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5r and 4r are the same internally, just a software change so even a 5r on a 4r computer would just run without using the fake second gear though right?
 


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5r and 4r are the same internally, just a software change so even a 5r on a 4r computer would just run without using the fake second gear though right?
The valve body is different, and so is some of the wiring IIRC. Its enough to make it funky if you have the wrong stuff.
 

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Not to derail here but any idea what exactly is different on the valve body. Cause the shift kits are the same for the 4r and 5r with the same instructions and diagrams?

My transgo kit fit both and had no seperate instructions.

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I found some small metal parts in the bucket after changing my transmission filter. (see picture below) The small fragment was stuck to the magnet. The small round things do not stick to a magnet.

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The fluid was practically black. A few months ago, it failed to go forward after stopping at a stop sign. I had to put into second in order to move. At this point, I bought a siphon pump and took out a quart, replaced a quart, then did the same thing the next day. It ran better and I didn't experience failure to move. Today was a day off of work, and I used it to work on the truck! To my dismay, it looks like some parts of a valve or something was left down in the pan...

the truck is a 2001 Ford Ranger, Edge. 3.0L 6cyl, Automatic transmission.

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I found some small metal parts in the bucket after changing my transmission filter. (see picture below) The small fragment was stuck to the magnet. The small round things do not stick to a magnet.

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The fluid was practically black. A few months ago, it failed to go forward after stopping at a stop sign. I had to put into second in order to move. At this point, I bought a siphon pump and took out a quart, replaced a quart, then did the same thing the next day. It ran better and I didn't experience failure to move. Today was a day off of work, and I used it to work on the truck! To my dismay, it looks like some parts of a valve or something was left down in the pan...

the truck is a 2001 Ford Ranger, Edge. 3.0L 6cyl, Automatic transmission.

What should I do?
You had a cork gasket, those are spacers built into that gasket to keep it from getting over tightened(cork performs best at a certain thickness)
It's likely the factory gasket, they won't be found in your replacement, just be sure to get em all out of the pan.
 
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You had a cork gasket, those are spacers built into that gasket to keep it from getting over tightened(cork performs best at a certain thickness)
It's likely the factory gasket, they won't be found in your replacement, just be sure to get em all out of the pan.
awesome, thank you. I pulled the old gasket out of the trash and only 4 little spacers were missing. It seems I found them all. Time will tell if the filter change and new fluid will keep me on the road!
 

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awesome, thank you. I pulled the old gasket out of the trash and only 4 little spacers were missing. It seems I found them all. Time will tell if the filter change and new fluid will keep me on the road!
Good luck Kenny, I'm worrying with one myself
 

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I have a 96 Ranger 4.0L 4x4 that has to rev high to engage transmission. It is the same for forward and reverse. Fluid smells a little burnt but is light red. Can't confirm if it was recently changed since I just bought it for cheap. Dropped the pan and the was a thin dark grey film on the magnet and pan. Can I possibly get it going with just a shift kit to fix the valve body or am I looking at a full rebuild?
 


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