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Reverse quit working in 1999 4x2 Ranger

I was at the store today, getting ready to leave actually, when I put it in reverse there was a loud "clank" then reverse quit working. I waited until the car in front of me pulled out and tried drive. It seems to work fine. I didn't push it going home and now I'm wondering if I can drive it at all? Also, what could it be? ...and how do I fix it?

1999 Ranger, 4x2, AT w/ overdrive, 3.0 6cyl

Any advice will help....

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My trans did this, best I could figure out was the reverse sprag clutch (one way clutch) broke. It is buried deep in the trans meaning it needs a complete rebuild to fix.

Upside is I drove the truck with no reverse for nearly 10k before I swapped it out. Just have to be creative when you drive.
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Thanks blhde. Guess I'll be doing some creative driving until I can swing a rebuild.
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I drove my truck without reverse for 5k before I did a rebuild.
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Another thing you will notice about that broken sprag is that you will no longer have engine braking in first, but first will still drive forward(L1).
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Having total rebuild done. Fiddled finances around to swing it now. It's a good truck and still cheaper than having a new truck payment every month. Figured when I get it back I'd Seafoam the engine too. Anyone have good directions for that?

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