Question about 1997 Ford Ranger SuperCab
When starting the truck you must start it in first gear, if you start it in neutral it will not shift in to any other gear. When driving and you engage the clutch to shift it will go to neutral and will not shift out of neturel, you must stop kill the engine put it in first then start the engine. The shifting stiff in all gears. Oil level is OK and there is no slop or play in the shift stick. The transmission is quite except when shifting it makes a noise.
Why does my m5r1 tranny not shift into 5th or reverse?
Posted on Mar 24, 2011
The clutch on that vehicle is draging : a very common problen on that vehicle : The Clutch master cylinder probly has some air traped in it causing insuficient travel in the slave and failing to completly release the clutch. Inside the box of a new clutch , there should be a 4 page tech buliten advising on three ways to bleed this clutch. I have the same problem on my son's 88.
Posted on May 02, 2009
You might have to try to adjust the freedom of clutch pedal,
The noise during shifting can be adressed to exessive wear clutch parts or again it might be a sign that indicates the not complete enabling the calutch
To find out what is causing the noise, set the parking brake, place the vehicle in neutral and start the engine.
If you hear growling or grinding noises when the clutch is engaged, the cause is the transmission input shaft bearing.
A squealing sound that occurs when the clutch pedal is depressed and held is usually caused by a bad pilot bearing or bushing.
A chirping noise that intensifies when the pedal is slowly depressed would indicate a bad release bearing.
If you hear chirping while idling in neutral and the noise goes away when the pedal is slowly depressed, the fork/pivot ball contact point is making the noise
Hope that helps.
The clutch adjustment procedure you can find at
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Posted on Feb 27, 2009
Internal slave cylinders are known to leak , unfortunate it is behind clutch assembly , i would change both , clutch master and slave cylinder
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
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