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Unable to shift into overdrive

I have a 1992 Ford pickup with a 4 speed standard transmission with overdrive. I can use all of the gears but now when I try to shift into overdrive the shfter won;t let me up into overdrive. I drove it one day with no mishap and the next day drove the truck and overdrive was gone. A friend of mine said it might be a solonoid problem. Though I've worked on cars and trucks all my life, I've never worked on a transmission with overdrive so I'm lost as to proceed...any thoughts about a possible solution would be helpful

Tim Swan
San Ramon Calif

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  • srscref May 09, 2009

    I've driven trucks with the syncros worn out , but when you try to shift into another gear, a grinding noise is heard , I have no sound of any kind, the linkage won't even attempt to change gears for me,

  • srscref May 10, 2009

    I changed the fluid hoping againist hope it might solve the problem, but no luck...I'll try you other suggestion and see what happens. Thank you for your help...

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A solenoid problem if its an automatic transmission,if its a manual(with clutch)then its probably the syncros bad

Posted on May 08, 2009

  • scott May 09, 2009

    the only other things i can think of that i have seen with manual transmissions is that at the bottom of the shifter there is a nylon sleeve just under the retaining nut that screws down to the transmission,sometimes those get loose and cant hold the shifter straight,it could be turning a little out of line.Try twisting the shifter clockwise\counter-clockwise while shifting,you should be able to do this with the engine off with the clutch in..if still no luck with it,then check the oil level ,it could be dried out causing the gear for overdrive not slide into place..The last thing is that ive heard of the overdrive going out in Ford transmissions,but i havent had the opportunity to see for myself yet,but i like to do the least expensive steps first,because it could only be a simple fix at times.

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