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small-list Digest Tue, 20 Feb 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 026

In This Issue:
Bronco II Auto Transmission
Re: Bronco II Auto Transmission
Re: Bronco II Auto Transmission
Re: Bronco II Auto Transmission
break the ice

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Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 11:56:42 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco <bciocco yahoo.com>
Subject: Bronco II Auto Transmission


I have an 87 Bronco II with 260K miles on it. The transmission was rebuilt at 180K.
My wife and I attempted a trip on Friday. We got about 50-75 miles into it, when I saw what looked
like fog in the headlights of the car behind me. I wans't concerned, because it was a humid night.
When we stopped at the first rest stop, at 100 miles, I looked under the BII and transmission
fluid was about pouring out.
I checked the fluid and it was about a quart and a half low. I got back on the road, turned around
and headed for a WalMart that was a couple exits back. I bought 3 quarts and put one and a half
in. About 50 miles up the road, I put in another quart and a half. 25 Miles, 2 quarts. When I got
home, 25 miles later, I was 2 quarts low.
Saturday morning, I added the 2 qtarts, and started it up. It was leaking a little from the front
seal, where it was leaking on the road.
Monday morning, I took it to the transmission shop, about 25 miles from the house. It didn't leak
a drop all the way there. They had it all day Monday and most of the day today. It won't leak.
They checked the vents and the pressures (to look for pressure relief not opening). It seems OK
now. I picked it up and drove it home and it still isn't leaking.
Any ideas?
I am looking to replace the BII with a Ranger. I really don't want to sell something that someone
will have problems with.

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Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 12:25:00 -0800
From: Jon and Jody <psycho direct.ca>
Subject: Re: Bronco II Auto Transmission


My brother's Ranger used to do the same thing, but only once in a while...  He never did figure out
why, though.  It MAY be due to a weak seal that only leaks when the tranny is hot and pressure builds
up.  Good luck with it, anyway.

Blue coyote

Bill Ciocco wrote:

>
> I have an 87 Bronco II with 260K miles on it. The transmission was rebuilt at 180K.
> My wife and I attempted a trip on Friday. We got about 50-75 miles into it, when I saw what looked
> like fog in the headlights of the car behind me. I wans't concerned, because it was a humid night.
> When we stopped at the first rest stop, at 100 miles, I looked under the BII and transmission
> fluid was about pouring out.
> I checked the fluid and it was about a quart and a half low. I got back on the road, turned around
> and headed for a WalMart that was a couple exits back. I bought 3 quarts and put one and a half
> in. About 50 miles up the road, I put in another quart and a half. 25 Miles, 2 quarts. When I got
> home, 25 miles later, I was 2 quarts low.
> Saturday morning, I added the 2 qtarts, and started it up. It was leaking a little from the front
> seal, where it was leaking on the road.
> Monday morning, I took it to the transmission shop, about 25 miles from the house. It didn't leak
> a drop all the way there. They had it all day Monday and most of the day today. It won't leak.
> They checked the vents and the pressures (to look for pressure relief not opening). It seems OK
> now. I picked it up and drove it home and it still isn't leaking.
> Any ideas?
> I am looking to replace the BII with a Ranger. I really don't want to sell something that someone
> will have problems with.
>


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From: Ackarkka aol.com
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 21:10:32 EST
Subject: Re: Bronco II Auto Transmission

In a message dated 2/20/2001 1:57:46 PM Central Standard Time,
bciocco yahoo.com writes:


> They had it all day Monday and most of the day today. It won't leak.
> They checked the vents and the pressures (to look for pressure relief not
> opening). It seems OK
> now. I picked it up and drove it home and it still isn't leaking.
> Any ideas?
>

Same thing happened to both my Bronco II and AWD Aerostar.

The torque converter is failed.

You may be able to limp along for a couple of hundred miles, but I recommend
you replace the converter ASAP to minimize the amount of shrapnel that gets
into the fluid.

Alan K



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Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 21:54:29 -0500
From: Theodore D Mills <n3kwq martnet.com>
Subject: Re: Bronco II Auto Transmission


I'd get that checked out for a bad front seal.  Especially if it's an A4LD.

My 85 Ranger did something similar....

Towed the boat home and left a trail of trans fluid up the drive way after
about a 100 mile highway run.
I was unable to find a leak at the time.

About 4 months later, I was driving down to the beach, I went to pass a car
and as I changed lanes I see a trail of smoke.

Where's that coming from...oh crap! It's me!

Fluid was pouring out from the bellhousing.

Out in the middle of nowhere, I managed to limp it another 15 miles or so
before it ran dry and stopped.

My brother had the front seal on his Areostar (A4LD) fail with no warning
also.

Seems to be a common thing with that trans.


Ted

N3KWQ
Aston, Pa

84 Mustang GT (in pieces)
85 Ranger XL 2WD 2.8L
91 F-250 XLT Lariat SC 4X4x460
94 Taurus LX wagon 3.8L

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From: "Travis Johnson" <flatheadv8 hotmail.com>
Subject: break the ice
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 23:14:40 -0700




It's been pretty quiet around here lately. About a year ago I asked about my
87 ranger stumble. sometimes when I start out from a stop it barely goes
withno power until you either floor it or let off the gas then it runs
right.When you floor it nothing happens for a second then suddenly it feels
likesomeone hit the nitrous(wich I don't have) and it runs right. Somedays
itstumbles, somedays it doesn't, when it does, it does it at acceleration
andcruising. When it stumbles I could hear backfiring in the exhaust when my
muffler was off, now I have a K&N open air filter and I can hear backfiring
through the intake. Someone said it is the high pressure fuel pump. Well I
haven't replaced it yet. But I guess I not sure that it is the fuel pump
because of the backfire and how the stumble is efected by the throttle. Can
anybody relate to this? Or offer any ideas about what to look for. For the
record it shouldn't be the TPS as it was replaced about a year and a half
ago,  I get 11-17 mpg, and it's a 2.9l.



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