1986 automatic transmission in a Ford Ranger won't go into gear
goes into reverse but not into a forward gear, it used to rev up and then "klunk" into gear now it won't move
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.
Check fluid?may be out,if you are lucky,but being that year model,low fluid would kill it,as Bmark said above.
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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