I have a 5 speed manual transmission in a 1997 Ford f150 that is stuck in first gear and will not shift into any other gear including neutral. What is the problem and how do I fix it?


Asked by Jun 21, 2014 at 07:26 PM about the 1997 Ford F-150 STD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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It would be your gear linkage that is the issue and you would have to drop your transmission to access it.

Tracy Hooks

Um....there is NO linkage on that transmission. Usually it's the shifter tower that has failed. Is the stick just loose and doesn't engage anything? If so, pull the boot and unbolt the tower from the transmission (easy peezy). Go to the Ford Dealer and get another one. Common problem. I wouldn't recommend a used shifter because it's probably worn out too. You may be able to purchase one aftermarket. IDK.

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