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Tranny done?

So my neighbor had his trans flushed by the local ford dealer about 2 weeks ago. He pulled his camper about 2 hrs away and on the way back his buddy that was following him called and said his truck was getting covered in something. He pulls over and he's leaking trans fluid pretty bad. He was almost home at this point so he went a head and drove home where we checked the fluid level and there is none on the dip stick. Now it could be just below and not bad or it could be totally gone we aren't sure. He's having it towed back to the dealer in the morning. Since I understand an auto trans about as much as I understand women I just wanna get an idea where you think his tyranny stands. Is it probably ok? Trashed? I just don't want the dealer to top it back off and send him on his marry way only to totally give out 500 miles later. I have no doubt that the dealer did something to cause this, truck has 50,000 miles and its the first flush, and the first time it's really been driven since the flush. Thanks.


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Answered on another forum....flushing....not recommended .
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Answered on another forum....flushing....not recommended .
Why is flushing not recommended? I am getting ready to do a flush, but maybe not now.

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In some transmissions the initial break-in period develops debris of clutch packs that deposit in the transmission pan. these deposits tend to stay in place especially as detergent wears out in the fluid and gradually can't hold as much debris in suspension. When you do a flush these deposits are stirred up and the new fluid can pick them up. Then it sends them all through the transmission including into the clutch packs. This affects the ability of the clutch packs to hold a load causing them to slip and burn up.

The best way to do a fluid change is to drop the pan and clean all the debris out before adding new fluid. Then change your filter. When the new fluid is added there is nothing in the pan to pick up and ruin the clutches.

These deposits are present in the trans cooler as well although typically not in as great a concentration.

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I'm new to diesel, having just bought a powerstroke last week, but am relatively competent at drivetrain repair and thought I would jump in with a comment. In my experience, dealers and oil service shops tend to over fill the transmissions. What happens when you put load on a transmission with too much fluid is that it will leak out of a vent tube that is located in the top of the housing behind the torque converter. The fluid will then spill all down the bottom of your drive train and make a serious mess. I have had it happen to me and it is pretty scary to jump out of your truck and see quarts and quarts of fluid dumping out. In my experience is that it looks more than it really is. I hope that the above is correct and that when the fluid is at a correct level (assuming that is was overfilled) it will continue to function just fine. In my experience I have never had a trans flush, so I can't speak to that. Hope that helps.
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