2002 Ford Ranger Q&A

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

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? -
Answer 1
if it was flex plate i would think trk would not start. i suspect trans issues -
Comment 1
engine wont restart after i shut it off, doesnt seem to spin fast enough to crank -
Answer 2
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 1
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 2
Good idea, let us know what you find. -