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Difference Between 2WD & 4WD ZF S5-42 Transmission?

May 4, 2015 - Author: CourtneyN

I have a 1990 FORD F-350 CUSTOM V8 5.8L 460-CID FI N H 4 Wheel Drive | S5-42 Trans (Standard 5 Speed)

Question: What’s the difference between 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 models of the ZF S5–42 transmission?

Answer: The 4 wheel drive of the ZF S5-42 transmission has an open style tail housing allowing the companion of the transfer case.  The 2WD  ZF S5-42 transmission has a bolt on yoke in the rear only allowing the rear drive line to be bolted on. This  is why it is crucial to identify your correct transmission and vehicle information. If you have any trouble identifying your transmission our experts can help call 1-888-824-2012 or visit our website


Ford ZF S542 Manual 5 Speed Transmission Parts

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Ford ZFS542 Ratio Change

December 30, 2014 - Author: bartbarton

I have a Ford ZFS5-42   2 wheel drive manual transmission, MTFRD040_V1_20101020 transmission came out of a 1995     f350 Ford with a 7.3 diesel.

Question:  This transmission has the close ratio can it be changed to wide ratio.

Answer:  Below are is what is needed to change the trans over.. at the bottom there is a rebuild kit with and without syncro rings all depends on what is needed

The following parts are required to make the change of close ratio to wide ratio in the Ford ZFS542. The last two items are rebuild kits one with syncros and one without that you can choose from.

  • 2nd Gear (37 T) part  number TRS359582A your cost is $109.87
  • 3rd Gear (SOT) part number TRS359583 your cost is $58.17
  • Input Shaft (27 T) (9 1/2″) part number TRS359670 your cost is $113.33
  • 5th Gear Main Shaft (26 T) part number TRS359585-2 your cost is $74.67
  • Counter Shaft COMPLETE CLUSTER  (21 T / 14 T) part number TRS359676 your cost $212.92

Bearing Rebuild Kit w/o Synchro Rings S5-42(87-95) part number MTF300ZF your cost $134.98 or

Bearing Rebuild Kit with Synchro Rings S5-42(87-95) part number TRSBK300ZFWS your cost $385.41 plus freight.

Give Scott a call toll free 888-824-2012 he can help you.

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1988 F450 need Transmission

November 4, 2014 - Author: bartbarton

I have a Ford F450 1988

Question:  I need a ZF542

Answer:   We can provide a rebuilt transmission that is dyno tested for your application. Order our part number MtFRD043, for 460 Gas 4WD as this is a F450 therefore will use the 4WD transmission because it has a brake assembly one the rear of the transmission. Your cost is $1366.67 plus a core deposit of $500.00 plus freight. This transmission has a one year warranty.

If you would like more information give Scott a call toll free 888-824-2012 he cMTFRD040_V1_20101020an help you.

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1989 Ford F250 need rebuilt manual transmission

June 9, 2014 - Author: bartbarton

I have a 1989 Ford F250 7.3L Diesel Pickup

Question:  info on trans tag; zf MTFRD040_V1_20101020ford, model s5-42, 2f parts list; wo.1307050031, ford part #; e8ta-7003-ala; trans s/n 1051140, total ratio, 4.14-0.77 Do U need any info to determine if U have one rebuilt ready to ship? Please confirm price, ship costs. I have old core ready to ship to U, what is process?

Answer:  The correct part number for a replacement rebuilt ZF S542 transmission for your 1989 4WD 7.3lt Ford F250 diesel is MTFRD041.

Your cost is $1366.68 plus about $270.00 round trip freight (commercial address). We would be happy to rebuild your existing core.The case on the core need to be in good shape, not to worry about internal parts. The rebuilt transmission will have a 12 month warranty.

Please give Scott a call at 888-824-2012 he can help you and arrange to have your core picked up and any additional question you might have.  You can see the other parts we can supply for Ford ZF S542 transmission on our site.


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Shifting Problem Ford F250 1990

May 9, 2014 - Author: bartbarton

I have a Ford diesel F250 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive.

Question:  Comments/Questions:  I have an issue with my tranny going into reverse. I have to roll back or roll forward in order to get it into gear. It grinds with the clutch completely depressed. It also makes a grinding noise in neutral with the clutch out. Would you be able to give me some insight and a possible parts list/ quote on how much parts would cost for this type of repair?

Answer:  According to our information your transmission is the ZF S542. The problem you describe is a common problem with this transmission.


5th Reverse Update Kit for Ford ZF S542

5th Gear Reverse Problem ZF S5-42

Transmission is not shifting correctly in 5th or reverse gear; this is a common problem with this transmission with higher mileage.  Our recommended fix is installation of our 5th Gear Reverse Gear Shifting Repair Kit.  This kit is designed to fix reverse shifting problems, kit includes Reverse Gear, 1307-204-297, 5th Rev Slider 1307-304-175, Rev Ring 1307-304-175 and 5th Ring 1207-304-268 you may need other parts upon inspection, call and talk to the expert at 888-824-2012.

You will need the following parts for the repair:

  • Bearing kit order part number MTF300ZF your cost $134.98
  • RK1307R Syncro Ring kit your cost is $197.48
  • 5th reverse upgrade kit your cost $249.95 it includes Rev gear & Rev syncro assy.

S&H will be added, if you need additional technical help call Scott @ 888-824-2012.  You can see the other parts we offer for the Ford 5 speed ZF542 on our site.

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Broken Tail Housing Ford 1996 ZF542 or ZF547

February 1, 2014 - Author: bartbarton

I have a F-350 1996 7.5L Manual 1 Ton 4 Wheel Drive


The rear 4×4 case housing is cracked. what concerns or issues might I run into by leaving the transmission in the truck and remove the drive shafts and t-case only. By looking online the problems I see would be lining up the shifting forks in there proper locations. Money is tight and I rather do it myself than have a shop charge me more in labor than the actual part.


Removing the rear driveshaft is not recommended, only in an emergency to get home, not as a daily driver.

This is a ZF transmission it could be a ZF542 (casting number 1307) or a ZF547 (casting number 1317) 5 speed and all internal parts are loaded into the tail housing so the tail housing cannot be removed with the transmission in the vehicle as the front case needs to be removed to access the gear train and then the gear train can be removed from the extension housing.

We understand tight money, we only have new extension housing (no used housings available), your cost on the new housing is  $299.00 and if you order it the factory technical rep walk you through changing it once you have the transmission out and on the bench

You will also need front and rear seal and 3 detent caps (minimum parts for this repair) are the only other parts you will need and that will be an additional $10 plus freight.

Once the transmission is out and on the bench you will need the following tools.
13mm socket
5mm Allen socket
6mm Allen socket
Screwdriver seal driver or something “socket” to install seals

If you would like to discuss this project in more detail give Scott a call  888-824-2012 he can help you.

You can see the other Ford ZF542 parts that we offer on our site.

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