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Remanufactured Ford Escape Transmissions

  • Learn about common Ford Escape transmission problems
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Ford Escape transmission for sale
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Ford Escape transmission

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Ford Escape Transmission Problems & Solutions


Although many were expecting the world to end at 12 am on January 1st 2000, it didn’t. Computers still worked, the stock market didn’t crash, and Americans still loved their SUVs. To celebrate humanity’s good fortune, the good folks at Ford unveiled a new, budget-friendly SUV. The first generation Ford Escape was quite a bit smaller than an Explorer, and featured thrifty 4-cyl or V6 powerplants. The second generation Escape was born in 2008, and used the same compact recipe, with more upright, Tonka truck styling. Both generations offered the 4-speed automatic Ford CD4E transmission as an option, and it worked well in most situations. But time and mileage can take their toll, resulting in several common Ford Escape transmission problems. So let’s take a look and see what you can do about them.


Common Ford Escape CD4E Transmission Problems


Hard Shifts and/or No Gear Engagement

If your truck seems to be ‘slamming’ into gear, or it won’t go into gear at all, then you may be experiencing one of the most common Ford Escape transmission problems. The issue stems from a faulty pressure regulator valve that’s located inside the valve body. As this critical component starts to fail, the Escape’s computer will increase the line pressure, causing the harsh shifts. After a while, hard parts like the clutch drums can become severely damaged, resulting in no forward/reverse gear engagement. To extend the life of each remanufactured CD4E transmission, Street Smart Transmission installs a modified PR valve, a PR recalibration kit, upgraded servos, and updated bushings to improve fluid pressure control.


Delayed Shifts or Failure to Shift

Another common Ford Escape transmission problem is a noticeably delayed gear change, or the transmission may refuse to shift gears altogether. This condition is usually caused by a broken solenoid, which is a little plunger-like device that directs fluid flow inside the valve body to change gears. To eliminate this problem, every remanufactured Ford Escape transmission gets new CD4E solenoids which are tested before they’re installed. The entire transmission is then hot & cold dyno tested prior to shipment, ensuring that all of the solenoids function properly.


Slipping Between Gears and/or Shuddering

Many Ford Escape owners may experience a shudder/shake at low speeds, no overdrive, or slipping between gears. These problems are caused by a faulty CD4E torque converter. For this reason, each remanufactured CD4E transmission comes with a remanufactured torque converter, that gets upgraded bushings and is fully tested to ensure balance and concentricity.

How to Solve Ford Escape CD4E Transmission Problems


Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Escape CD4E Transmission

The most inexpensive way to get your Ford Escape back on the road is to go to a junkyard and buy a used CD4E transmission. But the problem is that used Ford Escape transmission may have the exact same problems that you’re trying to fix. Plus the 30-day warranty that you get from the salvage yard, only covers a replacement transmission. Not the labor charges to install it.


Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Escape CD4E Transmission

A better solution would be get a rebuilt Ford Escape transmission. Many times, you can get a mechanic or transmission shop to rebuild your existing gearbox. However, if there’s damage to any of the hard parts (clutching drums etc.), you’re going to be paying more to replace those components. Plus, that rebuilt transmission warranty may only be honored by a small number of shops, in a specific geographic location.


Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Escape CD4E Transmission

If you plan to keep your truck for a while, then you want a transmission that will be completely reliable. To achieve this, you’ll need to get a remanufactured Ford Escape CD4E transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one gets upgraded to compensate for the factory design flaws. Then it’s fully hot and cold tested on a dyno machine to make sure it works the way it should. After the functionality has been verified, each customer is issued a  3-year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty (18-months/100,000 miles for commercial and heavy duty applications) that can be transferred to a new owner if they decide to sell. It covers the total cost (parts & labor) of any transmission repairs that you might need, and it’s good at any licensed repair shop in the country.


So to get the most mileage for your money, give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or click here to check on the price and availability of a remanufactured Ford Escape CD4E transmission.