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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 02, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Went out for a cruise Sunday night and after stopping at a stop light on the way home my tranny stuck in 2nd gear. The shifter went over to the 3/4 gate, but wouldn't do a thing. Tonight I crawled underneath and disconnected all the rods. The rear lever (reverse?) works fine as does the middle lever (3 & 4?), but the front lever (1 & 2?) doesn't. It will just barely move and feels very solid when it stops. All of this was done with the clutch engaged.

How bad is it? This is my first standard so I am very ignorant here. If I need to can I just pull the tranny itself or do I need to pull the bellhousing as well? Any good web site you can point me to so I can get a degree in Muncies? LOL

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 02, 05:00 PM
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I wonder if you broke a bearing surface somewhere in there? I had that happen to a toyota truck and the gears went one by one until all I had left was rev., 2 and 4 to get me home! Dukes of hazzard time. Luckily I made it and the tranny was rebuildable. Towed the truck to the mechanic. He said if it had been driven any more it would not have been repairable!

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 02, 11:39 PM
 
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My Muncie did the same thing. Brought it in to get rebuilt...it lasted 1 week. Second gear must be a prob on these trans...I'm saving to buy a new trans....
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 02, 03:12 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GIACOMO:
My Muncie did the same thing. Brought it in to get rebuilt...it lasted 1 week. Second gear must be a prob on these trans...I'm saving to buy a new trans....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
No, the problem is that the stuff is at least 30 years old, and it's destined to break sometime. Everyone always says how weak muncies are, but they never take into account the age of the parts inside it. In my mind, a tranny from 1966 that breaks a major part in 2002 is a pretty good tranny.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 02, 04:34 AM
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I agree. A few weeks ago the input shaft to my M20 broke. I felt that 33 years was not too bad a return on investment. Of course, the Autogear M22 was , for me, the perfect solution!

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 02, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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I crawled under her again tonight and got the 3-4 lever to move. I then checked the oil level and the darn thing is like 1" low with the front end jacked up off the ground. Hopefully no damage done. I'm going to fill it up and keep my fingers crossed.

Anyone got a neat trick for filling the transmission in the car?

Thanks again!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 02, 05:36 PM
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First, check the fluid with the car sitting on a level surface ( if you have enough clearance ) . To add fluid, just slip a section of fuel or vacuum line over the tip of the gear oil bottle and use it like a funnel. There is a removeable plug on side of tranny... If fluid drips out when you check it with the car sitting level, you have enough. Oh, use floor jack on plug side ( passenger side ) to raise vehicle to add more oil..
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