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Transmission issue I have a friend who has a 1998 Ford Ranger XLT with a 2.5L engine Manuaul transmission. He has an issue. He had broken the rear end and had got it fixed. I went out there to look at it and He has the balance weight on the drive shaft is broken. He is only able to get it to shift into 4th and 5ht gear only. No reverse or 1st or 2nd. I told him that the shift syncronizers for those particular gears may be sheared or bad. They think it maybe the pin that come out or broke. I think that the mesh on the gears is damaged. he said that it happened going around the curb real sharp and that he had took it to get it fixed as far as the rear end. I think the balance on the drive shaft has damaged the internal gears. If you have any info. I would greatly appreciate it. I told him that I would do some searching for him. I went to Technical school for all this but, this it the first time I have seen this. Again any info would be greatly be appreciated.. Sincerely, John H.

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This 'ol truck has more shift issues than a Kleenex box has wipes. First off, a broken weight on the drive shaft is not going to cause gear selection problems. I suspect that the "curb" was more than the truck's clearance could handle, and that there is more damage under there than what meets the untrained eye. Rather than try to fix the whole thing on this forum, I would bite the bullet on this and take it to a shop and have them tell me what happened this past weekend. Tell them everyone's sober now and how they've learned their lesson and to please be easy on them....accordianman

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