gears hard to shift - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource

2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech General discussion of 2.9L and 3.0L V6 Ford Ranger engines.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-06-2016
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Rio rancho
Posts: 3
gears hard to shift

I have a 2001 ford ranger,the gears r hard to shift,I'm going to give a transmission oil change,today, but have another problem, it's 5 speed, it don't go past 80,and wen I'm in 5th going 60-70 the rpm all the way up, like that's as fast as I can go, there ain't no more gears to go into, on the odometer it says it should go 120 or so,,,,....and help?
Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2016
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 7,606
You should have the M5OD-R1 manual transmission in a 2001 Ranger.

Very good trans with few problems, there are 3 rubber plugs at the upper rear that can start to leak, these should be replaced with metal plugs if trans is ever out.
But that won't cause the problem you describe unless trans fluid has leak out.

This transmission use ATF, yes, automatic transmission fluid, NOT gear oil, so make sure that is what you use when you change it.

Is it easy to get into 1st gear when stopped?
If not then clutch issue would be my guess, that effects all shifting, but especially when stopped.

There is also the shifter bushing, read here: TRS Magazine - Shifter Bushing Replacement

If you are going to check this MAKE SURE!!!!!!!, shifter is IN NEUTRAL before pulling it out.

A Ranger going 120mph on a public road would be dangerous, and foolish, lol.

You also have a speed limiter and RPM limiter in the computer.

First look at the drivers door sticker to see what rear axle ratio you have
Read here: Ford 7.5 & 8.8 Inch Axle Tag & Door Codes

3.73 is average axle ratio
4.10 is for pulling trailers and will have high RPMs at 70mph
3.45 is for fuel economy, lower RPMs at 70mph and limited towing or low end power

4.56 would have a hard time at 70mph, but could tow a tank, lol.

Partially clogged exhaust pipe will limit top speed, you can test for this with a vacuum gauge, or when exhaust is cold bang on Cat and Muffler and listen for insides rattling, collapsed Cat or muffler parts will limit top speed
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hard hard HARD Idle elit3klutz SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 2 02-06-2016 10:26 AM
Very hard to shift into gear, manual shift. Enduro General Ford Ranger Discussion 13 09-09-2015 08:25 AM
hard to shift in gears grant0619 Drivetrain Tech 4 02-26-2014 10:26 PM
Hard shift 2nd 3rd gear, but down shift "clunk" fixed dschmitz Drivetrain Tech 0 07-15-2012 12:08 PM
Hard to shift gears, 2.3L manual transmission cstucker SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 1 08-19-2007 10:23 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:59 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.