WHAT WOULD CAUSE A FORD 4R44E TO NOT HAVE A REVERSE AFTER A RE-BUILD

  • Tiny
  • stangman01
  • 1999 Ford Ranger
  • 15,500 miles

I JUST REBUILT A FORD 4R44E IN A 4X4 RANGER 3.0L, THE TRANS HAD STARTED SLIPPING FWD AND REVERSE & FLUID WAS BURNT. UPON DISASSEMBLY I FOUND THAT THE O/D CLUTCHES WELDED TOGETHER & O/D BAND WORN THIN, & VALVE BODY GASKETS BLOWN OUT. AFTER A THOROUGH DISASSEMBLY, CLEAN, & REBUILD KIT WITH BANDS, EPC, REVERSE BAND NOT CHANGED(LOOKED GOOD). RESULT, NO TO LITTLE SLIPPING REVERSE, FORWARD WAS OK SO I INSTALLED A TRANSTAR SHIFT IMPROVER KIT, REVERSE SERVO EXTENSION, & SONNAX VALVE BODY END PLUG KIT. NOW SLIPPING FORWARD & REVERSE. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST A NEXT STEP B/C I AM STUMPED.

Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 12:34 AM

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  • Tiny
  • saturntech9
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Everything was good till you installed the trans star valve body kit plus sonnax upgrade?

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 12:45 AM
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Forward was fine except for a flare between second to 3rd. But reverse would clunk but not pull, now reverse will delay clunk then pull some with high revs.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 1:50 AM
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Forward is acting the same as reverse now, I am re checking the fwd band servos tmw morning to make sure no problems. They were not replaced.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 1:53 AM
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The first thing I would do is check the line pressures in the transmission to rule out a pressure issue. Also thats the first thing I check when diagnosing a transmission before taking it apart. Nothing worse then not know you had a pressure problem that caused the problem your taking the transmission apart to fix. Then after the repair you find the pressure problem on the test drive.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 1:57 AM
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Ok I will try that, what should the next step be if it has high or low pressure?

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 4:18 PM
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So you did a trans star valve body upgrade with sonnax upgrades?If so I would suspect that as being a problem some where in the valve body. If the pump is good and there is a too high or low pressure issue then something going on in the valve body that regulates and directs the flow of the pressurized fluid. Let me know what you find.

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Monday, July 9th, 2012 AT 9:06 PM
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The sonnax kit was just the o-ringed end plugs& new check balls.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 12:08 AM
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What was in the trans star shift improver kit?Also what was the cause for the burnt clutches?Leaking piston?Low fluid pressure?

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 12:14 AM
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The burnt o/d clutches were burnt from valvebody separator plate gasket blowout. The trans star kit consisted of improved springs & end cap forthe main pressure booster valve, a rivit on separtaor plate, a new hockey puck, drilled hole in casting of v/b & a insert in direct band in fluid passage of trans. The 4r44e is prone to the v/b gaskets blowing due to high pressure. I changed the epc solinoid & filter prior to any other repairs. That is when I found the pan full of friction material.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 6:42 AM
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So the valve body gasket blew out pressure dropped then burnt the clutches from the low pressure allowing the clutches to slip?Also how are the pressures now?What are the readings?

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 AT 5:31 PM

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