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M5R2? popping out of OD, now no reverse

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Old 07-19-2011, 02:41 PM
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M5R2? popping out of OD, now no reverse

1990 F150 4.9, 130,000 original miles by me.

Hey all I'm starting to get the feeling its time for a new tranny, but before I make that leap I wanted the FTE experts opinions first. In the last month I noticed as I cruised in OD (5th) if I let off the accelerator it would drop out of gear and into neutral.

I had a weekend planned for a little TLC on my truck, new brakes, brake lines, oil change etc...So i decided to change the Tranny fluid as well and see if it made any difference in my OD issue. A few days of driving and OD is the same and now I can't find reverse without fighting and grinding for a bit. It seems to be getting worse. I used ATF tranny fluid when I did the change, using the one the boyz at Advanced Auto suggested. I did notice when I drained the fluid it was yellowish, and the new stuff I put in was red if that tells ya anything.

The drain plug had a thick buildup of greasy muck on it with the usual tiny shavings and one thin piece of chewed metal about a inch long. It looked like what could be the remenants of a spring from the shifter bushing. So did I screw up something using the wrong tranny fluid or is my tranny just giving up the ghost? What say you all??

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Old 07-19-2011, 03:54 PM
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Popping out of gear is usually a sign that internal bushings are slopped out.

ATF is the correct fluid for the M5OD. It doesn't make much diff which type you use.
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When you say internal bushings do you mean the ones at the base of the shifter? Thanks,
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http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/10...rs-update.html Have a read here, may help.
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Bushing kit ordered, Thank you all.

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When you say internal bushings do you mean the ones at the base of the shifter?
No, I mean the bushings (and/or bearings) that keep the input and output shafts and the cluster gear aligned inside the transmission.
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