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efaubert1
02-15-2006, 02:06 PM
Ok, time for all the Ford bashers to have their fun. My Ford Super Duty tranny took a dump on me this week. Man, it must be a piece of junk. I mean it only lasted 6 1/2 years pulling an average weight of around 10,000 pounds a minmum of 35 3 day weekends out of the year for 126,000 miles. Not to mention hauling various tractors, Bobcats, backhoes, hay, grain bins, and anything else that needed hauled on it's off days.Busted a forward drive piston, overpressured and broke a sprag according to the guys at the tranny shop. Guess I'msporty till Thursday.

lawn masters 2006
02-15-2006, 02:23 PM
us flag thats why i own a chevy.....lmao...:cool2:

lawnmaniac883
02-15-2006, 03:29 PM
Auto tranny? 126,000 isnt bad out of a stock tranny.

Smalltimer1
02-15-2006, 03:44 PM
us flag thats why i own a chevy.....lmao...:cool2:

We've got a Chubby at the farm that's had 5 in 130k.:gunsfirin gmc

grass_cuttin_fool
02-15-2006, 03:53 PM
Im just curious, how often did you service the filter and fluid?

wayne

tcls83
02-15-2006, 04:35 PM
Auto tranny? 126,000 isnt bad out of a stock tranny.

...I agree

Jason Rose
02-15-2006, 05:29 PM
Yep, what a POS. lol! All towing considered that's pretty good mileage on a tranny. It's just the luck of the draw anymore. there could be 3 Fords all the same, all hauled the same loads all serviced the same and one may end up lasting 50K, one 125K and the last 200K. The reason? who knows???
The same goes for any maker really Chevy, Ford, Dodge... Every single mechanical part that comes off an assembly line is going to have a weakness somewhere due to slight imperfections in how certian parts were made or assembled.

That's exactly the reason you can't base a decision to buy or not to buy a certian brand of vehicle on a couple bad experiences of others. Also why you can't buy too much into all the tales of additives in the oil and such making the ____ last longer... How do you know it wouldn't have lasted longer without the additive? Just because your neghibor's shot crapps in half the time dosn't mean a thing, it could have had something wrong internally from day one.

efaubert1
02-17-2006, 01:49 PM
In answer to above questions. Yes it's an automatic. Service the tranny? Whats that? No, really, replace filter and fluid every 35k.

Jpocket
02-17-2006, 02:11 PM
IM a Chevy man, but I don't think what you stated is unreasonable.
126,000 miles 90% of them towing Heavy loads. I'd say you got a reasonable service life out of it. Im surprised it lasted that long, towing 10,000lbs loads.

mmacsek
02-17-2006, 08:37 PM
10,000 lbs is alot of weight to tow. I have a 162000 miles on mine, E4OD. I hope I'm not jinxing it by posting this. I tow and haul with that truck and it impresses me. From what I read I feel lucky. Funny thing is the TH400 and C6 did this without the problems of the electronic tranny's of today. Matt

Jpocket
02-17-2006, 10:58 PM
10,000 lbs is alot of weight to tow. I have a 162000 miles on mine, E4OD. I hope I'm not jinxing it by posting this. I tow and haul with that truck and it impresses me. From what I read I feel lucky. Funny thing is the TH400 and C6 did this without the problems of the electronic tranny's of today. Matt

YUP you can beat a turbo-400 Forever and they just keep pulling. I had a 76' Chevy dully, and it only had one trans replacement since new. ( I bought it off the original owner who pulled a camper).

mmacsek
02-18-2006, 08:43 AM
YUP you can beat a turbo-400 Forever and they just keep pulling. I had a 76' Chevy dully, and it only had one trans replacement since new. ( I bought it off the original owner who pulled a camper).
The norm for maint. back then,70's and 80's, was drop the pan and change the filter and fluid. Now we flush the entire system. I'm not saying this is a bad thing. Trucks didn't come thru with external coolers on them either. I guess it sounds like whining but it's not meant to be. We call this progress with these electronic tranny's but.... One last thing, 73 to 87 Chevy's are classic design's for trucks, just getting harder to find in half decent shape. Have a good one. Matt

Dirty Water
02-18-2006, 01:09 PM
Thats funny, our E40D crapped out right before 130k too I think.

randy448
02-19-2006, 10:28 AM
my local tranny guy ,who I highly respect, will never put one back together without putting an extra cooler on the thing. He also says to eliminate the radiator cooler and just use external cooler on severe uses like goosenecks with horses or cattle or other 5 ton plus loads.

bushvelt
02-23-2006, 04:22 PM
Gotta have the tranny cooler & service the darn things. After that it's just quality of the parts in that build lot & if was built on a friday ( yahoo it's the weekend @ the auto plant)!!!!

captken
02-23-2006, 07:36 PM
My Ford Super Duty tranny took a dump on me this week. Guess I'msporty till Thursday.

Did the shop do the tranny upgrades?

Jason Rose
02-23-2006, 08:15 PM
One thing I was told about tranny coolers is if yours is IN the radiator get it unhooked and get an external one installed ASAP. I know many years of fords were that way, not sure about other makes. I think now they are all external.

Reason being is that if your engine gets hot, say sitting idle with the a/c on, it COOKS the transmission fluid because the coolant heats it up instead of cooling it!