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Old 11-28-2006
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Confirm my tranny fears...

So, I think my tranny is on it's last legs. I've had my B3000 since I was 15 and in driver's ed I was... less than nice to the tranny out of ignorance. Things like shifting from reverese to drive while still slowly moving... I know, I know. I've since grown up into a fully competent person and I know how stupid it was, but hey, I know better now, and that's what's important, right?

Here's the symptoms.
- It shifts into reverese very, very hard. When I shift to R there is a quick pause then BAM, the whole truck jerks, but it's in gear.
- It shifts into second kind of rough but not too bad. All other shifts smooth.
- Black crud on the dipstick :( :( :( :( :( :(
- Going 45 mph or so, always when cruising around 45, if I push on the accelerator, nothing happens. I don't think it's a slip since it doesn't even rev, it just sits there still going 45 untill I really push down on the gas and it revs way up and goes on fine from there (from around 1200 to 2400) Same thing at 55-60 (slips?)
- It just doesn't seem to like 4th gear at all. When I first got the truck, if I needed a burst of speed for passing, ect, I could step down on the accelerator and I could very easily get it to shift up and get moving, but now-a-days if I stomp down on the accelerator, or even if I floor it, it will just revv high on the same gear, not shift.

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Well my 94' Ranger 3.0L auto does most of those except the revving and black crud thing, because my U-Joints are going bad and the play in my rear axle it makes shifting into Reverse, 1-2 shifts, and rapid acceleration pulses really bang.

When was the last time you changed your trans fluid/filter and checked your rear diff fluid?
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Well my 94' Ranger 3.0L auto does most of those except the revving and black crud thing, because my U-Joints are going bad and the play in my rear axle it makes shifting into Reverse, 1-2 shifts, and rapid acceleration pulses really bang.
When I floor it, it doesn't bang, it won't shift up, it just keeps revving in the same gear. Used to be, 14,000 miles ago, if I floored it, it'd shift up and revv, giving me the power I needed...
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im no tranny expert but black fuild in the tranny is bad, I went threw a few trannys and everyone has shifted harder going in to 2 gear and fine threw the rest.
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I guess my main problem is that it won't shift up for me... Any ideas on that?
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flush the fluid and check the tranny kick down cable (if it has one). make sure it has no slack
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does it show oil on the dipstick?
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It might be oil... I just remember seeing red fliud and black fluid on the dipstick after having a tranny flushed, I'll check the cable tomarrow and bring news
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Old 11-29-2006
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it looks like a throttle cable and it only pulls when u hit the gas hard. again, im only guessing that your truck has one since its a 1994.
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umm, also if you floor your throttle to accelerate under load, the truck isn't very inclined to upshift into a higher gear (ie. 4th gear/overdrive). It'll downshift into a lower gear (ie. 2nd or 3rd).

Is that what you meant?
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umm, also if you floor your throttle to accelerate under load, the truck isn't very inclined to upshift into a higher gear (ie. 4th gear/overdrive). It'll downshift into a lower gear (ie. 2nd or 3rd).

Is that what you meant?

Whoops, yeah that's what I mean, it won't do it, niether in OD or D
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i would suggest not towing 8000 lbs on your new tranny... that will help
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why its funny
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Sorry for the double... The 8,000lb towing is pretty much a twice yearly trip pulling a camper about 100 miles round trip, not too too bad. So, if my kickdown cable is slack, when tightened will it downshift and give me some more power? If not, what does the kickdown do?
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well from my understanding of the kick down cable is that when u mash the pedal, it pulls on a valve or something in the tranny and forces it to downshift into a lower gear. it was used first in earlier cars cuz their trannys were not computer controlled. so if there is slack it will not open the valve properly and not force the downshift. but get the repair manual and make sure it doesnt need a certian amount of slack but i dont think it does. make sure it goes to the tranny cuz u might be looking at the cruise control throttle cable (if your truck has it). again im not sure if the 94's had kickdown cables.
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