Hello. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Ive got a 97 ford escort base model. Manual transmission. New clutch 1.5 years ago, new fuel pump and timing belt 3 months ago. 295, 000 miles, about half pulled behind a motorhome the other half freeway mostly as it was a work car. Im the 2nd owner. The previous owner maintained this car meticulously. He parked it when the clutch went out. I bought it 1.5 yrs ago put a clutch in and its ran and driven AWESOME since. Until....the other day it suddenly was hard to shift down to 2nd but did, went up to 3rd no problem. Went to shift back to 2nd and it was hard, tried to go to 1st and couldnt, tried 2nd, was hard again and it was almost like whatever was preventing it from going in suddenly "let go" and went in fine. As i pulled in my drive i put it in neutral, coasted to a stop, set ebrake and turned it off. Next time i got in i started it up and found i cant shift into any gear now. With the car off it shifts in gear no problem. Unfortunately i realized that since ive owned it i havent checked the tranny fluid...yikes! Im hoping i didnt run it dry...there were no warning signs whatsoever. Will be checking the fluid today after i get home but can anyone give any insight? What and how to check if the fluid is fine? Sorry to be long winded. Thanks in advance.