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Old 12-10-2003, 18:12   #1 (permalink)
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Question 1999 Ranger transmission

I am looking at a 1999 Ranger XLT that I may purchase from a private individual. When I took it for a test drive I noticed that upon accellerating that there seemed to be a slight hesitation on the engine responding to the pedal. I asked the owner about this. He said that He has had the transmission checked at the garage and they could find nothing wrong with it. He was told by a car salesperson that this is common for a 1999 model Ranger. Does anyone have this year Ranger that reacts this way or can anyone give me any information about this? Also, it has the off-road package on it and towing package. Does this include a transmission cooler? Please respond as soon as possible because I have to make a buying decision on the pickup by tomorrow evening? Thanks for any info that anyone may have!
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Re: 1999 Ranger transmission

Late model Rangers did not some with an auxilary trans cooler. Consumer Reports lists the tranny as slightly above average on Rangers for that year. Overall I'd say my old '99 Ranger was better built than the '02 I have now. Also if you disconnect the battery the computer that governs the tranny will reprogram itself and shift firmer, at least for a while. Ranger autos call for a fluid and filter every 30k and fresh lube in the transfer case every 60k. Also there is what's becoming a popular modification, the heralded "throttle cable mod", involving lifting the gas pedal, tugging on the throttle cable to get the slack out, then putting a few small zip ties between the pedal and the bead at the cable end. If the cable is stretched this will improve throttle response a lot.
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