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North Idaho 5.oh

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1998
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Ford ranger
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My 96 transmission burned out on the highway about 20 miles from home. On a 4 lane divided highway doing 70 I looked in the rear view and saw nothing but a screen of white smoke. I pulled over and checked it out, and about 10 minutes later the traffic began moving through there again.
I drove it on, stopping every couple miles or so and letting the red glow in the transmission pan subside, at least I did have an extinguisher along, and I made it home ok.
The Explorer however has not left the driveway again.

Is that transmission worth no more now than a tin can?
The 4R70W is actually a decent transmission, and I’ve never had issues with them till this one. I’ve got a transmission guy out in Denver but shipping one of these monsters is a joke
 


scotts90ranger

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Ford
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2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3 Turbo
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6
Tire Size
35"
My buddy would probably be able to point at the issue but I can't... my 4R70W was DESTROYED when I got my '00 Explorer, seemed ok when I bought it but after a test drive after I fixed the rear axle (stripped spiders) it had all forward gears, no neutrals or reverse... like $900 in PARTS later it was working, 20k later the only part we didn't replace (planetary assembly) blew up and it lost neutrals and reverse again... I think he found a good used one for $200 and we got it back together again... The 4R70W is a good trans assuming all the hard parts are in good shape.

That said, trouble shifting like that it's either the shift servo or something in the valve body unless the clutches are gone from my guess. The servo is like $8 on amazon so might as well do that if you have the valve body off...
 

dvdswan

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Ranger XLT 2WD
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3.0 V6
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2WD
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Keep your mind like an umbrella, it only works if its open... Continually learning.
Nicely done for sure.

I suggest we have a wheeling event with the option of fabricating stuff ... let's say somewhere in Idaho.
 

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