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These 2002 to 2005’s have the “5R55_” 5 speed transmissions in them .
They are sealed .they do not have a dipstick.
They are sensitive to old (greater than 4 years and or 60,000) used up fluid.
And run fantastic on new Motorcraft Mercon five fluid.
Have the Ford / Merc dealer do a flush and fresh fill. Then you get the good stuff.
They absolutely require a semi synthetic transmission fluid meeting the Mercon V (FIVE) spec.
If plain old Mercon is used the transmission with function very poorly and may self destruct.
They are controlled electronically by a computer utilizing a very complex 32 bit computer code
As far a bands go … I don’t think you can or would want to adjust the Bands if they are even there.
You should ask a transmission shop or a ford or Mercury dealer.
Transmissions can be purchased at Rock Auto for about $1500 and you can get a discount code ( found at the Taurus Forum) for a 5% discount.
Look on the driver’s side door jam info sticker and look under the trans part to match the code to the transmission you have. R code = 5R55W , D code = 5R55E and V code = 5R55S they differ only by the 2 gear ratio.
D (1997-2005) A5LDE / 5R44/55E
D (1992-1996) M5OD-R1
J (2002 - 2003) R1HD / M5OD-R4
M (2000-2001) Mazda M5D4
M (1997-1999) M5OD-R2
M (1992-1996) M5OD-R1
R (2002) 5R55W
T (1992-1995) A4LD
T (1996-2001) 4R55E
Code Trans Code ( 1_ 2_ 3_ 4_ 5 Gear ratio)
D- 5R55E (2.47_1.87_1.47_1.0_0.75)
Jaguar Trans 5R55N (3.25_2.44_1.55_1.0_0.75)
V- 5R55S (3.22_2.29_1.55_1.0_0.75) = Lincoln LS and 4.0 Mustang
R 5R55W (3.22_2.41_1.55_1.0_0.75)
I'd download the whole file while it's still free....
Per Brooklynbay post:
The procedure for adjusting the bands is as follows:
Loosen the nut on the adjusting stud while holding the stud in place. Set your torque wrench to 10 ft.-lbs. (120 in.-lbs.), and tighten the stud. When it reaches 10 ft.-lbs. refer to the above specifications to set the proper amount of turns back. Hold the stud in place, and lock the nut to 35-45 ft.-lbs.
The 5R55's are to back out 2 turns.
That said... note I'm no expert.... not to highjack ur thread but... Hopefully BrooklynBay et. al. could help out with this:
My 2002 XLT 4.6L 5R55W with 150K miles on has a shudder/stumble when accelerating normally through 45-50 mph. I had ATF changed at 98K (dealer) and 147K (DIY). It's had this shudder for years, lately its been getting somewhat worse. Doesn't happen under heavy acceleration, if I play with the gas pedal I can avoid it; but it always happens when accelerating "normally" through 45-50mph. I thought it was OD band, adjusted it per the procedure, noticed that it was quite loose, meaning that after torqueing it to 120in/lbs and backing out 2 turns, it was significantly more "in" than when I started (guessing at least 1 1/2 turns). Now here's the question: Is it normal for the "adjusting screw" to be really loose after backing out 2 turns? When I torque it down to 120in/lbs, its obviously tight, but when I go to back it out it feels really loose after only 1/2 to 3/4 turns. Does this mean that the OD band material is really worn off? I've considered trying it backed out only 1/2, 3/4, or 1 full turn, is that a good idea? I don't want to break anything. Adjusting it to 2 turns did help, but didn't completely eliminate the shudder.
I also had the PCM software updated recently, didn't help this problem. Would replacing the solenoid pack address this problem? Any response would be greatly appreciated.