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Old 12-22-2011, 07:19 PM
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trans died today, now what?

This morning under normal driving conditions my truck got stuck in 3rd gear, after a few seconds I had no power, as if it was in neutral. tow/haul was flashing and shortly after the check engine light came on. Also there was a whinning noise. I got it towed to the local transmission shop and they said that the trannie was in bad shape, alot of metal and broken pieces and that I was either going to need to buy a new one or once they dig further into it there is a possibility they can rebuild it. He mentioned he can rebuild it with heavier duty components so that its much stronger than the oem trans. I was quoted 4k for a oem installed, that comes with a nice warranty. I was quoted $2900 installed for his "upgraded" rebuild but the warranty isnt nearly as good. And he doesnt even know if its going to be possible yet. I dont want a factory rebuild with a cheap shift kit and a cool looking pan for $2900 haha, I'm hoping it will be alot stonger but I'm not an expert on this and dont know what to expect for that price.

I dont know if i should be looking online for an aftermrket trans since I'd like to upgrade since the opportunity is here. Or use his upgraded rebuild. I guess I going to have to find out what all his consists of vs. other trannies.

I've never had to purchase a trans so I'm just looking for some advice or questions to ask him.

The truck tows a dump trailer daily and has 161k. Its idp tuned with a special "best shift ever" feature and always left on full race. Besides a small flare when shifting once in a while the trans has never given me a problem.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:51 AM
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I'd either get a rebuilt from ford or a performance trans from a known expert.. ..We have BTS trans..PM if I can help
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:03 PM
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The trans place called and said it could not be rebuilt due to the excessive amount of metal/aluminum inside. I saw it today and there was quite a bit.

I called up suncoast and ordered a new 5r110. I didnt have time to mess around.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:17 PM
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Beside the occasional shift flares you had no other signs? Out of the blue it went south?
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:49 PM
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No other warning signs. I slacked on the fluid changes but it was checked often and was always clear and never smelled burnt. The truck always pulled hard and the shifting was perfect. It was amazing how going up a grade or long hill with a heavy load the trans would grab another gear and stay planted at lows rpm's while still maintaining speed.

About two weeks ago I did pull an extremely heavy load without letting the truck warm up as much as I should have because it was an emergency. Maybe that weakened something... Who knows
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mine just went out the other day as well. and it didnt have any warnings either. i was acclerating under normal conditions an in 3rd to 4th, it slammed into either first or second and all of a sudden BANG! and then i rolled to a stop. my tow haul light was flashing and that was it. i had no warning at all, and now am stuck as well. i have the option to do a 2900$ reman tranny, plus install costs, and 3 year 100,000 miles warranty, or i can get an aftermarket from suncoast or others, but that one was 3500 i believe if i remember right. but i have no idea what kind of warranty they have either. i know the suncoast is upgraded but is it worth it to do it?
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:46 PM
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@jwsisland all I can say is, DONT, WHATEVER YOU DO have someone like that rebuild your tranny, have a reputable shop do it such as ATS, Elite, Empire, Suncoast etc and get it done right the first time. We tried that "shade tree" tranny crap. Didnt even make it long enought for warranty to run out 14,000mi and then they wouldnt cover it they told me that "He's a young kid and I bet with seeing whats been done to this truck he has been beating hell out of it, so I cant justify covering something that probably has been beaten on badly." that was after 3,852mi of driving.......Moral is, You get what you pay for.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:11 PM
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Just put this up 1/18/12

Suncoast trans review
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