Gears being sticky..
Hey all.. got a small issue that may be a generic problem that all manual truck drivers deal with. I bought my ranger used at 73,000 miles.. it's an '01 2.3l 5spd manual transmission. Right when I got it (literally when it got into the driveway) I had to have it towed to the shop to put in a new clutch.. car wouldn't go into a single gear no matter how hard I tried to push it in. Anyway, that was in April, so I've been driving on a new clutch since then.. I've only put about 7,000 miles on the car since then, but ever since I got it back.
Here's the problem: When I shift into first and third.. I have to put some extra force into it cause the stick just kinda.. sticks? There's weird resistance and it feels like theres a barrier I'm trying to get past to get it into those gears. This is mostly a problem with first gear- it happens every time I try to put my car into first (unless I hold the clutch in, put it in first, break down the resistance/"stickiness" and while the clutch is still pressed down, put it back into gear.). This happens occasionally with third gear.. it's like hitting a small wall and needing to push through it. I'm trying to come up with a decent metaphor.. it's kinda like flossing a dirty tooth haha.. once you get the crap out of the way the floss glides through smoother.
So.. what kind of problem is this? Or is this just a normal issue with bigger cars and M/T's?