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I was putting my bronco into second gear for safety purposes in case my parking break were to fail, when I noticed my truck proceeded to roll back, at that time I returned to second gear and pulled back into my driveway, then noticed my truck was stuck in first gear and now will not move, I messed around with it some based on what the manual said to do.... but i have not no luck besides getting a little more range of motion out of my clutch but it still persists to have problems... I have my own general ideas of what might be wrong, but if someone could help please do so. Thanks in advance...

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You should NEVER use second as a "safety precaution" use first gear and it probably won't ever roll away.

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