Originally Posted by tractorman
2002 Ford Ranger 4.0 auto 4wd. When I move the shifter in 2 on the column, is that the first gear with the overdrive band, or techincally "3rd gear," but what would be 2nd gear without the overdrive band on first...if this makes any sense.
Just wondering because I plan on doing some truck pulls next year with it, and would like to avoid engaging that overdrive band to since it is pretty weak.
When your 5-speed Ranger automatic is in lever position "2", the transmission is locked in 3rd gear. It will start from rest in 3rd and stay in 3rd.
The 5 speed 5R44E/5R55E is basically just a 4 speed with an additional shaft speed sensor and more complex electronic control software. The new second gear in the 5 speed is created by using 1st with overdrive. The new third gear is exactly equivalent to the earlier second gear and so on down the list.
2nd gear (1st + O/D) in the 5-speed is skipped in most driving and is only used during heavier acceleration for performance improvement. There is no lever position that can select it.
Comparison of 4R44E/4R55E 4-speed and 5R44E/5R55E 5-speed:
4th 0.75 (1.00 x 0.75)
2nd 1.85 (2.47 x 0.75) <----(added "gear" in the 5-speed is 1st w/ O/D)
5th 0.75 (1.00 x 0.75)