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Old 02-19-2009
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Icon8 My 99 Ford Ranger won't reverse?

Sup, folks. I have a 99 ford ranger, 3.0 v6 automatic. Today I was driving down the highway and wasn't paying attention, but ran out of gas. -_-, anyway..went and got some gas and came back, and went to reverse out of the parking lot, and felt this kick, like I hit something. I looked around and didn't hit anything, but got back in to continue to reverse and it just kept revving when I hit the gas, but didn't go anywhere. All the other gears work, but the reverse doesn't. Weird..but I'm kinda confused with this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Do you have manual engine braking in first?

Go about 25-30 and shift into L1. The rpms should jump up and the truck will slow down.

If it doesn't theres a problem with the low/reverse servo. Some times its the two dollar gasket. other times its more serious.
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Well that's another problem, lol. My cable started getting off alignment (not sure what the cable is called..) When I put it in park, it shows that I'm in reverse, and when I drive it looks like it's in second gear. But I can shift it down to second gear. It won't go to first. Would that work?
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The indicator is isnt always a sign the trans cable is out of adjustment. Maybe its just the indicator cable.

You should feel a detent for every selection.


This can be a bit overwhelming of a job. I have torn into my trans twice and swapped it out once. There is a huge relief when you start the engine, put it in gear, and it moves.
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