I have a 97 Ford Ranger (Manual) with 213,123 miles on her. that is very ill. I was stopped in traffic today, when suddenly I lost the use of my clutch. It would not let me push in the clutch to put it into first gear. I turned off the engine and tried putting it into first before starting it (this has worked for me in the past) , but no luck. Some kind person helped me get it off the road, and after another couple of tries we were able to get it started and into gear. I was only a few blocks from home, but as I slowed from 2nd to 1st to pull into the driveway, it happened again. The clutch locked up and I could not get it into gear. My Husband tried to look at it. He checked the clutch fluid, and tried to get the clutch to move, in the process we heard a laud “pop” and I noticed dark fluid all over the ground. We are worried we may need to get a new transmission. I was just wondering if anyone out there may have an idea of what might be wrong so we can be prepared before we have it towed and looked at. I really love this pickup truck, it was my very fist vehicle and I really do not want to get rid of it, but I am scared a new transmission is going to cost more than it is worth.