M5OD Shifter Problem?
I picked up a transmission for my 2WD '93 Ranger at a junkyard (M5OD-R2 I believe) that didn't have the shifter attached, so after putting the transmission in my truck, I just stuck the old shifter in there and bolted it on. I'm actually not sure if I have all the parts that go in between the shifter and the linkage below. This is the first time I've ever took out, and put a transmission in.
No 3rd gear! It's like it's not even there. When I try to shift it into 3rd, the stick goes up way farther than it should (almost hitting the dash) and nothing happens. No sounds, no resistance, nothing; just like it was in neutral. 4th gear goes down way farther than it should, but fourth gear does work. All other gears work well.
What would cause this? Could missing bushings, rings, or whatever on the shifter cause this? Could the linkage be messed up? Or could the actual 3rd gear inside the transmission be bad?