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ZF6 Reverse/Granny Low Problems

Well this is a hell of a first post I had planned on getting her all shined up and up to my standard before I did my introductory post but sh!t happens.

I just bought the truck 2 weeks ago ( '99 F-350 Crew Cab Long Bed SRW). Truck has been doing great. The wife brought the truck to me at work the other day, made a wrong turn to the jobsite so she had to turn around. She went to engage reverse and the shifter broke off (fractured in the middle of the top bolt). I got a pole, slipped it over the stub and drove it home.

I welded up the old shifter and put it back on. I went to reverse out of the driveway but can't get it. I can feel the lockout but can't get past it - so no Revese or Granny. All other gears (1-5) are smooth engaging.

From the beginning, it's took a lil effort to get past the lockout. I'm wondering if the old lady hit it the wrong way and bent the shift fork. What's yall opinion?

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My old hoss is a PITA some times to get over to the left... It likes to be a little lower then the standard throws. Occasionally I had to slam it over to the left but I never broke the shifter off, and I'm 3 bills. I hope your wife isn't built like me but seriously, thats a little wierd. Try draining the fluid and topping off with fresh to make sure its fresh and full? MAKE SURE you can get the fill plug loose before draining it though... It can take a little "finesse" to get it loose.

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I'm pushing 300. I'd think if the fluid was old/low, it'd be a pita to get into any gear I'm still leaning towards a bent fork. Hope not but I can't really think of another explanation.

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reverse and low are in the back, slide the back housing off and then you can get a visual , possible roll pin fell out or fork bad/broken

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Have you checked the clutch pedal bushing to make sure its in good shape? A bad bushing can take as much as an inch over all out of the hydraulic movement.

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reverse and low are in the back, slide the back housing off and then you can get a visual , possible roll pin fell out or fork bad/broken
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Have you checked the clutch pedal bushing to make sure its in good shape? A bad bushing can take as much as an inch over all out of the hydraulic movement.
That was on my to-do list.

Thanks for the suggestions guys

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So I hated to see her sitting for a week, so I decided to take her out and drive her. I made sure my route didn't include any backing. I was pulling out of the mother-in-laws drive (narrow and 90's into a narrow 2 lane), and misjudged my angle a little coming across the road - stopped with the front right in a small ditch. I started cussing (lol) and for sh!ts and giggles, tried reverse. It went right in w/o any effort! I drove her home and tried reverse again - no luck. So, putting the chassis into a small bind (flex), allowed me to engage reverse. Any ideas?

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