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Ford explorer I put my car into reverse, started reversing, and something went bang. sounded like I had hit something. I now have no reverse gear. Could this be the belt, or if not , could you give me an idea, as I have to fix this problem myself. your's hopefully, Peter.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Did you look under the truck to see if the driveshaft is broken? If that is ok, then you will need to take it to a trans repair shop for further diagnosis.

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There a few differnt things to look at.
First look at the univeresal joints make sure they are ok then I would pull the rear differential cover and see if there is any gears broke in it ( a little messy). If you are convienced that it is the transmission take the pan off and see if there are any metal shavings in the pan (messy as well). There is a magnet in the transmission pan that will collect the metal shavings ( note there is also a magnet in the differential for the same purpose). I do not know your skill level of mechanics but, a transmission does take a lot of specialty tools and they are not cheap so I would recommend take it to a transmission shop. If you do it yourself there is no warranty if something happens. Most reputable shops have good warranties. I hope this has helped you and good luck.

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