When car sitting still, i have to move shift lever around and in and out of other gears before it will go into first. usually if i go into second gear first it will then go up into first. When it won't go into reverse i have to wiggle shifter back and forth a few times and it will then go into reverse after a few tries. when driving and coming to a stop, i have a hard time getting into first once i have stopped, but if i press the clutch in and hold it, while slowing down, i can get it into first before i come to a stop.
Sounds like a weary clutch system im sure it will turn out to be. there is a reason you can get into 1st while still rolling a bit and that is because the car rolling and the clutch to the floor are helping the gears in the trans to mesh easier and when stopped the trans gears are stoped and the clutch is not openin enough to let gears mesh so maybe an adjustment or the ultimate a worn clutch,hope i was helpful
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There is one of 2 problems that will give this indication. The first is the gear lever end in the shift rail has moved out of the slot and is behind the slot and not moving it . This can be checked by removing the lever mount from the top of the box and physically moving the shift rail back into the neutral position then replacing the gear lever back into the selector gate and moving the rail again.. The second possible fault is that the selector fork has come loose on the rail and is not moving the gear (just sliding on the rail) If that is the case the box will have to come out unless you can see the selector fork and the lock screws from the top of the box when the lever mount is removed.. If you can move the selector rod forward and tightening up the lock screw then pulling it back to neutral. Repeat until the fork is back in neutral position and lock it up. Most lock screws have a hole and there is wire tied around the shaft to prevent the screw coming loose. If the box has been reconditioned at some time then it is possible that the person doing the job neglected the wire bit.
the gears my be fine need to remove the boot around your shifter make sure everything is connected still should have a cable shifter in it. if it is all hooked up there open the hood and look on top of the transmission it will have a lever the move back n forth to shift for each gear the other end of your cable attaches to the lever should have a either a plastic bushing or clip attaching it to the lever some time those wear the it pops off
have somebody move the shift around and see if it moves if it dont you need a shifter cable.
if it does then before you go any further reach down with your hand or a screw drive or pry bar if you cant get you hands to it with the clutch engaged you should be able to shift it into gear maunaly and feel it go in jus like you would if you was doin it from in the car make sure your gently so you dont bend anything if you can feel it go into each gear make sure your adjust the cable to where everything works
The lever is connected to linkage which inputs gear selection into the transmission via a shaft. Have a man sit in the vehicle and move the gear selector gently through its range while you observe from underneath. If the linkage has become disconnected from that shaft you may be able to fix this yourself. If however the linkage is good, then you should have a transmission shop look at it. If the linkage is not moving at all then I would pull the console out and take a look at the bottom of the gear selector. Do not have the engine running please, this is why you cannot let a woman sit in the car while you are underneath it.
What could be done is to see if the linkages of the gear levers have a play which make it move out of aligment and makes the final motion to push the lever difficult . If so there is a possibility that the nylon bushes are worn out and replacing them will make the linkages tighter and shift better to have the movement for the gearr box.
the second problem can be the gear box itself where in there is a mechanical jamming within the notch selectors that make is tight and not move . check if an extra help move it , if so the gear box has to be removed and reset.
Usually I find one of three problems that cause a manual transmission to be stuck in a single gear. If the gear oil level is low then the shift forks and rails can get dry and bind enough that the rail sticks and won't move. The same low fluid problem can cause the sliding gear to become stuck hard enough on the splined shaft it slides on that it won't move or the shift interlock parts between the shift rails [which prevent two gears from being engaged at once] can break or bind which will also prevent the shift lever from moving. The shift lever and tower [the part the lever is fastened to on top of the transmission] may have to be removed to see if the problem can be fixed from the top or if the problem is internal and the transmission has to be taken apart and repaired. There are other problems that cans cause this such as bad internal bearings, broken or worn shift forks but they are fairly rare if the oil level is maintained and changed occasionally.
check around the selector area at the gearbox and where the shift lever sits to see if a harnes section or wire is getting trapped, chafed, or crushed, or if a plug is being pulled when 2nd is selected. The actual gears and box have NO way to cut the engine out so the moving external parts on the gearbox or shift must be causing an electrical cut out by interfering with nearby components.
try this.you have 2 shifter cables.one is select cable the other is shift cable.first put the transmission selector lever in neutral.then move transmission shift lever to 4th gear.depress clutch to if necessary to shift.move the shift lever to the 4th gear position until contacts stop.then you turn the adjuster turn buckle so the shift cable eye aligns with the eye in the gear shift lever.when installing the cable eye. make sure the flange side of plastic bushing at the shift cable end is on the cotter pin side.the cables should be adjusted so the clearance between the shift lever and both stoppers are equal when the shift lever is moved to 3rd and 4th gear. move the shift lever to each position and check that the shifting is smooth.
Ok ready to stand on your head under the dash?
It's doable... there is a flange connected to the gearshift lever under the steering column. If you remove the lower dash cover where the fuses are, you should be able to see it when you move the gear shift lever... look around on the floor of the truck to see if you dropped a star-headed bolt or two... these bolts worked loose on my superduty and made shifting very difficult..it was an easy fix... let me know how you do on it.
You need to free up your throttle pressure control cable linkage that sits above your shift cable linkage at the top of your transaxle on drivers side. I had the same problem from time to time, caused it to stay in lower gear longer, and shift down hard when slowing down. Happened more when I drove it a little harder as pushing gas pedal further down causes it to rotate, but then sticks & doesn't come back right a way. Free it up with penetrating lube first, then put a good coat of spray grease like white lithium after its moving freely again, and it should be problem free for a while. You may have to move some things to get at it. If you need a picture email (email@example.com), seeing how I can't seem to figure out how to send it from here.