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So we bought a wrecked 99 ranger from my boss (his son busted it up so he sold it to me for the scrap value) and I put it back together for my son to drive his senior year in HS. It had been in a front end wreck, replaced all the sheet metal forward of the doors and the entire front suspension, steering, control arms etc. Fortunately there was no damage to the drive train beyond the passenger steering knuckle.
The truck has somewhere just over 200K miles on it now. As far as we can tell, previous owners did not spend a great deal of time and money on preventative maintenance. Oil changes perhaps and that is about it. We did drain and replace all fluids (yes... even the trans). So for the last 8 months the truck has run just fine. No issues at all. Even power windows work.
This weekend, my son and some friends went camping, he got it stuck in some deep sand and somehow - lost first gear. His brother and I went and loaded it up on a trailer and brought it home late last night. If you put it into "2" it will move in 2nd. Has reverse etc. we did not drive it all over so "D" etc, we do not know about.
Now I am fairly handy with the tools but I think auto transmissions work on magic and you have to be a magician to work on one. Any thoughts? What might have broken? No obvious leaks. Is this something a slightly better than average home garage wrench can tackle or is this out of my league and we need to take it to the shop?
When you originally posted you haven't tried D yet.
Not pulling at all in D changes things, its not going to be electrical, something is broken. When you start off in 2nd can you shift it up into drive once you get going?
Its sounding like the low sprag has failed. This component is in the bottom of the case and would require a complete tear down to get to.
You are correct sir - when I originally posted, I had not looked at it at all yet. My other son had gone out with the trailer to pick him up but did not get home till 3am Sunday morning. I had to work Monday and had other obligations Monday evening. So last night was my first chance to check things out.
I had high hopes that it was a simple and inexpensive repair but now it does not sound like it. My son reports that the trans has been "acting up" a bit lately. Slipping some. Now why he felt it was a good idea to drive it 5 hrs to another state to go camping is beyond my grasp of understanding but then again - I have given up trying to understand his reasoning at times like this. He is now with out wheels until he heads off to basic training later this fall. I am not spending 1/2 the value of the truck to fix it so instead... The young man is now begging for rides from his pals.
Anyone interested in a 99 ranger with about 210k miles - thrashed auto but everything else works just fine. 4.0L, 4X4, AC, PW, PL....
It might not be relevant to your 99 Ford Trans issue, but my 99 Ford Trans, 3.0L super cab, has a damaged cable that indicates that the trans is in D when it actually is in neutral. Putting the shifter in the next lowest detent puts the trans actually in Drive. There's a cheap plastic part under the dash that breaks. Reverse is indicated as N.
My thoughts on replacing and repairing the trans yourself is that a cheaper alternative would be to buy a used good trans at a junkyard and replace that with the damaged one.
Hopefully it turns out that it's the cable and not the trans.
Explorer 1997 xlt 4x4 awd control track w/ 5R55E transmission problems
Hi everybody, that´s my first time in here. My name is Andre Brennand and I´m form Brazil. I´m hoping to get some help to fix the transmission of my Explorer 97 XLT 4x4 AWD control track. Unfortunately, I drove it some time with low level of transmission oil due to leaking (gasket). The transmission started to work strange (intermittent clutching) but became normal after just filling the oil up (Mercon V). After nearly 2 months working fine the problem appeared. It takes some time (2-3 minutes at 3000-5000 rpm) to start going forward from N to D (or 1st/2nd). Once it starts going forward the transmission works fine. The valve body (the one with solenoids) was cleaned; oil (Mercon V) and filter were changed but the problem persists. The rear is working fine. Any advice will be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance, André.
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