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Ranger transmission in cold weather

2008 Ford Ranger 4x4 5 speed Manual transmission. c 130,000 km.

Last winter the transmission became increasingly hard to shift, to the point where I had to turn off the engine to get first or reverse. It always shifts fine if the engine isn’t running.

When summer arrived the problem disappeared. Now that cold weather is back it has returned.

Any bright ideas?



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Replace the tranny fluid or gear oil since you have a manual tranny.

If you don’t see any fluid on the ground, most likely the clutch hydraulic master cylinder is leaking internally.

The seals in the master cylinder wear/shrink over time where not enough hydraulic pressure is produced to operate the clutch slave cylinder.


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