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Old 01-18-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy Transmission Fluid Change and now?...won't shift gears! HELP

1999 Ford Ranger XLT, V6 3.0L Automatic - I performed a transmission fluid change today and when starting vehicle to back off ramps the truck would not shift into reverse or any other gear. What could I have done wrong when removing pan and old filter, then replacing with new filter and bolting pan back on? I have not put any fluid in yet. I reset PCM by removing negative post connector for 20 minutes on battery, nothing. Please help! Thanks, Jennier
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:09 AM   #2
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Seriously?

No fluid in an automatic transmission means it will not move. Stop trying to drive it without fluid in it, you will burn it up.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:01 AM   #3
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You probably already burned something up just by trying to move it.

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:07 AM   #4
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OUCH, How did you check fluid level while unlevel on ramps, is there an APP for that?
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:59 AM   #5
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Add atf until it reaches just above the full mark then start it set the ebrake and shift into neutral then check it again running in neutral. You dont want to overfill and as the tranny warms up the fluid will expand so keep it just below full for a bit then take it for a road trip. after about half hour of running it check that the level is full once again running in neutral. I dont imagine you hurt anything unless you run the engine at high rpms or got it too hot running without oil for too long. All you can do is add oil and hope for the best. GL
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Add atf until it reaches just above the full mark then start it set the ebrake and shift into neutral then check it again running in neutral. You dont want to overfill and as the tranny warms up the fluid will expand so keep it just below full for a bit then take it for a road trip. after about half hour of running it check that the level is full once again running in neutral. I dont imagine you hurt anything unless you run the engine at high rpms or got it too hot running without oil for too long. All you can do is add oil and hope for the best. GL
Yep what he said^^^^ and lets hope for the best.
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1999 Ford Ranger XLT, V6 3.0L Automatic - I performed a transmission fluid change today and when starting vehicle to back off ramps the truck would not shift into reverse or any other gear. What could I have done wrong when removing pan and old filter, then replacing with new filter and bolting pan back on? I have not put any fluid in yet. I reset PCM by removing negative post connector for 20 minutes on battery, nothing. Please help! Thanks, Jennier
That's what you "did wrong"....the statement in red.

The fluid in an auto trans is what makes the parts inside do what they do. It's called "hydraulic pressure".
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #8
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Why would you move it without fluid?

Fill it up and hope for the best...I really hope that you didn't burn it up.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:11 PM   #9
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I've backed mine off of ramps after draining the fluid from my stickshift just to get it in a better position for refilling it. Maybe that's what the OP was trying to do? (just giving the benefit of the doubt here)
As has been said, that doesn't work so well with an automatic.
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Manuals are a completely different animal. Still you shouldn't run either without fluid ever ever ever ever!

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