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Old 07-28-2011, 06:58 PM
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Greetings,

I am having transmission problems. I have a 1999 Ranger 159,900 Miles on it. 4.0L XLT Automatic Trans.

When I shft into Drive. There is about a 2 second hesitation before it
fully engages, if you give it gas too soon it will jerk into gear and a few times, it will have trouble engaging all together.. It feels like when you drive a stick shift and you have completely released the clutch type feeling.. Now if I throw it into 2 or 1 it will engage immediately. Reverse seems to engage and stay engaged pretty fast.

I have flushed the Fluid and put in new.. Did not seem to change the problem.

Any ideas what may be the cause? Suggests etc.

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:06 PM
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I have an 89 ranger that used to do the same thing. The lag got worse and worse until it wouldn't grab DRIVE at all.....so I need a solution too.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:14 PM
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Did you change the filter in it as well?
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:06 AM
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flushing the fluid might be your problem. If the transmission never had its fluid reguarly flushed and changed, it is best to leave the old stuff in there. Flushing the old fluid and adding new stuff, washes away any grit that was previously helping your transmision engage; now its slipping.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:54 AM
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I've heard of people having transimission problems because they got theirs power flushed. Is that what you did?

I would echo the above comment about the filter. If you did a power flush, they wouldn't ever drop the pan to change the filter.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:27 AM
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I have flushed the Fluid and put in new.. Did not seem to change the problem.
Guys, he had this problem before the fluid change.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:07 PM
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Okay.
I remember a long time ago, someone told me to take the access cover off the top of the tranny and change the ------ valve.
HELP!
Modulator valve maybe?
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:59 AM
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My truck did something very similar and it turned out that when i did a filter change I forgot to put to o rings back on it did just about everything you said until i went back in and put them back on. In other-words you may have a bad seal somewhere in the transmission.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:23 PM
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When I shft into Drive. There is about a 2 second hesitation before it
fully engages, if you give it gas too soon it will jerk into gear and a few times, it will have trouble engaging all together.. It feels like when you drive a stick shift and you have completely released the clutch type feeling.. Now if I throw it into 2 or 1 it will engage immediately. Reverse seems to engage and stay engaged pretty fast.
This sounds like exactly what I'm experiencing. I just bought a 1999, 108k miles, 4.0L V6 OHV with automatic transmission. The transmission fluid looks as if it could very well be original, and with all the horror stories I've heard on flushing, I intend to keep it that way. Any ideas on a fix for this? Is it going to get worse?
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:55 PM
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If you change the fluid do so by dropping the pan and change the filter as well. There will be a grey sludge in the bottom of and a lot of iron filings in the pan. All this needs to be cleaned out You can not do it by power flushing the transmission. Mine had the same problem and it turned out the the first gear clutch had separated from the metal. I had the transmission rebuilt.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:37 PM
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So far I have not been able to solve the problem.. I have been to 4 tranny shops... all want to rebuild it... however, my fix is to just click it into 2nd and back to drive.. it is fine... also now that the weather is cool (below 85'F) the tranny is just fine. Do not plan any repairs at this time.. I think the rebuild thing is just folks needing money...
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:30 AM
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Look into the valve body there was a problem with them about one of the seals either the valve seperator plate seal blowing out or one of the pistons loosing a seal causing a loss of pressure
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Sounds similar to what mine does. It sounds like U-joints to me. When you are driving, especially in higher gears, let off the gas for a few seconds and coast. If there's a knock or thud of some sort when you put your foot back on the accelerator, you need to replace your universal joints. Cheap ones run about $6 each (you'll need 2), and the better ones run around $15 at most. Maybe I'm paying too much, but I bought the highest priced ones, as I did with wheel bearings (bought em the same day), because as someone who's skate/longboarded for about 15 years, I know the difference between quality and cheap bearings. And from what I understand, U-Joints are just bearings for your driveshaft. Man I wish Bones made Ceramics wheels bearings for cars and trucks
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:26 AM
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Sounds similar to what mine does. It sounds like U-joints to me. When you are driving, especially in higher gears, let off the gas for a few seconds and coast. If there's a knock or thud of some sort when you put your foot back on the accelerator, you need to replace your universal joints. Cheap ones run about $6 each (you'll need 2), and the better ones run around $15 at most. Maybe I'm paying too much, but I bought the highest priced ones, as I did with wheel bearings (bought em the same day), because as someone who's skate/longboarded for about 15 years, I know the difference between quality and cheap bearings. And from what I understand, U-Joints are just bearings for your driveshaft. Man I wish Bones made Ceramics wheels bearings for cars and trucks

Your post has NOTHING to do with the O.P.'s issue. He has a transmission issue, and you have a driveshaft issue.


I love when people have no clue what they are talking about and try to offer invalid input towards a situation.







Anyway, back to the original poster: Have you changed the trans filter?
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:33 PM
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OP, do you know model trans you have?

I can look through my 01 shop manuals to see if I can find anything for you. I don't think ford changed trans models from 99-01


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