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Re: Linkage for transmission
Why don't you start by getting the correct linkage. Maybe the tranny you replace is not exactly the same one. No difficult to replace, some of them have adjustments so maybe you might be able to get away with it, by adjusting it properly. Ensure the tranny is in the park position when adjusting, if properly adjusted, all the other gear shift should fall in place.
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The linkage may be out of adjustment preventing the shifter from moving into reverse or park.
One way to test this is to disconnect the linkage and manually move the lever on the transmision making sure that it can be set into park. Also try moving the lever counting each click from park to low gear to make sure it is clicking into each gear. If this works then the linkage is probably out of adjustment.
On the link cable there is typically a bolt in an oval shaped metal near the transmission shift lever.
1)Detach the shift cable from the transmission shift lever
2)Put the transmision shift lever in the park position, and also the shifter in the cab
3)Loosen the adjustment bolt
4)Reattach the cable to the lever
5)Tighten the adjustment bolt in place
6)Confirm that you can shift through all of the gears
Hope this helps
Two possible causes could be a bad neutral safety switch (enables the vehicle to start in only Park or Neutral) or the transmission linkage may need adjusting. If you feel significant "play" in the gear shift (from what you described, it appears to have a lot of play) the linkage will need to be adjusted to get the gear shift to "lock in" to the individual gears instead of sliding.
First thing check your fluid level, its low enough it won't go into gear and if its full, then check your shift linkage, it should be cable and it may have broke and last if the cable and fluid are good, check the shifter column thats attached to the steering column if its loose or worn out it could prevent it from going into gear.
sounds like the transmition gear shift cable is streched out or the plastic coating around it may have broke. but first go under the truck and see if there is any thing wrong with the transmission linkage. this is located on the drivers side and will have a cable hooked to it( the cable is the shift cable). from the linkage you should be able to manualy put the truck in to park if you cant i would recomend taking it to a transmission shop.
It is possible that the shift linkage is out of adjustment and is going into neutral and not making it to Reverse, try moving the gear selector slowly from park, through reverse to Neutral, and see if it will go into reverse somwhere in between. If this does not work ,you may have Reverse gear failure, a common problem with explorer/ranger transmissions. unfortunatly it requires rebuilding the transmission
loosen up the linkage at the transmission a little,click the linkage i click on the transmission(shift it manually to reverse),put the gear selector in the car in reverse,then tighten the linkage.see if that helps.