehicle to get it running right?.

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Old 10-17-2009, 08:42 AM
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There was a time when I would have pulled the trans and figured out what the problem was myself, but that was a long time back and I had 2 or 3 rigs to fall back on. Now with all the electronics on most of the $hit, I find it a lot less expensive to have somethings done by a person who knows about what they are doing. I still do the mechanical part myself, and that is easy, but when it comes to chasing what some dope tried to fix, unless it is straight mechanical, it goes to someone who specializes in that field. In your case; a transmission shop or at the very least, a person who knows what they are looking for and how to do it.

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:24 PM
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I suspect the previous owner didn't put both the shift lever and transmission both in neutral before he attached the cable. He might of had them slightly off, which could cause the problem I'm seeing. I'll screw around with adjusting the cable length tomorrow.

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:16 PM
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Fixed.

I adjusted the cable a little and now I can change gears with ease.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:24 PM
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Great, glad to here that.

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