1997 Ford Explorer STUCK IN GEAR, WONT GO IN GEAR

Tiny
SLOPPYDON
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  • 1997 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 165,000 MILES
Noticed this today. When I start the truck and get ready to go, its hard to get it in gear. And almost have to grind it to get it in gear with the clutch all the way in. Shifting can be hard as well. When I come to a complete stop, and push the clutch all the way in, its almost like its sort of still in gear. The rpms fluctuate and the truck moves a little. When I pull it out of gears it like you can hear something rotating under the vehicle. Any thoughts?
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 AT 10:41 PM

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Tiny
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I would first check the fluid level in the transmission. If its low or its the wrong fluid its possible that that could create all of the symptoms you have. If im not mistaken I believe you can check the fluid level on the side of the trans. It dosent have a dipstick like an automatic. It has a plug on the side about half way bettween the bellhousing and the output shaft on the passenger side. You remove that and then stick you finger in the hole to check how much fluid is in there. If you can feel the fluid with your finger then the trans is full. If not you have to add fluid until it pours out the hole. Make sure the vehicle isnt riunning and its on a level surface when you check
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 AT 4:49 PM

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