1986 automatic transmission in a Ford Ranger won't go into gear

Asked by Sep 23, 2014 at 09:36 PM about the 1986 Ford Ranger S Standard Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

goes into reverse but not into a forward gear, it used to rev up and then "klunk" into gear now it won't move

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It's dead. What you witnessed was the transmission in its death throes. Now the question is, do you want to rebuild the transmission or say a prayer and place the remains in the bone yard and let other old Rangers live on with its transplanted parts.

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Check fluid?may be out,if you are lucky,but being that year model,low fluid would kill it,as Bmark said above.

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My 89 bronco 2 did the same thing, it was full of fluid, dropped the pan and changed the filter screen, refilled it and added a quart of TransX, it didn't want to move right away, so I let it idle for about 15 minutes, put in gear and it drove normally, and it was still going 10k after when I sold it to a guy that had wrecked his, so he had a parts rig. Might be worth a try.

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