• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

No shifts


TheBrokenRanger

New Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2024
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Points
3
Location
23140
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ford ranger 4.0
Transmission
Manual
Hey y’all I scrolled for awhile and couldn’t find anything covering this. If I missed it I apologize for bringing up something covered. I have a 1994 4x4 4.0 manual. transmission went bad after owning it for a couple months my buddy with a 2x2 said it would be easy so I didn’t do much research before I tore into it. Anyways exhaust bolts were to rusted nothing worked so I had to cut the exhaust off. I removed transmission after running into the normal amount of problems, (all of the problems possible)
I replaced transmission, clutch line, clutch, pressure plate, transmission fluid, and slave. After doing all that work it won’t go into gear. It will go into gear when the truck isn’t running it will shift fine as soon as you start the engine push the clutch all the way in it’s like the gears don’t exist no grinding no nothing. Thinking through it I assume I got a bad slave cylinder? Is there a way to verify this so I don’t remove the transmission and replace the wrong part? Any tips or knowledge would be appreciated.
 


alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
They are very difficult to bleed in place. I'm guessing you have air in the clutch fluid system. There is a video somewhere that shows how to bench bleed the system out of the truck, but I think its too late. Pressure bleed or vacuum bleed would be best bet. You can use a mason jar, couple fittings and clear hose to make an engine driven vacuum bleeder.
 

Josh B

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 15, 2019
Messages
4,005
Reaction score
1,986
Points
113
Location
Oklahoma
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
How does that work?
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
My pics are on another computer, tho I've posted it on here a few times. I'll take a quick look before writing..
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
I use a Mason jar, about 15' of clear hose to engine vacuum source, another 2' chunk of hose to bleeder, and both to the mason jar. (15' hose about 1/2" into lid, 2' hose thru lid to bottom of mason jar.). Don't need fittings. Drill hole in lid just slightly smaller than hose. Make sure to keep fluid in master. It goes quick.
Engine running...
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Also check out this thread;

 

TheBrokenRanger

New Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2024
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Points
3
Location
23140
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ford ranger 4.0
Transmission
Manual
Alright I appreciate it y’all I’ll definitely try that. This just leaves me baffled as to why it has such a stupid design
 

TheBrokenRanger

New Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2024
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Points
3
Location
23140
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ford ranger 4.0
Transmission
Manual
They are very difficult to bleed in place. I'm guessing you have air in the clutch fluid system. There is a video somewhere that shows how to bench bleed the system out of the truck, but I think its too late. Pressure bleed or vacuum bleed would be best bet. You can use a mason jar, couple fittings and clear hose to make an engine driven vacuum bleeder.
Hey man I removed the whole system and vacuum bled it for hours with the master cylinder upside down and tons of air came out I was sure that fixed it with how much air came out but I reinstalled it and it still won’t shift? Is it possibly just a defective slave?
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
I'm not sure.
A couple other possibilities I've personally run into;
Firewall flexing and cracked.
Master cylinder bolt ears broken, one or both.
 

scotts90ranger

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
Joined
Feb 28, 2001
Messages
8,007
Reaction score
4,329
Points
113
Location
Dayton Oregon
Vehicle Year
1990, 1997
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3 Turbo
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6
Tire Size
35"
Ok, this sounds dumb but sometimes works... engine off or in neutral, clutch pedal to the floor then slip your foot off the pedal and let it slam back, repeat a bunch of times... this sometimes helps get air out of the master.
 

tw205

Bronco II Rancher.
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Jan 23, 2011
Messages
730
Reaction score
976
Points
93
Location
Bronson Michigan
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford Bronco II
Engine Type
2.8 V6
Engine Size
2.8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6” skyjacker 2” body
Tire Size
33x12.5
Did you replace the trans? Does the clutch feel normal? Does it start in gear with the clutch in and not move the truck??
 

SenorNoob

Well-Known Member
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
2,394
Reaction score
551
Points
113
Location
Middle Tennessee
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
1.5" Front + 4" Rear
Tire Size
245-70-R16
Ok, this sounds dumb but sometimes works... engine off or in neutral, clutch pedal to the floor then slip your foot off the pedal and let it slam back, repeat a bunch of times... this sometimes helps get air out of the master.

Doesn't sound dumb to me at all. Last time I did one, I ended up on my knees beside the truck using my hand to push and pull the pedal very rapidly while I had Brittney keeping the reservoir full. All this with the bleeder barely cracked. She kept it full till I could get under the truck and tighten the bleeder. It was a mess, but worked.
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Today's birthdays

Member & Vendor Upgrades

For a small yearly donation, you can support this forum and receive a 'Supporting Member' banner, or become a 'Supporting Vendor' and promote your products here. Click the banner to find out how.

Truck of The Month


Shran
April Truck of The Month

Recently Featured

Want to see your truck here? Share your photos and details in the forum.

Follow TRS On Instagram

TRS Events

25th Anniversary Sponsors

Check Out The TRS Store


Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Sponsored Ad


Amazon Deals

Top