f350 tranny trouble

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by terryswafford, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. terryswafford

    terryswafford LawnSite Member
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    I just bought a 2000 f350 auto 4x4 with 52000 miles. The other day I had to pull my 16ft trailer up a long steep drive. I pulled the auto tranny down in 1 and it would not pull up the hill. I put it back in drive and it had plenty of power. It would even spin the tires. Today I took it to the transmission shop and they checked it out and said it was fine. He said that the fords did that.Also when I am driving at a very slow speed I can downshift to 2nd and the rpms go up. Then I shift to 1st and nothing happens. I told the mechanic this and he still says nothing is wrong. This is my first f350 so I don't know if it is normal or not. I was hoping tha someone was familiar with this and would give me some insight. Does this sound normal?????


    Thanks

    Terry Swafford
     
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Something sounds kinda weird. Those 4R100 trannys are ok but not the best for towing long term. go to www.fordtrucks.com/forums and ask in there. You should definitly get some help over there!! Good Luck.
     
  3. jefftb

    jefftb LawnSite Senior Member
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    You're better off to just put in "D" and let the tranny do the thinking for you.
    I made this mistake once except I thought I had put it in 1st and it was actually 2nd. I got to the top of a very small hill and it was hot. I looked down and discovered my mistake.

    The collective over at FTE (ford-trucks.com) all said put it in drive and let the transmission decide what to do. I've followed that advice and never had a problem pulling a heavy load up steep inclines.

    BTW-my truck is 2003 F350 CC LWB 4wd diesel with 4r100.
     
  4. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    You need to only leave it in drive. Dont shift it.
     
  5. terryswafford

    terryswafford LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    thanks to all
     

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