engine wont turn tranny. can spin flexplate by hand, where do i start on 2002 Ford Ranger

while driving at hiway speed tranny stopped and engine rpms revved up. i can turn the flexplate with my hand through the acess port. is this a tranny issue or flexplate issue?

by in Day, FL on February 26, 2013
2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by , February 26, 2013
if it was flex plate i would think trk would not start. i suspect trans issues
COMMENT by , February 28, 2013
engine wont restart after i shut it off, doesnt seem to spin fast enough to crank
ANSWER by , February 26, 2013
Bolts that secures torque converter to flex plate are missing or broken! Before this happened did you hear any clanging noises or other strange noise? I think what you were turning was the torque converter. Will the starter turn the engine over now?
COMMENT by , February 28, 2013
engine wont crank now, cant get enough rpms. there was a slight rattle, i thought something was vibrating, havent noticed any missing bolts, am going to drop tranny tommorrow.
COMMENT by , February 28, 2013
Good idea, let us know what you find.