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'94 Ranger Stuck Gear

BoDean

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I have a manual '94 Ranger 2.3 liter 2x4 that was given to me by a guy at church. The transmission was low on gear oil, and the gears were beginning to whine. I knew that I needed to top up on the lube, but I didn't. Shame on me. The transmission got really hot one day, and the clutch wouldn't even disengage right, I pulled over and felt the tranny, it was scalding hot. I took it to a nearby Sears, and they topped it up with some 80/90 weight. Now I hear that you're supposed to put Dex/Merc auto tranny fluid into the manual tranny, as 80/90 can be too thick. The truck drove fine for a while, but then it got stuck in fourth gear. I removed the shifter, and the access panel in the floorboard, and hack-sawed about six inches of floorboard to remove the top of the tranny, or the shifter-assembly. The forks were in the right place. I verified this several times, even used a tape measure to make sure they were right. Come to find out, fourth gear is bound to the shaft. even with the selector rings in the neutral positions, the truck moves in fourth gear when I release the clutch and give it gas. I wiggled all the gears, every gear has a little bit of movement, except fourth, which is totally solid. The gear itself has actually moved forward about an eight inch on the shaft, and the gear is a little ate up. Is there any way to unbind the gear without taking the tranny apart? I think it's time for a new tranny, but I would like to fix this one if possible. Sorry for the super long post, this being my first post and all. BTW, I would like to take this chance to personally welcome myself to The Ranger Station, and to Ranger ownership in general.
 


piotrsko

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the gear is probably binding because you reprocessed the trans fluid into a paint/glue like substance. if you had a penetrating oil and a bit of heat on the gear itself, it may come loose, but I'm fearing you'll need a press to really force it off.

good news: napa online has parts

bad news: I'm not a tranny guy.

however welcome, and I hope someone who knows more than me will chime in.
 

AllanD

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the transmission is DONE.

4th "gear" isn't a gear at all.

technically what you are looking at is the inout gear, ot technically an input "spur"
which drives the cluster gear, which in turn drives everything else.

in "4th" the input shaft is locked to the output shaft by the "4th gear"
shift collar.

what happens in there when the transmission burns up is that there is a little support bearing insude the input gear that centers a "pilot" on the output shaft.
that bearing has burned up and the output shaft pilot has friction welded itself into the "pocket" inside the input gear.

at this point the transmission cannot even be disassembled without either torching the shaft/gears apart or sawing the case in half.

I'm something os a specialist on those transmissions and What I do when I get one like that is give a little giggle, pick up the trans and toss it in a heap of others like it
(burned up) and lat it lay until I'm pissed off about something and I want to dispel the surplus agression by bashing the crap out of something (or I feel ambitious enough to seperate the steel from the aluminum to get a check from the local scrap metal place to replenish my beer fund)

stick a fork in it, it's quite done.
short of melting it down ans starting over there's no fixing that one.

spend your time/effort/energy/money looking for another transmission.

Truth be told it was likely screwed up by the previous owner and was
on borrowed time when you got it.

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