Transmission replacement instructions needed

Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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  • 2006 FORD RANGER
  • 3.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 195,000 MILES
Fixing to do a transmission swap on my truck. Same transmission as original just lower mileage. Looking for a guide out any tips you may have. Thank you!
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Friday, October 29th, 2021 AT 3:44 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

I have attached the transmission replace instructions below.
Please note some of the diagrams does not apply to your vehicle as they are for different engines (it will state clearly on the diagram for what engine and drivetrain).

Please let me know of any questions.
Thank you.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-remove-an-automatic-transmission-rwd
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Friday, October 29th, 2021 AT 6:59 AM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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Do you by chance have any recommendations to make them last longer the one I got in my truck was just rebuilt a year ago and it's already out.
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Friday, October 29th, 2021 AT 7:07 AM
Tiny
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How many miles did you drive on the current transmission?
It should not go out this fast. Unless the rebuilt job was not of very good quality or not thorough.

As for how to extend the life, it no different in the Ranger than any other automatic transmissions:
Make sure the fluid level is correct, fluid in good condition.
Using the correct fluid.
Careful not to overfill.
Excess heat ruins this transmission.
If you do tow, consider adding an auxiliary transmission cooler.
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Friday, October 29th, 2021 AT 7:51 AM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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I got roughly about 40,000 miles out of the rebuild. Initially it started off with second gear incorrect ratio, so I just had it rebuilt. Got about 40,000 miles out of it and now I got a code for first 3rd and 4th gear incorrect ratio. I don't know if it's overheating or what, but it's got a brand-new transmission cooler on it. So I'm going to do a swap and cheap the transmission that's in it right now and I'm going to buy a rebuild kit and try to rebuild that would you happen to have any instructions on rebuilding one also and like I said I was just looking for recommendations on what I can do to make it last longer. I appreciate your quick replies as I'm fixing to start doing this in about an hour.
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Friday, October 29th, 2021 AT 8:06 AM
Tiny
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An extra cooler does help if you drive a lot of miles or do towing/hauling.

I have attached the complete disassembly and reassembly procedures for all the major components in the transmission. This will help you with the rebuilt process.
Let me know if you have any questions.
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Friday, October 29th, 2021 AT 9:43 AM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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So, we got the original transmission out but can't get the other one to seat properly. I can get a couple bolts started but can't move the transmission around when I do that. Is there a smoother process of aligning this up? It almost seems like the torque converters not back all the way and stopping it from coming forward all the way but I put it in and spun it till I felt it drop twice and couldn't get it to drop anymore. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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Monday, November 1st, 2021 AT 10:57 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

The torque converter needs to be seated. If you remove it, you will see two spline cutouts where it pushes into the front pump. You need to rotate the converter until they seat.

See pic below. It shows what I am talking about.

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 AT 7:12 PM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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I've already done that. After setting torque converter on shaft, I spin it and can watch and feel it drop in twice. How can I tell if it is back all the way or is there anything else that would cause it to stick out a little too far?
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

If you see and feel it drop into place, it should be fine. There really isn't anything that would prevent it from sticking out too far.

Is this a new torque converter?

Joe
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 AT 9:01 PM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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It looks remanufactured honestly the one that came with my truck was brand new from when they rebuilt it about a year and a half ago. I'm swapping mine out for one off a 2005. The thing is it won't pull in with the other torque converter either but without a torque converter at all it pulls in flush and sits perfectly.
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Both model years use the same torque converter. So, it should work. If you have it fully seated in the front pump, something must be moving.

Did you remove the front pump or flex plate or anything other that may cause an issue?

Joe
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Thursday, November 4th, 2021 AT 5:04 PM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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Got transmission in but won't grab any gear.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 AT 1:39 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Justin, were you able to get it seated? Also, (and this can be messy) if you disconnect one of the cooling lines, is there pressure when you start the engine?

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
JUSTIN STUDDARD
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It was the used transmission that they had given me the input shaft was sticking out way too far, so they gave me a different used transmission I just got today and just got done getting bolted up and I am actually driving it right now! I really do appreciate you getting back to me and if by chance you have rebuild specs and instructions for a 351 Windsor it would be greatly appreciated.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 AT 7:09 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Justin,

I'm glad you got it going. As far as the rebuild, I would be happy to provide that info for you. However, I need you to start a new thread. We try to keep the threads specific to one topic, so it is more helpful to others. I hope you understand.

Here is the link to start a new post. Simply copy and paste from above or let me know if there are specifics you need.

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/new

I will watch for your new post, and I hope you understand why we do this.

Take care and remember, you are always welcome here.

Joe
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 AT 7:28 PM

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