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98 Ford Ranger won't go into reverse

Truck won't go into reverse or drive this morning. The engine revs, and I can hear the tires squeal like it's trying to move, but nothing. Had this happen a few months ago, but it just "popped" out and went on its way. First big rainstorm and the coldest it's been last night(for Southern California) don't know if that plays a factor. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with my 01 ranger. when i put it in drive or reverse first thing in the morning it wont move and when i give it gas it pops out and goes making a loud clunk sound. this can't be good. please let me know if you have any info on this.

  • jessicaldurh Jan 01, 2009

    Same thing happened to me this morning, and it's been pretty cold at night here too (again, for Southern California). It'll go into Drive, but when I try to reverse, nothing happens.

  • bethh518 Jan 21, 2009

    I also have the same problem. I'm in upstate NY and it's been real cold and snowy. The truck goes in forward find..just can't back up. Is this going to be big bucks to fix?

  • xxdreaxx Feb 12, 2009

    thats really weird cause a couple of nights ago it was extremely cold in so. cal and my husband went to take off and it wont reverse. All of a sudden!
    Neutral it wont even roll out of my carport which is down hill its like the parking break is stuck. Its really bizarre. I cant attempt to go forward because of a brick wall. if anyone finds out id like to know what im in for. thanks!

  • jobu90 Feb 18, 2009

    I have the same problem with my '99 ranger. It will go forward but everything I go in reverse my truck will just slowly go forward instead of reverse.



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The b4000 and ranger are known to have valve body seal problems. they tend to lap over the valve body and cause the problems your describing, id bring it to a mechanic and have it checked. it shouldnt be too expensive maybe 150-200 bucks.

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Dont put parking brake on,choke the wheels and leave it in park

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Sounds like the first question, and most of the comments are all caused by the parking brake freezing while engaged. happens to me all the time. That would explain the "popped" out and went on its way, as well as not rolling downhill in neutral. I don't even use my parking brake in the winter because of that.

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