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Lunchbox 08-21-2010 10:29 PM

Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
Hey guys, just purchased my first Ranger (2000 XLT Supercab 3.0 auto) and am loving it! Question is, at 67,500 miles, is it too late to have a tranny flush. I've read numerous reports on here about people waiting too late to have it done and wound up doing more harm than good. From what I understand from the low mileage and Carfax report, the truck was properly maintained for the beginning of its life, with the second owner having it for almost 9 years. I am very finicky about buying used vehicles and want to do a complete fluid change on all drivetrain components including a transmission flush and am weary about harming my new daily driver. I will have it done at either a local tranny shop or dealership depending on price, don't want to risk doing it myself and killing it. Anyone have a flush done around this mileage with good results or should I stick to a basic filter and fluid change? Also, if available, would going back with synthetic fluid have any positive gains, as I will be going with syn in the engine and rear end.

Clinton 08-21-2010 10:35 PM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
I had mine done shortly after I bought my truck, I did all the fluids just to be sure. I don't think it will harm anything, it's regular maintenance for the trucks anyway. I had a shop do it for me where I work cause they hook me up and my seal was leaking anyway. I just had regulare fluid put it, no synthetic.

Areyouforcereal? 08-22-2010 07:32 AM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
It depends on what the fluid looks like IMO. If it's still red or redish then go for it, but if it's black leave it alone. There is a lot of debate on this. I'm just going off of what I have learned from working on heavy duty transmissions, and from the old timers that have 20+ years of experience.

Lunchbox 08-22-2010 11:07 AM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
Thanks guys, appreciate the input. I'll give the fluid a look. From what I understand, the truck was serviced regularly so there shouldn't be any burnt fluid (fingers crossed).

greenrangerte49 08-24-2010 08:37 AM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
I have 105000 miles on my 02 Ranger.I understand it was the First year an American company(Ford) built an Electronic controlled Five Speed Automatic(4R55R?)or? Anyway I had the Dealer Flush at 30000 miles or so then another,Can't find receipt and didn't record it in my maint log!NO No! Still after 70000 miles had this Tranny Firmness/O/D light off Flashing! Was ready for Overhaul ,etc. :Worse Case Scenario!My Bro-In -Law worked Ford dealerships 20 years.Now He's College Tech instructor,and they have a Ford Rep in class too!He suggested I might have a valve sticking in Trans? Did the simple Pan&Filter drain.No more problem after 120 miles or so! I know it can still go! I'm not getting any healthier ,nor my Ranger! In my opinion ,with My Ranger it worked for me!Bro-in-law said tho after I asked No Synthetic now!Too late to add that now!,according to him.I've been following his advice many years.He's pretty Daggone Good!

Lunchbox 08-26-2010 08:27 PM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
Well guys, didn't do the flush. Had the local dealership do a filter and fluid change with a service coupon and got a good deal. So far, so good. Thanks for the help!

greenrangerte49 08-27-2010 12:03 AM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
After ALL my research here and elsewhere,plus family advice,I cannot emphasize enough,How A Tranny rebuild/replacement,would have ,and did cause me SEVERE Panic Anxiety! The relief I got from a simple ATF&filter drain,can only be said as you put it:So,I can joke about it now:There was a guy sitting on an upper floor office,with the window open.A guy jumps off an upper floor window or roof and passes by the opened guys window.The guy inside asks him: "Hows It Going"? The swiftly passerby says: "So Far So Good"! I feel a potentially financially devastating event was avoided,maybe only Temporarily,But:"So Far,So Good"! Good Luck To you too!

greenrangerte49 08-27-2010 12:10 AM

Re: Is it too late to do a tranny flush?
P.S.,I should say if I didn't ?,I had no slippage and the Fluid was lookin good,no burnt smell,etc. It did have a very small amount of sludge in the bottom of the pan.Except for a metal magnet" or little tiny round cylindrical shaped metal piece from the original gasket holes.Not a shaving or any metal whatsoever on magnet in pan! 10-4!Good Buddies!

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