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Old 11-29-2009, 11:17 PM
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Loose Gear Shift On 5 Speed Manual???

Hi, I am a long time Ford truck fan but just got my first little truck. It is a 1994 Ford Ranger XLT (Extended Cab). It has a 5 speed manual transmission. Anyways I drove it home after buying it and it made alot of weird noises in the transmission. Plus the gear shift has a ton of play in it even when in gear and today if finally just gave out... the shift is just completely loose and I can't get it into any gear at all. What does this sound like? Something loose in the linkage or transmission gone out? Thanks for any insight or help!
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:30 AM
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Sounds like your transmission ran out of fluid. The 5-speed manuals in the about 1992 & up Rangers have issues with the shift rail plugs seeping fluid as the trucks get older. I have replaced them on my truck already. I would first start by checking the fluid level and condition in your transmission. If you do a google search for Ranger shift rail plugs you'll find plenty of info.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:02 AM
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the recomended fluid is Mercon.
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