I just found this forum (Thank God!). I bought a '89 F150 in Sept. and now the shifter is getting sloppy. It still shifts, but sometimes I have to really fish for a gear....mainly going from 3rd to 4th, and it's harder at highway speeds than it is at in town speeds.
I was told it's probably the shifting forks or possibly the bushing (collar) on the shifter.
Man, this is great!! I just realized that I don't have any shifter bushings in my tranny shifter. I thought it seemed a little weird that I could move my shifter up and almost out of "socket". That may be why it is crucial that I take my time shifting gears, because it may have too much slop..... well in addition to other things that may be wrong, but I at least know that I need some bushings!!
Sorry to threadjack but I need to ask a question that may be related to my thread "Drive shaft". I haven't removed the shaft and used the yoke to turn the tranny with the clutch engaged just yet, but would a sloppy shifter (i.e. without bushings) cause the gears to not shift correctly? This would be another option to the rearend being the problem as stated in the other thread. I drove my truck today and I couldn't get it to shift in some gears and I had to rev high to get to engage in others. I put it in reverse and the truck almost locked up but I didn't stop when I felt it. I put it in gear and it is jamming on me. I can't quite explain it, but what could be the cause? Remember you may have to read two thread to understand what I am talking about. Again Sorry for the extra work to figure this one out.
My truck has nothing left for shifter bushings too. It does make it harder to shift, and I can feel when it isn't shifting right. I have to take it out of the gear I'm trying to shift into and try again sometimes.
Originally Posted by Early Cuyler
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This may be a stupid question, but is there a wrong way to install a tranny when removed that would cause the shaft to NOT engage correctly when the clutch is depressed? I am just trying to figure out what is going on with my truck all of a sudden. The shifting problem is driving me nuts.
Ok, so my next question is the drive shaft. Would the drive shaft cause the gears to not shift correctly? I would like to assume no, because it seems its only purpose would be to turn the rearend to move the truck forward or backward. But I am still asking it. To go further, how do you know when the drive shaft is bad, or the rear end is bad? Maybe this should be another thread.