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tranny issues

ok.. so lots of you know about my new truck... well a 98, but new to me. ive been driving it for 2 days now and ive noticed that the transmission is very difficult to shift through. its not slipping or anything.. it just seems really tight or sticky. its driveable but really a pain in the butt. should i try to run some Lucas tranny stuff through it? i know the fluid is full so thats not the issue. i just gotta get this figured out. help me please.
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manual? if so you should first try some good synthetic ATF since the old tranny fluid may have been in there for a long time
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yeah its a manual.... isnt atf for an auto
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ATF is recommended for the Rangers. The ATF in our trannys comes up so often that it makes me wonder if the garages know thats whats recommended. I lost 4th gear the other day and when I drained my tranny the fluid was black, and didnt smell like ATF either. Mine was shifting really rough before I changed it also, now even though I dont have 4th it is shifting smoother.

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ATF..... who'da thought on a manual tranny... are u sure??? i dont know... its just hard to believe.
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ATF is just thin oil basically its not some magic auto transmission fluid.

Ranger manual's are spec'ed for Mercon/Dextron III

Ranger automatics are spec'ed for MERCON V

You can also use something like REDLINE MTF (manual transmission fluid)

also you can use cheap .99$ walmart brand ATF as long as its Dextron III / Mercon rated NOT mercon V rated
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ATF..... who'da thought on a manual tranny... are u sure??? i dont know... its just hard to believe.
yep positive... check your owners manual
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ok.... i know my mechanic topped it off but it probably just needs to be changed cuz of age. thx for the help guys.
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Ask what your mechanic topped it off with?
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so i decided today that im draining the tranny on saturday... adding mercon 5 and 12 oz. of lucas tranny fix. it should shift perfect.
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