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Transmission vehicle has correct amount of tranny fluid but reverse doesn't work. Now no gears work. What could be the issue?. It is an 88 ford ranger 2.3? Any ideas?

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    Henry Roa May 11, 2010

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Transmission is gone. Get a new vehicle, or get a rebuilt tranny and swap it out.

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