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I have a 1996 f-150 4x4 with a straight 6 auto. The previous owner had the trans rebuilt just before I bought it. Ever since I bought it the fluid looks like new but it shifts really hard from one gear to the next and when you shift from drive to reverse it engages really hard. I believe that it was truely rebuilt but I just wonder if there was something forgotten or improporly hooked up. I'm thankful for any tips you may offer.

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Hi John, Just wanted to throw you a few ideas so you can get a resolution. Sometimes people put in a part called a "shift kit". This has different size openings in the valve body of the Auto trans. It can cause a harder shift and is one possibility.

Next, the Mechanic who overhauled the Auto trans has to put on gauges for pressure readings when finishing the job. The Auto trans is basically a pump (Torque Converter) that pushes fluid under pressure to spin gears. There are different styles of Torque Converters which is a second possibility for your problem. The Mechanics' adjustment of the pressure is a third possibility of your problem.

You need to get the pressure of the Auto trans adjusted. Most of the time it involves using the pressure gauges I mentioned. The newer models of Electronically controlled transmissions can be done by just hooking up a small scanner-computer to adjust the shift. I do not know which type Auto trans you have.

If you are fortunate enough to have the old receipts from his trans job or if the Seller mentioned where he took the Vehicle you are in luck. The repair shop would have a copy of the Work order under the former owners name or the Vin# or owners address. Then you can get a parts list for what was installed inside the trans.

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