98 Ranger Won't Go Into Third Gear Until All Warmed Up


Old 05-29-17, 09:52 PM
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98 Ranger Won't Go Into Third Gear Until All Warmed Up

My 98 Ranger (3.0L, 2wd, +OD, 198,000 mi) will not go into third gear until it is all warmed up. It seems to come out of 2nd, but not into 3rd. I feel slight drag, but no real pull. Drive about 5 miles, or let it idle in the drive for ten minutes or so, and it does fine.

Not until 2nd day did it throw a "shift solenoid A" failure.

My retired tranny guy replaced the sol., fluid, filter, pan gasket, did some other basic tests and drove it several days with no issues. Day after I picked it up, started again.

Went back, valve body seal kit and other solenoid, bumped the pressure a bit. Same thing, even a bit worse. It tends to hit 3rd and slip back out until a little more fully warmed up.

Before I go back again, any suggestions for what this might be? I can't afford to have him spend a bunch of time searching. I had him stop after the valve body just for a sanity check.
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Old 06-06-17, 03:41 PM
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I am not a tranny guy but I own a 2000 Ranger with 120,000 miles. No trouble with trainny, I would try googling the question. Nothing to loose.
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Might give this forum a try there are some pretty smart people on there about these transmissions.
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