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Re: 89 Bronco II - Wont go into gear. Leaking Fluid Reservoir
That tells us that either the clutch is disengaged all the time or something on the transmission is catastrophically broken.
It's a hydraulic clutch system so if the clutch is disengaged then there might be something stuck and causing hydraulic pressure on either the master or slave cylinder. You said in an earlier post that the pedal goes down to the floor with no resistance so I'm leaning towards one of the cylinders being the culprit.
First off, look around the transmission and see if there is any type of inspection hole on or near the bellhousing. On our Explorer which uses the M5OD-R1, which was also available on the B2, there's a decent size hole where you can see a portion of the slave cylinder and you can see it actuate. So check to see if that's possible on that transmission and see if you're able to see it move or just see it in general.
Also, you should be able to disconnect the hydraulic line at the slave cylinder, so I would suggest doing that and then using a small screwdriver or other object to depress the valve in the end of the line and then have someone depress the clutch pedal and see if any fluid comes out. If you don't get anything more than a dribble of fluid out then you're likely going to need a new master cylinder. If, however, you get a bunch of fluid then it's time to drop the transmission and take a look at the slave cylinder and all the other associated clutch components like the clutch disc itself, the pressure plate, flywheel, input shaft on the transmission and just give everything the "once over".
Pay attention to the "fingers" on the pressure plate and make sure none of them are broken or excessively worn and also make sure that there is still a sufficient amount of material left on the clutch disc.
I'll be stretching out the rhyme like gravity stretches time.