Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hickman Nebraska
yeah, i know a lot of people that swear by leaving a trans or engine alone if its been run on sludge for a long time, becuase as soon as you swap the fluid, especially to a syn fluid, it will start springing leaks, or causing clutches to slip or fail... common sense tells me that yes, it should do that, but im a firm beleiver in changing my fluid regularly, or right away if i buy a car and i dont know if its been changed in a while (like if its brown mud). sometimes the only thing holding things together is the accumulated sludge -_-
chances are thats the orriginal fluid from the whole 78k and the damage is done...
but anyway, went ahead and grabbed that Mk8 trans, its an F7 with the 11" TC, and the big pan. so im happy, but now i got to find a flexplate... looks great, everything seems to be the same but the MLPS, but i got my old one, or a new one if i have too. my dads still thinking about buying a BG shift kit, or listening to me, and buying the ford parts listed in the tech articles here and doing it ourselves for half the price :P im gonna go ahead and buy a new TCC and i should be good to go.
gonna be great driving her again. i can finally get out of the old 178k ranger with the slipping trans XD. shes gonna be next... its one of those old A4LD's and its puking fluid/OD slips so much its hardly worth using.