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Automatic Transmission Problems of Ford Ranger - part 1



Ford Ranger owners have reported 72 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Ford Ranger 1
Failure Date: 06/25/2011

2002 Ford Ranger, automatic, extended cab. Slowing down to pull into parking spot and rear tires lock up, sending truck into skid. Once stopped, cannot move truck, even in neutral.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 2
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

With less than 70k miles, the 5 speed auto transmission in my 2004 Ford Ranger (3. 0 2wd) frequently refuses to engage gears when cold. When in drive or reverse, increasing engine speed produces engagement with a harsh thunk. Shortly after I purchased this vehicle new, Ford issued a recall for which the dealer placed an additive to prevent harsh shifts and prevent transmission damage. I assume this is a stopgap measure to allow the vehicle to exceed its warranty period. Interestingly, an autoparts store cashier asked me if I had a Ford Ranger based on my description of the problem.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 3
Failure Date: 07/03/2010

"o/d off" light flashing. When slowing down at toll booth transmission down shifted but rpm remained high. Had to stand on brakes to get vehicle to stop. Shifted into neutral rpm dropped slowly. Shifted back into drive and vehicle leaped forward. Found hundreds of complaints on internet regarding transmission problems with Ford Rangers and explorers between 2002 and 2004.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Ford Ranger 4
Failure Date: 07/03/2010

When stopped at a traffic light with the brake applied and the engine idling in drive (an automatic transmission) the engine revved up significantly. When it did I pushed on the brake as hard as I could and the rear wheel spun. This has been happening maybe 3 or 4 times a year for the past two years and most of the time can be stopped by releasing then quickly pressing on the brake. This is the first time it has happened where someone could have been hurt and I received a ticket for the incident.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Ford Ranger 5
Failure Date: 01/12/2010

2002 Ford Ranger o\d light flashes and transmission shifts hard and inconsistently.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Ford Ranger 6
Failure Date: 12/03/2009

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Ranger. The vehicle shifts roughly into the reverse gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, and the transmission was recalibrated. The current and failure mileages were 46800.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 7
Failure Date: 02/10/2008

This is a follow up to odi #10217638. Traveling approx 60 mph, truck seemed to lose upper transmission gear, engine light came on and coasted until a hard upshift . Took truck to dealer ( out of warranty). Waiting to hear back from dealer.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Ford Ranger 8
Failure Date: 08/02/2007

I drive the 2003 Ford Ranger edge v-6, 3. 0. In stop and go traffic my transmission shifts very hard into 2nd and 3rd gear. . . It has happened numerous times through out the year I've had the truck. The problem is usually from 0-25 mph. I took the truck to the dealership, but they turned me away blaming me for the cause of the problem. . . . Even though my truck was still under warranty.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 9
Failure Date: 06/24/2006

Transmission acted as if in neutral. Had to manually shift down to be able to move vehicle off road. This situation could have presented a real traffic hazard had it occurred when I needed to pull out quickly, or if there were lots of traffic. Researched problem on this site and found service bulletins which mention the problem: 10013414, 10014086 and 10013369.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Ford Ranger 10
Failure Date: 05/20/2006

Automatic transmission doesn't maintain enough pressure to prevent the vehicle from rolling forward or backwards. Extreme pressure to the gas is need to rebuild the pressure in the transmission to stop the rolling action.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Ford Ranger 11
Failure Date: 04/10/2006

Severe water leak in roof and rear window exact location not determined yet. Owner noticed water dripping on drivers seat. Under heavy rain conditions the cab will fill up with water -all over the floor, carpets, mats, etc. Water has caused damage to interior and upholstery. I took the truck to Fordã‚s service department and they refused to look at the vehicle as well as repair the leak and damage to interior. They told me leaks are common and they will do nothing about it. Second defect: automatic transmissions does not shift correctly will even get hung up in a gear; causes heavy vibration upon braking. Some steering and suspension components have been recently replaced by owners expense.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Ford Ranger 12
Failure Date: 02/13/2006

Transmission went "bang" when I put it into reverse, after that, reverse didn't work. Ammco states the transmission is bad. I've been told for years now by other Ford truck owners that their transmission went out around 40,000 miles, mine died at 60,. Even Ford's sales people have asked me about the transmission. There is a history here of Ford transmissions self destroying.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Ford Ranger 13
Failure Date: 01/02/2006

Rough or delayed shift 2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th. Been to dealer and charged 800. 00 for updated valve body. No better. Independent shop showed me a seal that fails on many Rangers causing same problem. Vibration at 65-70 and grinding sound when accelerating hard from stop.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 14
Failure Date: 03/11/2005

Ford Ranger 2004 speed standard transmission, loss of power and stalling during standard operation, known by Ford since 1997 for that type of engine.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 15
Failure Date: 11/13/2004

While driving it felt as if the gears were going to jump. Consumer went out to start the vehicle, and went back into the house, and gears jumped from park into reverse, causing a collision. Consumer took vehicle to dealer several times for this problem, and was told there was nothing wrong with the vehicle.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 16
Failure Date: 08/28/2004

Consumer stated: there was a rattling noise, primarily in the power train area, it made noise when the accelerator was applied. It would happen when the consumer reached up to 2000 rmp's.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 17
Failure Date: 08/06/2004

2004, Ford, Ranger XLT, front brakes on driver's side are grabbing. The vehicle has been in repair shop twice. Consumer can mash the brakes down, and hears a grinding sound. Dealership has looked at the truck, and they could not find any problems. When the weather is cool the brakes feel like they are freezing up. Also, has been inspected by the dealership, who still could not find the cause of the problem. In addition, the front seal on the transmission was defective. The truck was having problems with the seal when it was taken to dealer for brake problems. The owner told the dealership to fix what ever necessary, and the seal was not fixed. The vehicle has 40,000 miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 18
Failure Date: 07/01/2004

2004 Ford Ranger 3. 0l 5spd automatic transmission changes gears in an excessive amount when inclining over the slightest hill (eg 5th to 4th to 3rd to 4th to 3rd). Is not healthy for a transmission to act this way when not under strain.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 19
Failure Date: 06/03/2004

Transmission gears would not shift into low. Vehicle was inspected by the dealership, and gave consumer transmission codes, cide p0732, p1756e, and obd plug ratio. Shift gear was no longer operative. Also, told consumer that spacer plate was an issue for the transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 20
Failure Date: 05/02/2004

I was coming to a stop at a red light and it turned green I stepped on gas pedal to go and truck slammed forward took truck to dealership 3 times and they shipped it 60 miles away to thier Ford dealer for 2 days and they found nothing wrong truck continues to do same thing.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Ford Ranger 21
Failure Date: 03/29/2004

Brake and rotor problems on Ford Ranger. Rotors had to be turned and front tires had to be replaced at 12000 miles because the rotors became warped and vehicle shook violently. Same condition is occurring again at 35000 miles and dealer refuses to fix under warranty. Transmission has also been overhauled twice due to malfunction.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 22
Failure Date: 03/29/2004

Consumer was accelerating from a stop sign and without warning transmission down shifted on its own. Consumer was able to shift the gear from park to drive after five minutes. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the transmission needed to be replaced. .

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 23
Failure Date: 03/11/2004

While driving and shifting gears, transmission would shift hard and jerk the vehicle forward without warning. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 24
Failure Date: 01/16/2004

While driving my Ford Ranger the trannsmission did a couple of loud bangs and suddenly there I was stuck on the high way the truck has 68thousand miles on it no need for a tranny to go.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 25
Failure Date: 12/30/2003

At less than 36,000 miles, and at just 4 yrs old, the transmission needed to be completely rebuilt and a celanoid needed to be replaced. In addition, I have had to replace at least 2 sensors. Ford says there is nothing they can do at this time and will not release any data as to how many Ford Rangers have required the transmission to be rebuilt or replaced. In addition, Ford will not comment as to whether the issue is even being investigated by the engineers. I feel that this is an issue that Ford is aware of but is not willing to correct at this time because they are not required to by law.

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