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.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford Ranger Transmission Models

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

Ford Ranger Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement 5R55E / 5R44E / 4R44E Transmission:

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

Trouble CodeDescription
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0745Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'
P0775Pressure Control Solenoid 'B'
P0795Pressure Control Solenoid 'C'
P0797Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Stuck On
P0798Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Electrical

Ford Ranger Transmission Recalls

None Found

Ford Ranger Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 02-08-03 – Transmission fluid leak at servo cover
2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport – 2001 – 2002 Ford Ranger
Problem – On vehicles equipped with the 2.3L, 3.0L or 4.0L engine with the 5R55E transmission, operating in cold climates may cause a transmission fluid leak at the servo cover.
Solution – Install updated servo cover(s).

TSB 02-13-8 – Low line pressure at wide open throttle (WOT), slipping and or delayed gear engagement
1995 – 2001 Ford Explorer – 1999 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport – 2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 1995 – 2002 Ford Ranger – 1997 – 2001 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – Vehicles built prior to 12/1/2001 may experience a number of transmission problems including; no 2nd gear, no 3rd gear, no engine braking when in manual 1st, slipping and/or delayed gear engagements, DTC’s P0732, P0733 and/or P1762
Solution – Modify or install updated valve body

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.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

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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17 days ago

98 ranger shifts hard when I put it
in gear and going down the road it shifts hard in all gears

Timothy kline
3 months ago

98 ford ranger no gears with over drive on turn over drive off and you have 1,2,3, and reverse been driving it that way for a year no trouble codes would you know what could be the problem

zach cunningham
1 month ago
Reply to  Timothy kline

you find an answer

Jason carey
3 months ago

I have a 97 ranger with 3.0 auto 4 trans that wont engage in drive without raving the engine. I changed the fluid and changed the speed sensor. Any ideas?

4 months ago

I have a 1998 ford ranger 4×4 Automatic transmission came to stop sign and it wouldn’t go in drive rev it try’s to move sift it to first it moves put it in 2nd gear it moves put it back in drive won’t go or put in in reverse and it moves but seems like it’s slipping Trans fluid is clean and doesn’t smell burnt

Byron C Marr jr
4 months ago

i have a 2002 ranger xlt 4×4 , it still drives but OD off light is flashing and does not go into OD
pluss every code that that tranny has is coming up when put on computer

4 months ago

Had my transmission rebuilt at aj’s transmission and had nothing but problems for the first 10 months they had it more than I did. They could never get it right the od light keep coming on and it wouldn’t shift right then they pulling it out replaced the torque converter and replace the valve body multiple times and finally they end up taking the tranny out and replacing it with another one now after one month it won’t go into third gear.I’m stuck it’s been over a year.what a nightmare!!!!

5 months ago

I have a 1994 Ford ranger v6 4×4 first gear won’t kick in

5 months ago

I have an 2004 r anger. It has no upshift.and no voltage on the epc solenoid.

5 months ago

2011 Ranger automatic
60,000 kilometers so far no problems

5 months ago

Have a 97 ranger 4×4 4.0L v6. It seem to be going in and out of fourth gear. I’ll be traveling at 45mph and seems like it’s wants to shift but hesitates then after a could of times it’ll go into gear. What could be the problem.

William Traub
5 months ago

Od light blinking

Roy Simpson
6 months ago

Hey I got a 1994 ford ranger and everytime I put into reverse or neutral it’s like I am putting it in drive any ideas

6 months ago


7 months ago

Does not go into overdrive

7 months ago

My 1995 ford ranger 3.0 4×4 automatic transmission has 198k and just whines. No weird shifts, no leaks, shifts into 3rd rough sometimes and that’s it.

7 months ago

Good day
I have a 2012 ranger 3.2 xlt 2×4 my automatic transmission is making a clunky /rattle noise in drive and reverse not in park and neutral, I have resently had a oil and filter change to the box, I don’t know what direction to go

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