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A4ld interchangeable 88-89?


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I have an 88 2wd ranger with bad trans and a 89 2wd parts truck was wondering if I could just bolt that one in? Tag on 88’ 88GT-BAA. And 89’ 89GT-AAA anyone that knows I thank you in advance.
 


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I think the 1988 would be a 3 wire model, this has to do with wiring on drivers side of trans and if trans has 1 or 2 solenoids on the valve body, you need the 2 solenoid model in 1989

Look here: https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/media/a4ld-specification-chart-from-transgo.39537/full

It lists 1985 to 1988 as the 2 wire(1 solenoid) and 1989 to 1994 as 3 wire(2 solenoids)
But I think Rangers got the 3 wire models in 1988

But have a look to be sure

If 1988 is the 2 wire model you could swap valve bodys to make it a 3 wire
 

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Ok thank you
 

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Does anyone have any tips separating shift linkage from bushings?
 

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Pry bar and lube...they can be a bit of a pain.
 

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I believe the change to 3 wire with 2 solenoids was mid '87 with the A4LD.

Agree on the prybar to separate, they suck.

To put them back together I found a thread that showed how to use a socket and a carriage bolt and nut to push them back in. I'll have to see if I can dig it up.
 

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Yeah that’s what I figured I will have to find out a way to not bend the bracket. I was trying to make a pickle fork out of scrap to remove and my crude attempt did not work. The donor I have is a column shift whereas my truck is a floor shifter that may be a problem.
 

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Well the pry bars were not working too well I made a couple of make shift tools out of what I had. I would suggest a long chisel with an opening big enough for linkage that would work better. Harbor freight stuff so no worries.
 

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I think I might be in business my 88 has 3 wire. I just need to inspect the 89 trans and if good swap the linkage off 88 on to 89 trans. Also saved some money making a transmission attachment from scrap I had.
 

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Well turned out the parts truck transmission wasn’t in the best shape so I had the original rebuilt.
 

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