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Old 12-06-2015
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Auto Transmission wont go into drive but it will go into 2nd gear

I have a 2000 Ranger 4wd 3.0 auto. I was driving to school and I stop at the sign it just revved the engine doesn't move(still in drive) then jumps forward then it cut right out. The transmission only gets Park,Neutral,Reverse, and 2nd gear right now. The transmission is 4R44E. What should i look for? is it the transmission solenoid or something else?

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Can you get the shift lever into 1st, and if so is 1st not working either? I was thinking about the chronic loose shift lever bracket up under the dash. Mine was ridiculously loose when I bought it but my symptom was put the lever in 2nd and that would be drive. Probably not helpful but I wonder if it could put the trans 'between gears' if loose. Just a thought. Hope you work it out.
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4R44E rarely have shift solenoid issues, usual problem is no/low pressure at solenoids.

I doubt any "in the truck" repair will work, automatics are not overly complicated BUT, they do have quite a few inter-dependent parts requiring specific pressures at specific times to work correctly, as they age and parts wear they lose pressure, like oil pressure in an engine is less with higher miles.
In the case of automatic transmission, which is a pressure based system, this slightly less pressure is more significant than in an engine.

When you shift gears in an automatic you are not shifting gears like in a manual transmission with physical contact between gears, you are shifting fluid pressure to different pathways, so pressure is extremely important.

When you start to have a problem with an automatic it is usually best to "bite the bullet" and either swap transmission out or have it rebuilt.
For rebuild make sure is is not a "soft parts" only rebuild, this will pretty much guaranty another problem in 12 to 18 months
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i only have 151,000 miles on motor and trans.
I'm not sure if this could be a issue or not but like 2 months ago my Od/ over drive light started flashing (not sure why it did that) i turned it off and back on it went away. Thanks for the help
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Flashing OD light is almost the same as the Check Engine Light(CEL) is for the engine.

Computer saw a problem with transmission and started to Flash the OD light to let driver know there was a problem, yes turning OD OFF and ON can reset it and turning key off and on can as well.
So you probably have some transmission Codes in memory.
These codes can not be read by most scanners, a few can but most just read engine codes.
The codes are important but don't always mean what you may find on the internet, they will be specific to 4R44E trans and Ranger.
While OD light is flashing trans may start to shift harder, that is normal, computer is running trans in "failsafe mode" or "Limp mode", to prevent damage and allow driver to make it home or to a shop.
Resetting and having no flashing light doesn't mean it "fixed itself", lol, that never happens in the real world.
It means code is in memory so driver knows to head in for service and get codes read, when he can, no reason to bug him with more flashing lights.
Rebuilding a trans that had flashing OD light without know the codes that were set will almost guaranty getting flashing OD light again with rebuilt trans.

If you have had this truck since it was new and had regular service then yes 150k is early for transmission issues.
If you got it used....................well, no amount of paper work in the glove box means it was well taken care of :)
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I made 3 attemps to post !!!!!!!!!

I am a Tech Grad from the 60's but some S.O.B. steadily totally erases my post !!!!!!!! Kiss my a$$ you S.O.B.
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I am a Tech Grad from the 60's but some S.O.B. steadily totally erases my post !!!!!!!! Kiss my a$$ you S.O.B.
I see all 22 posts when I checked???

How many did you have?

Only you or a moderator can erase your posts
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Hi, I'm old & slow on these computors ,but as I scrolled to post my post it was gone like a lightening strike ???? I tried 3 times ! Some Mod ! Why ? I think I know your problem , but I don't want to get bit again ! Bud
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You can accidentally erase your typing by a "shortcut" key on your keyboard.

My wife is always switching keyboard by accident and losing question mark and other punctuation, comes up and accents and other "non-engilsh" grammar marks.
It is a combination of keystrokes that does it.

I doubt if the mods can even do it that fast, it has to be posted first and they would have to be constantly Refreshing the screen on this thread to even see it after you posted it.
Something else is going on, maybe the keystrokes for a word or sentence you don't normally type is now a "short cut" that causes previous typing to be deleted.

??? don't know
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Low gear band

Hi RonD, Drop your pan you'll probally find the low gear band is broken .
Broke from ware .It's a easy fix ! Most parts stores should sell a 2 piece replacement band.
Loosen your band adjustment set screw. The old band turns & slides out.
The new band will be a 2 piece band. It looks like a door hinge with no pin.
You just turn each piece till they meet. looks maybe like 2 S's that you easily hooks at the top of the low gear drum.
After hooking the new band put the strut end in the hyd strut & the other in the adjustable anchor .
Gently tighten to stop & then loosen one full round for play.
This is an easy fix. Remember too adjust the reverse band or face the same problem. Wear & cold weather high rpm cause these bands to just snap.
Good luck . Bud
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