I have a '94 Ranger w/ a 5 spd. This should be the M5OD-R1-right? I just bought the truck a few days ago.
First Issue: Any time you put the tranny in reverse without putting it in a forward gear beforehand, it will grind. Doesn't matter which forward gear you put it in, just so long as you do this before putting it into reverse. Once you do this, it will go into reverse just fine.
I was thinking this could be a synchro going out. Any other possibilities?
Second Issue: Say I'm driving down the road, the transmission will shift in and out of eact gear just fine-no problems. When come to a stop, I put the tranny in neutral. When I get ready to take off again, the tranny does want to go into gear. There's no grinding or anything like that, it's more like I have to find the gates. It just doesn't want to slip into the gates like it should, I have to move the stick around trying to get it into any gear. Once I find any gear, then it will slip right into first. Then the 1--> 2 shift is a bit stiff, and subsequent shifts are just fine.
The truck has a 3" body lift.
Could this be causing misalignment of the shift linkage?
Are there any bushings there to wear out and cause a misalignment?
This problem seems to be more of an alignment issue than anything else. Also, is there anything else I should know/watch out for (other than hearing it's junk)?
I have this trans in my truck, not 4x4 though, but i go into 4th gear before trying anyother gear, it seams to ingage the easyest this way.
There is no shift linkage on this trans shifter goes straight into the trans.
When stop and put tranny in neutral all the gears are still turning so when you engage to a gear it has to stop them from turning, so 4th gear does it the easyest.
Also have you checked the fluid(it takes mercon atf) sometimes the little rubber plugs on top of the trans will go bad and it will leak. Most people will put small freezplugs in place of them.
Here is some info on it. http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...aintenance.htm
I had a 94 B4000 4x4 and it did the same thing. It definately helped to change the fluid though. That tranny leaked a little bit. My current truck has the same transmission, but I have NEVER had that problem. Kind of weird. BTW my truck now is a 96 F150, but it has the M5OD. I think it's something you just have to live with. It's especially bad in the winter.