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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by newblade, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    Does anyone use a ford f150 with the 4.2 liter to pull anything? I was wondering if they use the same transmissions as the trucks with the bigger engines?

  2. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    I just bought three F-150s (98, 00 & 01) for my crews. All automatic. All are V6 and I think the V6 only comes in one size...I guess it's 4.2 liter.

    Man oh man does that thing tow a trailer. For the last two years I've been using my Nissan 3.3L V6 to tow my trailer. But when I get in the F-150 with the trailer, I don't even realize I'm towing. It's amazing.

    I had to put a new Japser tranny in the 2000. So far, it's been great. Very pleased with the Jasper and their warranty.

    All my trailers are single axle 6X10's.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  3. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 749

    What year fords are you talking about?
  4. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I use a 1994 F-150 with a 300 6 cyclinder, automatic. It's been a great truck and pulls just fine. 180.000 miles and still going strong.
  5. ince8728

    ince8728 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    96 F150 116,000 miles & goin strong.4.9 Litre straight 6, 5 spd manual trans. Tow a 6.5x10 trailer w/walker, 36" belt, 21" & other handheld stuff. No probs. i can feel the extra drag but no probs pullen it.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    2002 F-150 tows 6-6.5k and never had any trouble with the truck except brakes. the tranny and engine are over loaded daily and still never had any problems with either.
    The truck has a little over 60k miles on it.

  7. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    DFW you were probably told that the Jasper comes with a 3 year 75,000 mile warranty.
    You might want to check into that warranty though because as of a little over a year ago Jasper only had 2 year 24,000 mile warranties on commercial vehicles.

    Just something to check into before you buy another Jasper trans. One other note is that Ford Reman transmissions come with a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty wether it is commercial or not.
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    My dad has a 2001 F-150 with a 4.2 V6. I've used it a couple times to pull my trailer and I think it handles it almost as well as the 351 V8 in my F-250. I've also seen coulpe guys get nearly 200,000 on those 4.2 V6s with very few problems.
  9. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    I am looking at a 99 ford with the 4.2 liter auto transmission. I pull a 16 foot trailer with two 60 inch exmark zero turn mowers, one push mower and one weedeater. I was worried about the transmission and wondering if it was the same as the trucks with bigger motors.
  10. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    If you are looking at a 99 then you need to have the timing cover gasket checked, if not you will have problems down the road, as the 97-01 4.2's had problems with that gasket causing coolant to get in the oil and burn up the engine. It is however, covered by a recall from Ford, if you have one that is in the year range they list, they will replace the gasket, on them.

    I used a '98 F-150 4.2 auto this past summer while I was having my truck serviced, and that truck pulled my 5x8 pretty good, but it knew when it was pulling a hill. I had one rider in the bed and 2 riders on the trailer, and if you don't have the heavy springs in the back, you'll be dragging pavement. The one rider in the bed made the truck squat somewhat. Add-a-leafs are a good idea for 4.2L F-150's to beef up their payload. It got pretty good mileage though, I saw about 20mpg empty with the 4.2 loaner.

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