Ford Ranger Transmission Problems & Cost | 5R55E / 5R44E / 4R44E

The Ford Ranger was equipped with the 5R55E, 5R44E or 4R44E transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford Ranger transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford Ranger Transmission Models

Ford Ranger: 5R55E / 5R44E / 4R44E Transmission

Ford Ranger Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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Replacement 5R55E / 5R44E / 4R44E Transmission:

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What are the DTC codes related to Ford Ranger transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Ford Ranger Transmission Recalls

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Ford Ranger Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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Common Problems with the Ford Ranger Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Ford Ranger can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Ford Ranger transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Ranger transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Ford Ranger transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Ford Ranger transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford Ranger transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Ford Ranger transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Ford Ranger transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Ford Ranger transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Ford Ranger transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford Ranger Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Ranger Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Ranger Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Ranger Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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What Problem Does Your Ford Ranger Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Billy Hooks

09 Ford Ranger XL basic work truck. 2.3 L 4 cyl. I keep getting code P0743 torque converter clutch circuit electrical. Flashing O/D light with a solid engine light. I’ve replaced the torque converter solenoid inside the tranny but I still have the same issue. The truck has a hard shift into second and sometimes third gear. It dosent always want to shift into O/D but if you play with the throttle it will eventually shift. Any help is greatly appreciated.


i have a 2004 ranger edge auto transmission 4 liter engine. it is kicking violently at times just driving at normal speeds. it’s 4×4 that i just bought in august. in 4 wheel drive mode it is much worse. 125000 miles any post are very welcome!

Mike w

2000 ranger 254k mile no reverse had no slip just stopped working ??


Same thing happened to me today. Was told it’s a reverse band in the back of the tranny. The whole thing needs to come apart to fix. Cheaper to put in a used transmission.


(OF OFF) light comes on and flashes and hits 3000 rpm at 60 mph. Replaced the output speed sensor, and no change. I also bought a transmission kit and still no better


2015 pII goes into limp mode every 30-40 min driving, Trans light only comes on and goes off every now and then, ford can’t diagnose the problem only had one fault code that was for the fuel rail sensor

Kyle Race

06 xlt ranger 6cyl 5 speed manual leaking clutch fluid ???
Any ideas

angel C

05 with about 35,000 and wont shift into 3rd, had only started driving it more frequently in last year, any suggestions please

Robert Powell

Forgot it’s a 94 with almost 300,000 Miles on it

Robert Powell

I have to let off throttle for about two seconds for it to shift. It kicks down and into passing gear and will shift for hills and other drags on speed but from the take off it’s like driving a standard. No I don’t have to manually shift it. So what’s my problem with it


My 2006 Ranger has a shifting issue, if I dont allow the motor to idle down completely before putting it in gear, it wont shift into drive. I have to put it in neutral, and rev the motor and then put it drive.

Isabelino Colon

Same as my problem how you resolve?

Tommy Gaines

It will back up but want go front sometime.

Walter Hass

2000 ranger, 94000

Walter Hass

The problem is where the drive shaft go’s into the rear of the transmission, can move it all around