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Ford Ranger Complete Auto Transmissions

The Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck produced between 1982 and 2011. Encompassing two generations, the Ford Ranger is a flexible truck that can perform a huge range of different tasks, and the transmission is an important part of how it functions. If you are experiencing problems with the automatic transmission in your Ford Ranger, then these complete replacement parts will help you fix it.

How does the automatic transmission system work?

The transmission is a critical component that transfers power between the engine and the wheels. It consists of the clutch, gearbox, drive shafts, and more. The transmission provides a range of speed and torque outputs to the vehicle by shifting the gear ratio at the appropriate time. In an automatic system, this process is done with no input from the driver. These units are structurally complicated, with hundreds of hydraulic and electronic parts working in tandem.

What are the symptoms of a bad transmission?

One of the most common signs of a problem is leaking transmission fluid. You may notice a pool of fluid beneath your truck or that the fluid level is running low. This could be a sign of a damaged housing or worn-out seals and gaskets. If the fluid is overheating, then it could cause the entire part to burn up as well. In this case, your vehicle's sensors may detect a problem with overheating and trigger the warning light. Defective units may also make a high-pitched whining or humming sound, or you might experience a slight delay in movement as it is shifting gears. If the device is badly damaged, then you may need to completely rebuild it.

How long does the automatic transmission usually last?

The longevity depends on a variety of factors, including miles driven, the quality of your build, and the amount of maintenance and repairs it has received. The engine generates a lot of heat, so the quality of the lubrication and cooling system also plays an important role as well. When your Ford Ranger is towing or hauling heavy objects, the transmission fluid is particularly prone to burning up, which could shorten the lifespan. To protect it from damage, you can buy an additional cooler to install in your truck. If the transmission remains in relatively good condition over the life of the vehicle, then it can last in excess of 100,000 miles. However, because there isn't a fixed lifespan, it's important to understand the signs of a failing transmission.

Should you ensure the replacement is compatible with your truck?

Yes, most auto transmissions will only fit certain makes, years, and models. If you are performing a complete rebuild on your Ford, then you will likely want a high-quality part that can meet or exceed OEM specifications. A replacement part that exceeds OEM specifications can produce more torque capacity and performance in your Ford Ranger.