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Old 09-01-2016, 03:57 PM
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Default 4R44E band adjustment

This is my first post, so take it easy on me for my question. I searched the threads, but didn't find what I need. I bought a 2000 Ranger 3.0, 4R44E, 2 wheel drive yesterday with 220K on the clock. Fairly nice looking for the year, extended cab, cruise, tilt, etc. Needs a little cleaning as it has sat for almost a year with a locked up engine. I found a used engine today on CL about 75 miles from here, so I started taking my engine out. What a PAIN!!! Haven't exactly figured out how to get the torque converter bolts loose with the engine locked. Some creative mechanic-ing I guess. Do I have to pull the trans with the engine, or can I just leave the torque converter attached and pull it with the engine?

Anyway, to the real question. The trans fluid is cherry red and has the sweet, aromatic smell of good fluid, so I won't change it right now unless I have to remove the valve body to adjust the bands. I want to check the adjustment of the intermediate and overdrive bands while the truck is down. Do I need to remove the valve body or can I adjust the bands from the lower driver's side? How many turns in/out? What torque specs on the adjuster bolt? Any other tips are also appreciated since I haven't done automatic transmission work since rebuilding a couple of C-4's, an FMX, a turbo 400, and Chrysler 727 over the years a few decades ago, so the new (and supposedly improved) electronic units are foreign to me.

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Old 09-01-2016, 04:02 PM
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I'm not sure if there is even adjustment available for the bands. Hopefully someone else will chime in
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Old 09-01-2016, 05:07 PM
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Default Re: 4R44E band adjustment

The bands are easily adjustable with out taking off the pan. I adjusted them on mine but forget exactly how many turns, but the instructions are on these forums. Sounds to me like band adjustment should wait as you have more urgent priorities with the engine.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:54 PM
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Yeah they have adjusters. The one closest to the bellhousing is for the overdrive band and the one in the middle of the trans is for the intermediate band.

This is my trans, I circled them.



There's a special process you have to do it so read the instructions carefully. This thread is from the explorer forum.

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...-chart.158160/

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Also yes you can pull the trans without removing the torque converter bolts, but be gentle with it. It's also going to make a fucking terrible mess. You'll have probably 2 quarts of trans fluid fall out of the converter.
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:39 AM
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Been out of touch the last couple of days, so thanks for the info. Yes, the engine is primary right now, but, since I haven't driven the truck & only have the previous owner's word that the transmission was OK, I will adjust the trans while it's down.
It will be a mess to leave the trans in and pull the torque converter, so I'll pull them together to save my shop floor.
Since I am unfamiliar with this site, how do I get email notifications for replies.
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I'm using the mobile app, when you select "subscribe to thread" it will automatically send you notifications when the app is open, but if you deselect it, then select it again, it will ask you if you want to subscribe by email.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:58 PM
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Got lucky with the seized engine. # 5 had spun a bearing. I was able to drop the oil pan and remove rod caps to relieve the stuck rod, spin the crank, and remove all torque converter bolts. Thanks for the band adjust link. Both bands were a little less than a quarter turn loose initially indicating some wear, but the adjustment should give me a few more miles.

Now it's time to pull the pilot shaft bearing and change the wiring harness (replacement engine came from a manual) and re-install. I'm getting TOO OLD for this mess, guys!!!
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