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Can a 88 ranger automatic transmission work in a 86 ranger?

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2011-09-12 14:36:11
2011-09-12 14:36:11

My best guess is a conditional "yes" for the following reasons:

Someone with more knowledge about transmissions can give you better info than I can, but repair manuals like Chilton's are "generic" for 1983-1994 Rangers, Bronco IIs and Explorers since they were within a generation of similar body and engine styles. The section on auto transmissions shows how to remove a C3, a C5 for 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive, and an A4LD transmission for repair or replacement, so if you are placing an '88 C3 trans in an '86 Ranger that had/has a C3, the swap should work. The same should be true of C-5 to C5 or A4LD to A4LD. Whether you can switch from one kind of trans to a different one on an engine that was designed to attach to the first one, I don't know.

If you are planning to do this yourself, I'd definitely get hold of a Chilton's or other repair guide to show you how. Better yet, you with a repair manual and a good transmission mechanic can decide what is the best used replacement for your Ranger, then get out of the way and let him do the work. Some things are worth paying others to do!

Any Ranger owners/enthusiasts or Transmission specialists out there that can shed more light on this one?

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