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What's the difference with the various 5R55 transmissions?

Discussion in 'Transmissions & Transfer Cases' started by ageranger, March 31, 2009.


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      does anybody know what the differance is between the 5R55S, 5R55W and the 5R55E? just wondering cause with all the problems out there i never hear anything about the 5R55S which is whats in my X. thanks for the help
       
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      What's the difference in transmissions?

      This is directly from the ATSG Manual.

      The Ford 5R55S and 5R55W transmissions are both very similiar in design to the Ford 5R55N transmission and use electronic shift controls. The 5R55s/5R55w are both "Syncrounous" units, as they do not use the intermediate clutch and intermediate sprag that the 5R55N incorporates. The Ford 5R55S and 5R55W transmissions were introduced in 2002, found in the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles, and are available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. For model year 2003 they are also in the Lincoln LS, Lincoln Aviator and Ford Thunderbird. They are designed for operation in longitudinal powertrains for rear wheel drive vehicles.

      5R55S Gear Ratios 5R55W Gear Ratios
      1st Gear 3.22 3.22
      2nd Gear 2.29 2.41
      3rd Gear 1.54 1.54
      4th Gear 1.00 1.00
      5th Gear 0.71 0.75
      Reverse 3.07 3.07

      I don't have any information on 5R55E transmission.
      Hope this answers your question.
       
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      The 5R55E has a separate bell housing, and a dipstick fill tube unlike the other 3 models. The other 3 have no dipstick fill tube, a unitary (one piece) case design, and 2 large servos on the passenger's side.
       
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      Is it possible and what would I need to do to replace my 5R55S with the 5R55E with a dipstick?
       
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      Does it have the same crossmember linkage and sensors? Would it be a good idea to replace trans with one with a dipstick? I would like to be able to monitor fluid to catch any problem before I need another rebuild. Seems like a very bad design
       
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      The E and the S/W are not interchangeable. Several years ago a member her that goes by imp made a dipstick set up for the S/W transmission. Maybe he will see this and chime in.
       
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      Transmission Fluid on 05 explorer
      Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by NHarris, July 10, 2010. ( I don't know how to tag that thread.)

      This was the thread that imp showed how he built a pan with a dipstick. I also found this it for a mustang but could probably be made to fit the Explorer. Maybe company has a 4x4 pan?
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      I woke up, finally! OK, here's how a poor man did the dipstick thing.

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      My stock pan, with a 3/4" steel compression elbow braised in place. Cut the hole nice and clean using a chassis punch. Tube is 3/4" seamless steel hydraulic tubing; the compression bead and nut are visible. Dipstick is a standard 90's era Mustang 5.0L engine part, cut to appropriate length. Marked stick after filling trans. to proper level. The bends in the tube are, of course, dictated by obstructions in the way.

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      Here's how it fits together.

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      Looking upwards, under the Ex.

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      A closer underneath view. I took the time & effort to do this when I was replacing the solenoid module, ~ 50K ago, about 6 years now, hasn't leaked a drop. Had no idea someone had marketed a similar kit; Guess I missed the boat again! imp
       
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