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22RE 5 Speed Shifting Problems
I need some help on this one guys, I keep running into this same type of problem with my truck. I have fixed it multiple times but it always creeps back up on me. The problem is that I have extreme difficulty getting my truck into 1st from a dead stop. The only way to get it into first is to A) put some serious force into it or B) start off in 2nd just to get rolling, and first usually pops right in once the wheels turn a couple times.
Next step I replaced the shifter bushings, both the seat and the end piece. This seemed to solve to problem for quite some time, actually it felt like butter at first shifting through all 5 gears. I did this replacement about 3 months ago and now this!
Today I checked the tranny fluid level and everything was there. I did not change the fluid because it was last changed about 16,000 miles ago. The fluid looked fine to me, but I am not one to talk.
I also replaced the shifter itself about a year and a half ago with one from a wrecking yard to alleviate disengagement from a bent shifter. This fixed the problem and has worked well since.
I really don't know where to go from here, this is VERY irritating because as you may know us manual shifters shift into first at a stop constantly! Someone please help me and thank you in advance, any ideas are appreciated.
1991 Pickup 22re 2 Wheel Drive.
Fabtech UCA's, add-a-leaf, sway away torsion bars, 4 wheel drive front fenders and grille, 31X1050X15 BFG A/T's, Hella 500's, LCE short shifter, rebuilt steering, Optima Red Top, 4.56 gears, Detroit Truetrac
, ENGBLDR timing chain kit. 120,000 miles running strong!