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1994 to 1998 Trans interchange 3.0 v6 4x4 question

I have a 1994 ranger 3.0 5 speed 4x4 ext cab the trans makes a raking noise randomly in neutral not often but enough to know its not right but I'm pulling it out because the clutch went out and I found a trans in a 1998 mazada 3.0 4x4 5 speed ext cab and I can get it pretty cheap my question is will the newer mazada trans work any help is appreciated thanks
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Yes, it is the same transmission.
1991 and up Rangers with 3.0l engines had the Mazda M50D-R1 manual trans

You should change transmission fluid while it is out, easier to fill, lol.
Also draining used trans fluid will tell you a bit about how it was running.

'98 and older M5OD should get Mercon ATF, now called Dex/Merc ATF, yes automatic transmission fluid in a manual
'99 and later can use Mercon V ATF, some have complained the V makes shifting harder in '98 and older M5OD trans, even though Ford recommends it since they stopped making Mercon.
Or you can use a synthetic, many are available
Takes about 5 Quarts

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Thanks that helps to know I'll be doing the clutch and Trans Monday thanks for the info!
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