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Delay on reverse

Delay or a bang

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Other than changing the solenoid pack, I would
say your due for a complete transmission rebuild

That is what I would do,pull it & rebuild it, & do the
valve body updates

Once they slip or bang into gear, you have internal wear
& problems

I know of people that are on their 3 rd trans in a 2005 Expedition

Ford Trans are flawed when new,most of them & well known & can be fixed, but only when you build one

If you never change the fluid every 3 years, your done, with any vehicle

Posted on Apr 02, 2014

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