1999 3.0 Ranger Trans Whine
I recently purchased a 1999 manual transmission 3.0L ford ranger with 180,000km. When I took it for a test ride, everything seemed good with a very slight whine in 5th gear while accelerating (to be perfectly honest, I was used to a loud old car, so perhaps I only heard the noise in 5th, but it may have been present in other gears). I decided to buy it as the price was right.
Unfortunately, when the car was delivered (after the purchase), I took it for a spin and noticed the whine was present in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. Not in 4th gear. The sound is much louder when accelerating and almost non existant when decelerating. The sound can almost be drowned out by opening a window or turning up the radio, so it isn't seriously that loud, but definitely noticeable. The sound is a similar whine to old manual trannys while reversing.
I checked the manual fluid level and noticed that it was low (over 1 litre too low and it was dark). I topped it off, but didnt change the fluid which was in there. I am planning on doing that this weekend (the vehicle is not currently being driven). Any idea if the transmission is toast? Do you think I could still get any life out of it? I was planning a long trip with it... should I reconsider? Is there any hope that a fluid change would help?
Any help would be appreciated.
Last edited by oskarol; 07-27-2009 at 11:46 PM.