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Old 11-13-2011, 03:28 PM
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Default Auto trannys suck!!

Ok ive been having several problems with my truck.

1. when the truck is cold and i try to drive it, it seems like the transmission sticks in 1st gear, then slams in to 2nd and jerks the truck really hard. Once the truck warms up the problem seems to go away. It will only do it once then no problem. any ideas?

2. There is a delay going from reverse to drive, about 2-3 secs, then a slight jerk in to drive. Little to no issue from park to drive. any ideas?

3. When im slowing down, almost to a stop, the rpms serg. They jump up 200-500 rpms, then as soon as i stop, it drops down to normal.

Also either thou i have the 4.0 the truck seems to accelerate really slow for having 4.10's. Its a 2000 ranger with the 4.0 auto, 4.10's, off road pkage, and towing pkge. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have read several articles about valve body gasket and speed sensors?
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:53 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

My 5r44e had problems slipping into neutral when cold. Dropped the pan last weekend and switched out the filter. Topped it off with new fluid and have not had any problems yet *crosses fingers* It may not solve your problem but it couldn't hurt.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:55 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

I checked my fluid last week and its full. The dealer i bought it from did a trans flush (i think they replaced the filter). I might take it in and have them do another drain, fliter and fill. Ps i have only owned the truck since mid august.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

Most likely they did not replace the filter, that is rarely done by the dealer. Most likely they just did a fluid transfer by hooking up there machine to the coolant lines and sucking out the old and pumping in the new. The first 2 problems you listed could be solved by a fluid change, or it would be a little more complicated like a valve body gasket. That 3 issue has nothing to do with the transmission, that the idle air control valve causing that to happen. Might trying cleaning it like it says in the how to section.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:58 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

Ill give it a look. Im going to take it to my friends repair shop, he said they could drain the fluid, replace the filter and refill it fairly inexpensively. the 3rd thing, is that a serious issue or can it wait? im a college student working part time, and money's a little tight right now. Hell can it all wait? im talking like a few weeks?
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:10 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

A lot of issues are not with the truck but the previous owner. That person may have treated it like a P.O.S.

Dealers can make anything look nice. It's the luck of the draw. Do the filter change. That may solve your problems.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:15 PM
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It was a farm truck, so most likely abused but most farmers i know of take care of their vehicles pretty well.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

my separator plate gasket blew out. it causes all kinda crappy problems. it is very common on 5r55e before 2002. after they have the updated part and the updated valve body build.

odd problem with the trans under 100deg is common with trans in general most wont even go into OD till around 100deg.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:45 PM
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my separator plate gasket blew out. it causes all kinda crappy problems. it is very common on 5r55e before 2002. after they have the updated part and the updated valve body build.

odd problem with the trans under 100deg is common with trans in general most wont even go into OD till around 100deg.
Sounds kinda like mine, it refuses to go in to OD right away in the morning, but after it warms up it shifts just fine. If i let it sit for 3-5 mins in the morning before i go anywhere, i don't have a single problem. I am going to take it in to the shop (as soon as i get some time...) and have them drain and replace the fluid and filter on the tranny. and probaly on sunday i will clean the IAC. Hopefully my problems will go away and not make me wanna trade my ranger in on a Dakota (found a 04 with 104k miles with the 4.7 v8 im very tempted on if my ranger doesn't improve)
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:33 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

what i do is when i start up a cold ranger is put the transmission in neutral and put the e brake on when I am warming up the vehicle.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:44 PM
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Default Re: Auto trannys suck!!

i had 3-4 shift slippage, and found metal in the pan when doing the filter/fluid change
figured i'd run it till it shits out completely, but has gotten better, and guess i'll live with it for now
these ford 55/44 auto tranny's rank right up there with the worst ever built IMO
and never a recall, just technical bulletins alerting they're service mechanics that they fugged up, what a black eye to the blue oval
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:02 PM
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what i do is when i start up a cold ranger is put the transmission in neutral and put the e brake on when I am warming up the vehicle.
Any reason? I just leave mine in park. Only seems to shift hard when it's cold, after it warms up I get no problems. And only has issues from reverse to drive when it's cold. I'll have the fluid and filter changed in the next few weeks. I'll probaly clean the iac and see if that helps the surge problem

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i had 3-4 shift slippage, and found metal in the pan when doing the filter/fluid change
figured i'd run it till it shits out completely, but has gotten better, and guess i'll live with it for now
these ford 55/44 auto tranny's rank right up there with the worst ever built IMO
and never a recall, just technical bulletins alerting they're service mechanics that they fugged up, what a black eye to the blue oval
Ya think? That's why if I can get a good deal on it, I might buy this v8 Dakota 4x4 with 104k miles. If I can't figure out this tranny problem. Hopefully the dealer didn't change the filter and that's the problem
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:59 PM
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No problems with my auto tranny. I take care of my stuff
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:02 PM
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No problems with my auto tranny. I take care of my stuff
I just got the truck used, so I'm aprently inheriting some elses problem... I'll have them change the filter, if there's no improvement, then I will never own another ford auto tranny
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:03 PM
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I bought mine used as well. Guess the previous owner took care of it too.
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