Transmission problems? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Drivetrain Tech General discussion of drivetrain for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-28-2016
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Beaufort, SC
Posts: 9
Transmission problems?

I recently bought a 2003 4.0 with 166k on it. The problem I am having is when accelerating from a dead start the entire truck will jolt, almost like I got a love tap on the bumper. It does it again when decelerating from cruising speed from 3-2 and right before I come to a dead stop at 2-1. It will do it every time. One other thing I noticed is sometimes when switching from reverse to 1st the TC stays locked when I shift while it is still barely rolling, instantly changing moving directions. Any ideas what is going on and what could be the fix? I've been looking for a junk trans to rebuild in my garage, but I'm on a limited budget that won't allow for the prices people are asking for those.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-29-2016
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 7,606
2003 4.0l Ranger will have the 5R55E transmission.

Good read here on problems with that transmission: Common Problems for The Ford 5R55E Transmission: Do You Know What They Are?

Test solenoids
And for sure add a 2nd trans cooler.

Google: 5R55E

There are some videos on fixing problems along with other information


Symptoms on automatics vary too much to say "yes, that's the problem", you are there so only you know all the symptoms, so read a few articles that others have posted and may be it will ring a few bells on your problem.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-29-2016
IN2 FX4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 855
The jolt symptom can also be caused by the slip joint in the driveshaft. The lube get worn out and doesn't slip like it is supposed to, then does it suddenly. It is not a difficult fix but make sure you get a good lube fore it. I think Ford sells a packet of lube just for this application.
I have a manual transmission and it was starting to give the jolt symptom. I took the slip joint apart, cleaned it well and applied a good lube. I has been very smooth since then.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-29-2016
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Beaufort, SC
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by IN2 FX4 View Post
The jolt symptom can also be caused by the slip joint in the driveshaft. The lube get worn out and doesn't slip like it is supposed to, then does it suddenly. It is not a difficult fix but make sure you get a good lube fore it. I think Ford sells a packet of lube just for this application.
I have a manual transmission and it was starting to give the jolt symptom. I took the slip joint apart, cleaned it well and applied a good lube. I has been very smooth since then.
Was it doing it during the downshift as well?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-29-2016
IN2 FX4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 855
It was so long ago that I don't remember all the details of the jolts. However, since I have a manual transmission it would not be as noticeable on downshift compared to taking out from a stop. I think an automatic would be more pronounced on downshifts compared to a manual but that is only an opinion.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rebuilt Auto Transmissions (Transmission Authority or Transmission Depot? Stevenc General Ford Ranger Discussion 3 12-22-2015 08:31 PM
Transmission Problems 91FordRangerXLT Drivetrain Tech 3 04-17-2011 11:02 PM
1996 Ford Ranger 2.3L Automatic transmission problems USMCWHITENER Drivetrain Tech 0 11-23-2006 10:57 PM
More Info On My Transmission Problems... Trevelyn1015 Drivetrain Tech 25 10-21-2005 06:05 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:56 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.