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Phantom Reverse??

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#1 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 02:07 AM

Okay, lotsa tranny topics lately. Here's whot I'm dealing with. Phantom reverse: 86 RX 5spd D/r Tranny: When I start the Brat up in the morning, If I immediatly shift into reverse nothing happens when I let the clutch out, I can shift it in and out, many time, and still nothing, even if I cycle through all gears (which all work), it still won't go reverse.
Now if I start it up, go inside and wait for it to warm up (listen for the high idle to drop down). Then go out, hop in and throw it into reverse it immediatly works. Only when it's cold will it not hit reverse. And it seems like it goes where it's suppose to too. But when warm, no problems. I've check the exterior linkage, no probs there. I don't want to break into the tranny (although don't think it's internal as it only does it when it's cold).
I think that i've seen this mentioned before, but wanted an actual thread on it, specially if anyone else has/had this problem, and if had, whot did you do to fix it (and don't say sell it).
Never experienced this with a 4spd before, or the wifes 5spd 2WD. Also the FT tranny works normal too.

#2 calebz


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Posted 24 April 2004 - 02:09 AM

Wasn't Tim the one having similar trouble not too long ago?

Maybe knowing it was him will help you in your search

#3 baccaruda



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Posted 24 April 2004 - 05:18 PM

Captain Obvious to the rescue here: did you check the gear oil in the trans?

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 06:46 PM

I have been having the exact same problem with my '86 3 door. I havn't noticed a difference if it is warm or cold, but i did notice that i could get it into reverse more often when i removed the inner rubber shifter boot. Gear oil looks to be in good order for my car. I sure hope someone has an answer to this.


#5 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 25 April 2004 - 12:17 AM

The gear oil is full, and less than a year old (filled it up when I put the tranny in there last June). The shifter boot doesn't bind up or anything. The shifter goes in like it's suppose to, feels like I'm in reverse, just when I let the clutch out it doesn't move. Hmm.

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Posted 25 April 2004 - 04:49 AM

Is the tranny sending any power to the transfer case when its in reverse?


#7 Adam N.D.J.

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Posted 25 April 2004 - 12:14 PM

Nope, nothing. I have a hole in my shifter boot, and can see the front prop shafts rear U-joint from the drivers seat, no rotation coming outa the tranny when in this reverse.

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Posted 25 April 2004 - 05:09 PM

when its cold, put it in reverse, let out the clutch and sit there till something happens :-\ (till it warms up) Really just a thought, But i'm sure if something happened you might be able to better tell whats going on. But then again you just might frag reverse when that something happens :)

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Posted 25 April 2004 - 05:42 PM

Exact same thing on not one but two of my EA82 wagons. If you go for revese with out the clutch, just enough to get a slight grind, it will engage then too. I tried replacing the bushings to no avile. Tim

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