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Old 11-09-2012, 09:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I like how the last 6 posts were from you

Congrats on getting it fixed! A well shifting trans is always good!
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Congrats on a good job. How much time to you figure you got wrapped
up on the whole project?

Question: the AX4N was notorious for having a delayed engagement of
reverse. Mine has been doing it for a while, but its not a deal killer and just
an annoyance. Did yours do that also before the issues? If so, did it quit
after the VB replacement?

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Glad you got it going again!
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:03 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm going to say it took about 8 hrs total. It took longer to remove than to install mainly because of that engine trans mounting bracket. Taking it out and putting it back really is like a puzzle. I had to wait quite a while before I put it back because of my problem finding a VB that I felt confident with. Tying the wires and other thing up out of the way took a while but well worth if because it gives you lots of room and getting the side pan and VB in and out was not really hard at all. I put the pan back on while I waited for parts that keeps things nice and clean and I also cleaned all around the area with carb spray and blew everything off each time I worked on it. I had pumped the pan out with that cheap little hand pump HF sells (about a gal) so not much comes out when you pull the side pan maybe a cup or 2. I did get the shop manual on ebay ($10) and between that and the help here it went very well. The car was on jack stands and I kept a jack with a piece of 2X6 under the oil pan and a jack stand with 2X6 under the trans pan. You'll have to move the engine and trans up and down to get the mount bracket in and out. I kept one of those large drip pans you can get at AZ under the car all the time so no mess at all. Hears a tip when you get the wheel and cowling (wheel well and under radiator) off soak all those large bolts and nuts (sub frame and mounts) wit PB if you need to I didn't than break all of them loose that helps a lot when your ready to start the job. You'll also have your tools lined up and ready to go.

As far as the shifting before and after. It did have some hesitation going into reverse but not real bad. What I did notice was a hesitation between first and second kinda of mushy but it drove fine. After the noise started it took a couple of 20 to 30 mile trips before it wouldn't go into gear (forward or reverse) when it was cold. Now it goes into reverse almost instantly maybe a second or 2 and in drive the same also the shifting is very smooth and without hesitation.

It's my wife's car so I'm not as used to it as she is. Thursday she drove it for the first time about a mile and back and said if felt much better. Yesterday we put about 30 or forty miles freeway and in town and she loves her car once again said it's been a long time since it driven so well. I guess I'm getting my Ranger back.

Next up struts and sway bar bushings.when we find the extra money of course.

If any of you are going to do this and have any questions maybe I can help.
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Did you remove the subframe?
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:01 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Did not remove sub frame just loosened so I had about 1 to 1 1/2 inch play. I used a pry bar to move it up and down. Need to do that to get the mount out and in. Also all was torqued back to factory spec.

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