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Old 07-02-2014
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automatic trans options

So I need a trans for my 1996 4cy automatic ranger, and from what I understand it has a 4r44e and that was used in a lot of different combos but I need a trans forn a 96 or 97 2.3, my question is will a 96 or 97 3.0 trans work in my truck or are there differences between the 2 like bellhousing, tail shaft or electrc plug ins, I did search the forums, like all of them but I have not come up with a solid answer, my wifes car that she had before we met has become unreliable so I put her in my car a while back and I need this truck up and running asap, and I have limited funds so a rebuild is almost out of the question with out using money I really don't have but 2.3 automatics are not as easy to find as I first thought. So any helpful info is greatly appreciated cause I'm kind of screwed.
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Old 07-03-2014
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3.0l and 2.3l have different bell housing bolt patterns, confusion is from duratec 2.3l, which you don't have, you have a Lima 2.3l

Yes you need to stick with the 4R44E trans because your computer operates it.

1995-2000 2.3l/2.5l Rangers, and Mazda B2300s would be good wrecking yard finds, 2WD of course
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