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Dirty Water
10-17-2005, 08:56 PM
We have a '96 F-250 with the 5.8 (Automatic), today, while towing our 410 up a steep grade, the transmission either blew a hole in the case, or blew a seal, because its pouring fluid out from between the bellhousing and the engine.

Needless to say, I'm not impressed. The fluid hit the exhaust crosspipe and ignited into a nice fireball. If I didn't have a extinguisher on board, I probably would have lost the truck.

What do guys think? Ford transmissions seem to suck :(

efaubert1
10-17-2005, 09:49 PM
Lets see, a 1996 F250 with well over 100K on it I'd imagine? When was the last time YOU had the seals replaced, filter changed, fluid flushed, bands adjusted, added tranny fluid? Until you answer those questions we can't really say the tranny sucks. Personally I have a 99 PSD with 120K plus, no problems and I tow 10-14K regularly. Had a 1997 PSD with over 180K and it never had a problem. Then there was the 2003 F250 Super Duty w/5.4 my wife just had to have, and the tranny blew apart at 38664 miles, conveniently out of warranty by 3K roughly. Seen a dozen dodge autos in 97 and up go to crap and a couple of Allisons in Chevys, so my opinion is they ALL make some sucky trannys.

Dirty Water
10-18-2005, 12:48 AM
Lets see, a 1996 F250 with well over 100K on it I'd imagine? When was the last time YOU had the seals replaced, filter changed, fluid flushed, bands adjusted, added tranny fluid? Until you answer those questions we can't really say the tranny sucks. Personally I have a 99 PSD with 120K plus, no problems and I tow 10-14K regularly. Had a 1997 PSD with over 180K and it never had a problem. Then there was the 2003 F250 Super Duty w/5.4 my wife just had to have, and the tranny blew apart at 38664 miles, conveniently out of warranty by 3K roughly. Seen a dozen dodge autos in 97 and up go to crap and a couple of Allisons in Chevys, so my opinion is they ALL make some sucky trannys.


It has 90k on it. Its been regularly maintained from since we purchased it. I don't usually replace seals on a transmission until they fail or if I'm working in the general area, but if your willing to waste money on frivolous preventative maintenance go for it :)

olderthandirt
10-18-2005, 12:58 AM
frivolous preventative maintenance

kinda of a contradiction of terms :dizzy: :D

Dirty Water
10-18-2005, 01:00 AM
kinda of a contradiction of terms :dizzy: :D

I know, I was joking. I don't consider replacing a transmission seal prevantive maintenance.

PLM-1
10-18-2005, 01:17 AM
A buddy of mine has a 93 F250 with the 351. His pukes its fluid out a few times a year while/after towing. It just blows out and nobody can ever find what is wrong with it. He just fills it up and he's good! BTW, it has 198k miles on it.

Smalltimer1
10-18-2005, 01:21 AM
What gearing is in the rear end?? What speed were you travelling up this steep grade? Also what do you think the tranny fluid temps were?? It sounds like the fluid got overheated and cooked the insides. E40D's do not like tranny temps over 210-220 degrees. I know a guy who had the same thing happen to his '97 F-250 PSD and he replaced the gaskets in the transmission and then put it back in and it hasn't given him anymore trouble since.

If you feel you must replace the transmission or its deemed necessary, go with a BTS (Brian's Truck Shop) unit as he has researched the E40D/4R100's downfalls and builds these to handle 1000+ ft.lbs. of torque from V-10's and PSD's. He could probably do one for yours as well.