RIP 5R55E - 04/01/99 - 07/25/09 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Technical & Electrical General technical and electrical discussion for the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-27-2009
rngprerunner's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Beach CA
Posts: 3,453
RIP 5R55E - 04/01/99 - 07/25/09

Trans let go in the Ranger on Saturday.

I've been expecting it. It started going down hill in Pismo back in June when I couldn't get any power down and the truck wouldn't even move the tires in 4hi if I was on a slight incline. Then at Tuff Trucks we just couldn't get any power down at all, worse than normal. Drove it to Cleghorn (local trail) two weeks ago and the trans was banging and slipping in the 1-2 and occasionally 2-3 shifts. Pulled it out Saturday to drive while my F1 was in the shop and it felt like it was starting in second. Then it started slipping real bad between shifts and slammed into 3rd hard. By this time I was on the freeway, the O.D. light of doom came on (flashing OD) and it wouldn't shift into 5th. I pulled off the freeway and only had 3rd and 4th gear. Limped it the 5 miles home that way and parked it.

It was due. It was 10 years old with 145,000 miles on it. And I in now way treated it well the past few years.

So now for the fun time of finding a new trans and getting it swapped in.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-27-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
rebuild it, but with better parts.

you will be pretty happy with it then

still sucks it died but you cant complain about that life time, i know if mine quit i wouldnt complain at all, id be thankful it lasted as long as it did.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-27-2009
shadow905's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (10)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Boerne, TX
Posts: 1,997
mine is going through the same thing right now. not quote to that point but some hard shifts every now and then and i feel im on the same path. good luck finding a new one!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-27-2009
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
Quote:
Originally Posted by zabeard View Post
rebuild it, but with better parts.

you will be pretty happy with it then

still sucks it died but you cant complain about that life time, i know if mine quit i wouldnt complain at all, id be thankful it lasted as long as it did.
Like what better parts?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-27-2009
chainfire's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mission B.C.
Posts: 3,126
C-5 time?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-27-2009
TheBearJeweler's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (18)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 3,179
Go with the 5r55r mustang transmision. It's a tank!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-27-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeweler54 View Post
Go with the 5r55r mustang transmision. It's a tank!
only if the tailhousing can swap over. and that we dont know if it can.

I am not sure how its a tank? its the same tranny?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-27-2009
seed60's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (15)
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Mooresville, NC
Posts: 5,584
Well that sucks.

Time to build it stronger, faster, meaner....errrrrrrrr!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-27-2009
cchsbuzz19's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: North Canton, Ohio
Posts: 2,417
Atleast you get to rebuild your tranny or find a new one and hopefully never have to worry about it again, put a shift kit in it while your at it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-27-2009
TheBearJeweler's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (18)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 3,179
Quote:
Originally Posted by zabeard View Post
only if the tailhousing can swap over. and that we dont know if it can.

I am not sure how its a tank? its the same tranny?
Not quite. The 5r55r has stronger internals and way more precise shifts. It will also hold 500 hp. I've seen it myself.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-27-2009
zabeard's Avatar
who?
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: IN
Posts: 26,045
can you give some more detail?

ford uses the name as a code, 5r55e and the 5r55r cant be that much different. r or e? lol
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-27-2009
bucky919's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Minot, ND
Posts: 1,943
Quote:
Originally Posted by zabeard View Post
can you give some more detail?

ford uses the name as a code, 5r55e and the 5r55r cant be that much different. r or e? lol
r must mean racing, so it has to be better. haha
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-27-2009
TheBearJeweler's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (18)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 3,179
I'll do some checking and get back to you. There is an explanation on one of the mustang sites I'm on.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-27-2009
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
I would just rebuild what is the truck with stronger internals. Less crap to deal with since once its back together it will just dolt right in. No computer mods or driveline mods.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-27-2009
rngprerunner's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Beach CA
Posts: 3,453
Different transmission isn't an option right now. It's getting another 5R55E, in the cheapest manner I can manage.

There are bigger plans for the future, none of which involve a 5R55E, so there is no sense in dumping a whole lot of money into one now when it's just going to come out again in 5,000 miles.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 07-28-2009
chainfire's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mission B.C.
Posts: 3,126
Bigger liters I take it?
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 07-28-2009
rngprerunner's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Beach CA
Posts: 3,453
Quote:
Originally Posted by chainfire View Post
Bigger liters I take it?
Couple more... next year some time maybe...

The plan was always wait until this engine or trans took a dump then make the switch. But the trans went too soon... bad timing as always... oh well...
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 07-28-2009
Joush's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Marshalls Creek, PA
Posts: 503
why not a TH400? Especially if your going with more power later on.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2005 3.0 5R55E to 2005 4.0 5r55e Ftirish86 Drivetrain Tech 2 10-18-2011 11:44 PM
RIP....first gen 4x4 TheStig88 Snapshots 5 11-23-2008 10:00 PM
Rear-end...RIP UNCCRang49 Drivetrain Tech 13 10-29-2006 07:38 PM
another tornado rip or sumthing better? loneFX4 New Ideas 16 07-16-2005 10:40 PM
About ready to rip Ford a new one! SONICEDGE03 General Technical & Electrical 28 06-28-2005 01:45 PM


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 09:11 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.