Hi my 1990 V6 4Runner has lost 5th and Reverse, they started off getting pretty hard to put into 5th and reverse, now i have nothing, the shifter just flops around when trying to put it in to these gears, all the others, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th are fine, can you please help me?
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as the 5th gear and reverse gear are on the same shifter rail the there may be a problem with the selector fork for reverse gear. Undo the bolts that hold the shifter turret to the box and see if the reverse selector moves when you use a lever to move the rail
90 Ford Bronco II: You have to put it in whichever gear you want it in before you start it or it wont shift at all. Then once you are going its extremely hard to shift into the other gears. Reverse is the only gear that sounds like its grinding.
your tranny synchronizing bearings are going out most likely. usually it starts getting hard going into reverse then sometimes into fifth and grinds as it gets worse. something to help with it will be when you first start the car just put the car in 5th gear before you go into reverse that allowsyour bearing to align and ussually allows it to go in more freely.
It's one of these things. 1) You need secranizers for the gears you mentioned.(might as well put in a new Transmission) 2) The throw-out bearing is bad.3) The clutch is not ingauging enough for the gears to not want to go into smoothly.
Best Of Luck,
P.S. I reread your information again. If it changes well out of the car then I would think it is the clutch itself causing the shifting issues.
you have a linkage problem its either where the shifter is in the floor there is a ball there that wears out and causes this. or its loose at the transmission just pop the hood and visually inspect the transmission and the shifter linkages see if any are not connected. if its connected and tight on the trans then you know you need a new shifter in the car. they are not hard to replace.