Cost of transmission replacement? on 1991 Ford Explorer

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?

by in Stockbridge, GA on February 21, 2011
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on February 21, 2011
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.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2011
Thanks for your answer. I was thinking the same thing. The truck might not be worth the cost of the repairs.
ANSWER by on February 21, 2011
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.
COMMENT by on March 11, 2011
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.
ANSWER by on March 11, 2011
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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