Since the weather has started to turn cold (aka frigid) here in the
midwest, my '89 2.9L V6 Ranger trans has started to act up. Upon start
up, letting the truck warm up a bit and then backing down my driveway
in reverse, I shift to drive and the trans seems to be stuck in kind of
a neutral state. There I sit helpless in my street for about a minute
until something finally catches.
I've experimented starting the vehicle cold while the vehicle is still
parked (with the emergency brake enabled) by shifting from reverse to
drive and can feel the trans engage in both directions several times.
Thinking everything is OK, I shift to reverse, back down my driveway
only to be stuck in neutral again in the middle of my street while
waiting for the trans to engage.
Only after revving the engine a bit and shifting between reverse and
drive does the trans finally engage while I'm still sitting in the
middle of the street. Lately I've been backing up my driveway so that
I can pull straight out. Only problem is at work the way the parking
is designed I have to back up and the neutral problem re-appears at the
end of my day.
A little background on the truck. It was bought a few years back with
over 100k on the odometer. With that kind of mileage I didn't want to
flush the trans fluid seeing how that can introduce other problems.
The truck now has over 140k on the clock and runs especially good and
strong during the warmer months. I've never had a hint of a trans
issue from Spring to Fall and the trans fluid level is fine. Is it
time to have a trans flush and take my chances or bite the bullet and
let a place like AAMCO tell me I need a new/rebuilt trans?
Any help, especially now in the colder weather, would be GREATLY