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Old 10-18-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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They replaced the transmission on my 99 Ranger automatic with one from a salvage yard. I bought this truck with a bad tranny, replaced with a used one and had to warranty it within a month because it crapped out. It's been a long time since I had an automatic. This one just seems slow. I called the shop that put it in and the guy said that is how it is. I would like to put a good additive in the trans to see if that smooths thing out. By the way it shifts fine, it's just when you put it in gear it is not super responsive. This is a 4x4 too. I have had 4 Rangers with manual transmissions prior to this. The hip starts to bother nowadays running a clutch. Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:14 PM   #2
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I'm usually not for additives but this one I used twice and it worked twice.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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Yeah I am not much for additives. I am thinking more of switching to Redline fluid.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:44 PM   #4
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I have no experience to comment on the additives. I have heard some stories of additives freeing up bits of gunk that move to cause more trouble than their sitting where they're at. That might be why others don't recommend them. But, mine is the opinion of a forum reader only...

I think it's just a bit of a clunky, slow shifting automatic. I've been driving mine for about 8 years and have a Honda CR-V (not that smooth either), and had a VW Passat (an Autobahn dream tranny with tiptronic). Both of those make the Ranger seem to shift more like me on a manual when I was 17. Sometimes my 1st to 2nd rolling shift feels like someone dropped the clutch.

Anyway, even though I'm rambling, I think it's just the nature of the beast. I would definitely do a tranny service (drain, refill, replace filter and gasket) if you haven't, and make sure it's done as per procedure by someone who knows what they're doing -- which could be you. That helps mine a lot every 30K.
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Ive used Lucas trans fix, worked good. Any additive however is usually just a band-aid solution.
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If the trans has a delayed low/reverse engagement, you can
improve it by replacing the low/reverse servo O-ring. The servo
is located behind the valve body and can be serviced when the
pan is dropped. It's as easy as replacing the filter. A lot of gunk
accumulates at the bottom of the servo housing, and can be
cleaned out at the same time.

There's also a Superior shift kit available for the 5R44E that
helps with lazy shifts.

I use LubeGard in the red bottle in all my automatics.

ROE
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