ZBAG can replace or repair your Ford truck's manual transmission.

Ford trucks have one of the highest sales, reliability, and customer ownership records in the industry. The marketing slogan says it all: Built Ford Tough. From the engine to the differentials, it’s all about getting raw power of the engine to the drive wheels, and that transfer of power happens in the manual transmission.

As tough as Ford truck manual transmissions are, in heavy work environments, they take a lot of abuse. To keep your Ford truck in peak performance, there are some things to watch for to make sure your manual transmission will always deliver the power you need, when you need it. Start by trusting your senses. Believe it or not, your senses can tell you if there may be a problem with your Ford truck’s transmission. What you hear, see, smell, and feel can tell you if something has changed or is unusual.

Listen: What you hear can be a valuable warning system telling you something is wrong. More accurately, what you hear that’s different will alert you to trouble. Are you noticing a hum, whine, or grinding when you shift that wasn't there before? It may be a sign that your manual transmission needs attention. It could be as simple as low fluid or it could be an indication of a more serious issue, like worn or chipped gears.

Look: The most obvious sign there could be a problem is a fluid leak. Are you noticing a wet spot where you parked? During maintenance, is the fluid low or running along the outside of the transmission?  Ignoring even small leaks can result in serious problems down the road.

Smell: Your sense of smell is pretty remarkable. Humans can distinguish between 10,000 different smells from the most delicate flower to things not so delicate, like a skunk. Somewhere within that range is burnt transmission fluid. When your Ford’s manual transmission has been under an especially heavy workload, pay attention to what you smell. The smell of burnt or scorched transmission fluid may be subtle, but if you notice something that just doesn't smell quite right, don’t neglect it. Check it out before it becomes something serious that ends up costing you down-time and a lot of money.

Feel: Be aware of how things feel. Does your Ford’s manual transmission shift harder or differently? Have you noticed a bit more vibration on the stick when you’re working your way through the gears? Maybe it feels a little sluggish when you accelerate or put the truck under a heavy load. Your sense of touch can tell you quite a bit.

Taking care of your Ford’s manual transmission starts with something as simple as paying attention to your senses and noticing if they’re telling you something has changed. Today’s manual transmissions are tough and reliable and may seem like they will last forever. However, as good as they are, they aren't fail-proof. They do occasionally need to be repaired or replaced.

When you find yourself with a failed transmission on your hands, you want your transmission replaced or repaired with parts you know will be as reliable as when your Ford’s transmission was fresh from the factory. Zumbrota Bearing and Gear has been providing nationwide transmission service and repair from our facility in Zumbrota, MN for over 30 years. Many of our staff have more than 20 years of experience in the industry and our remanufacturing technicians are some of the best in the business.

When you need your Ford’s manual transmission replaced, rebuilt or repaired, contact ZBAG. Our work is dependable and will go the distance.