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Old 05-22-2009
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Acting up? Tranny?

I was pulling my dads boat to the lake with him the other day. We hit some hills the Ranger downshifts and it seems like it slips or hesitates for a quick second then shifts. Today the GF and I hit the lake and the same thing happened. It doesn't do it every time but to put a number on it 1 out of 3 or 4 times. Tonight I'm leaving the GF house and I back out of her driveway, complete stop, then put it into drive and I move about 1 or 2 feet then I hear this aweful grinding sound. It sounded like when I go wheeling and I grind my skids across some rocks, kind of like a metal on metal sound. I did have the e-brake on but I released it and I could tell it disengaged when I released it. I'm guessing something is up with my tranny, but I'm not sure. I'm around 52k miles and I think I have until 60k for my powertrain warranty. Any experts out there think this could be my problem? Any ideas or help is greatly appreciated. Thanks


EDIT: After some quick searching it looks like my 2005 might only go until 3 or 36 for the powettrain. On Ford's websote the 2009's have the 5yr 60k. I'll have to hunt down and check out my paperwork.

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Did you do the heavy towing with the "O/D" disengaged?

Tranny doesn't have to work as hard because it doesn't upshift to the higher O/D, which really doesn't provide enough power when you're towing anything substantial, doesn't keep hunting for that higher O/D gearing.

I've heard of extended towing with the O/D engaged ending up ruining trannys.

(Applies to automatics, obviously)
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Dont know about your problem, but Ford transmissions are very freaky, according to my dad. They sometimes act weird, then the next day act perfectly fine.
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A few days after I posted this I my engine was running really rough. It eneded up being the engine running on 5 cylinders as a spark plug went out. I think that when I got on heavy on the gas and the tranny downshifted that the plug was fouling. I know this doesn't explain the lound grinding/clunk but it hasn't happened since. Thanks
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