1999 Ford Ranger Wont Go in Reverse

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TOM WALSH
  • 1999 FORD RANGER

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1999 Ford Ranger 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 125000 miles

My 1999 Ford Ranger will not go in reverse. It seems to be running fine in drive. I have never had a problem with the transmission before this happened two days ago. I checked the transmission fluid level cold and after running at normal operating temperature. Fluid levels were within normal levels according to the operator's manual. The fluid is not dirty and is still red. I had the transmission fluid changed about three years ago at about 90000 miles. It was pretty dirty before it was changed. Please let me know if you can help me. Thanks.

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Sunday, May 16th, 2010 AT 8:34 PM

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Hi Tom Walsh,

Thank you for the donation.

Get a scan done to check for trouble codes and let me know the exact code if any found.

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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 1:58 PM
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TOM WALSH
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I took the truck to an auto parts store that does free diagnostic tests, but since there was no "check engine" light or any other warning lights displayed, they could not do a test. The guy at the store said since there were no warning lights, the problem might be something like a cable connection. Any ideas? I'm getting tired of looking for hills so I can use gravity to go backwards. Thanks.

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 12:14 PM
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Even when the CEL is not indicating, trouble codes could still be recorded in the PCM.

What is your engine capacity and transmission model code?
Are any of the other gears not working correctly?

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 12:55 PM
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TOM WALSH
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It is a 3.0L V6. Don't know what the transmission model code is. Where would I find it? What letters or numbers would the code start with? All the forward gears work normally.

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 2:42 PM
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The engine capacity indicates the trans model is 4R44E.

As no diagnostic codes are present, the problem is most likely to be mechanical.

No Reverse Gears
Check the following:
1. Fluid level,
2. Shift linkage,
3. Low line control pressure,
4. Filter assembly (plugged),
5. Valve body (sticking valves),
6. Incorrectly tightened valve body bolts (cross-leaks),
7. Low-reverse servo (piston seal leaking),
8. Direct and low-reverse clutch/band assemblies.

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 AT 2:38 PM
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MICBEN123
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Thanks for taking my question. I have a 1999 Ford Ranger 4 cylinder/2 wheel drive with 86,000 miles on it. I got up one morning to go to work and the truck would not move after placing it in drive. I then placed it in reverse. Nothing. I pushed the overdrive button to the off position and it runs through the gears fine, minus the OD of course but still have no reverse. I've heard everything from a rebuild to relays. Can you help?

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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2CARPROS KEN
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Hey MICBEN123,

Yes this is a classic transmission internal seal problem, as soon as the engine and transmission get a little warmer it starts working, but it will stop again once it cools down.

Please let us know happens so it will help others.

Best, Ken

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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Hey,

Did you ever get the problem fixed?

Best, Ken

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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STANGMAN01
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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.

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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Everything was good till you installed the trans star valve body kit plus sonnax upgrade?

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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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, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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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, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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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, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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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, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 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, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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The sonnax kit was just the o-ringed end plugs& new check balls.

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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DREWHOLT1977
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What is the likely cause of losing reverse only? My reverse might as well be neutral. Engine revs but absolutely nothin.

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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Sounds like tranny is slipping badly-Bring it in and have it pressure tested to find out more-could be numerous things within the transmission-such as TC, Valve body, clutches/bands etc-

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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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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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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 3:55 PM
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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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