Hello. I have a 1987 Mercury Tracer. It has a standard transmission and for some reason it will not shift out of fourth gear. I was driving it and everything seemed fine but when I tried to switch out of fourth the shifter would not move. I've tried disconnecting the shifter underneath to see if the problem is there, but everything moves ok if it's not connected to the transmission. The clutch seems to work normally, but I'm not positive. If I push the clutch in the car will roll backwards. Otherwise it's stuck in fourth.
Does the car need a new transmission or is there something else wrong? A friend says he thinks it's the " gearbox", but I don't know enough about it to know for sure.
Saturday, May 27th, 2006 AT 12:48 PM