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meathead3333, Stockbridge, GA, February 21, 2011, 14:50
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I just bought a 1991 Ford Explorer 4.0L 4WD Automatic Trans w/OD (A4LD). When cold, the transmission shifts very late and hard. Checked the fluid and it looks severely burnt. My question is: How much should it cost to replace the transmission including all parts and labor if it needs replacing?

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    Theo's Automotive, Inc. (18 Answers) , Peachtree City, GA - (678) 820-3945
    not your average garage February 21, 2011, 16:12
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    Your car is 20 yrs old. Is it worth it to replace with a reman? If it is then you are looking around 3K, or look for a used one preferable with lower than you old one mileage.

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    meathead3333, March 11, 2011, 02:55
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    Thanks for your answer. I was thinking the same thing. The truck might not be worth the cost of the repairs.

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    DaveJHM February 21, 2011, 21:47
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    Start with looking at vacuum and the vacuum diaphragm first, as this essentially controls shifting on this mostly non-electronic unit. Even with nasty fluid, you may not be totally in trouble on this unit.

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    meathead3333, March 11, 2011, 02:54
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    Thanks for your reply. Since posting, I replaced the trans filter, and when I went to the parts store I found out that the filter I took out was same as the filter from a 1995 transmission. I guess previous owners replaced the original. Any ideas what transmission this is if it is from a '95? Also, I have good vacuum and no fluid in the line. The filter change seemed to help some, but still shifts late from a cold start-up. Have to drive about half a mile to a mile before it shifts properly.

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    Visitor, March 11, 2011, 04:51

    Your car is twenty yrs old, you have two options maybe you can find a used one with lower that your transmission mileage, that will be the cheapest way, or for a rebulid one for around $2500.00 out the door.
    Theo

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