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04 F250 struggling to pull trailer from dead stop.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CTmower, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. CTmower

    CTmower LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 324

    Got a 04 Ford F250 5.4L
    Never had a problem pulling my 20' enclosed trailer until yesterday.
    Was at a stop sign and went to take off and almost felt like I had the e brake on. Had to give it a lot of gas just to get moving. Once the truck starts pulling and and gets out of 1st its fine but the initial start it struggles. Thought it could possibly be my trailer brakes sticking so I disconnected my trailer and took her for a drive. Seem to take off fine without the trailer hooked up but was shifting into other gears extremely hard to the point where I was feeling a knock. Checked the fluid level and couldn't tell for the life of me where it was reading on the stick so I poured 3/4 of a bottle in and I was able to see it filled close to the max line.
    Any ideas or suggestions?
    Hoping its not a sign that my tranny is going. Truck is a 04 with 48k
  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    So was the trams fluid low?
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Drop it into 2nd gear and see if it still does it. Tranny could be going.
  4. CTmower

    CTmower LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 324

    Took the truck out yesterday morning to go pick up some tranny fluid and it seemed to be shifting fine again. Filled it up with tranny fluid once I got home and shifted it through the gears. Couldn't tell for the life of me if it was low on fluid or not but I definitely see that I filled it up to the max line now. Praying to GODDDDDDD she runs fine tomorrow morning when I hook up the trailer.
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    *NEVER* SHIFT an Automatic Transmission!

    Do NOT drive the truck except to take it straight to a transmission shop!!

    1. Truck automatic transmissions need their filter and fluid changed every (Pro 20 thousand, DIY 10 thousand) miles.
    Fail to do this and you are asking for trouble.
    I would take your truck to a transmission place and have them service it.

    2. ALWAYS check automatic transmission fluid CAREFULLY with the truck on LEVEL ground and the transmission lever in NEUTRAL!!!
    Be VERY CAREFUL your truck doesn't roll away from you!!!
    Failure to check the fluid exactly as described can result in an incorrect level reading.

    *NEVER* SHIFT an Automatic Transmission!

    Do NOT drive the truck except to take it straight to a transmission shop!!

    3. It sounds like it could be shifter bushings or some such thing, again take it to a transmission place and have them take a look at it, chances are fairly decent it is something simple that for a few hundred dollars ...

    4. If you don't get it taken care of now in the early stages, you might and likely will be looking at a repair bill in the thousands of dollars.

    *NEVER* SHIFT an Automatic Transmission!

    Do NOT drive the truck except to take it straight to a transmission shop!!
  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    2500 for a rebuilt tranny, been there done that, its not as bad as everyone makes it out too seem, and fords you don't check in neutral thats a dodge thing.
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,506

    Where do you come up with some of the things you post? 20k mile flushes? Shifter bushings?

    You're severely misinformed
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  8. CTmower

    CTmower LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 324

    Well knock on wood, but I guess I was just low on tranny fluid. Put a full bottle in the other day and hooked up my trailer this morning. Pulling is back to normal with no slippage in the gears. I know my truck has a small pin hole leak somewhere in the system that ever so slowly leaks tranny fluid. Hoping she drives fine the rest of the day and that the tranny is fine.
  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    Herler most mechanics recommend not to flush the transmission because the stirred up sediment can caused a failed tranny. I blew up a car tranny less than a month after I had it flushed. Put the differential gears through the case.
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  10. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    you should flush the transmission at regular intervals. the issues with sediment arise when people don't perform the maintenance and it all gets built up, then flush it. trans fluid is very detergent and new fluid will clean all that stuff out, and by that point thats whats holding it together. the question is, if you were low, where is the trans fluid going?

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