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Old 02-09-2014, 04:00 PM
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1996 f350 e40D tranny keeps failing

I will try to make this post as short as I can. I have a 1996 f350 7.3. In November I brought it in to get the tranny rebuilt. They gave me an estimate of $3600. I thought it was a little high, but I went with it because I have had trannys in 2 other trucks built by them and they seemed to hold up nice. I told them I would be using this truck mainly for towing and plowing. Well, 3 hours after I picked it up from them, it was back in for a full rebuild (they warrantied it, but it seemed as if they were accusing me of extreme abuse). After I picked it up with the second rebuild, I drove it on and off for a little over a month. It had about 350 miles on it and at most 6 hours of plowing........ Back in the shop for a full rebuild, but this time they want me to cover all parts and put in a new radiator. They are saying the radiator isn't flowing proper to the tranny. I asked if they did a test for the coolant flow and they said they did and it tested fine......but gunk got stirred up and clogged it. It was not drove hard at all and even plowing was fairly easy on it.......straight road, not much forward and reverse.

I am just trying to gather opinions on this. What could be causing it and am I at any fault? They want another $2200. This came with a 12 month warranty and it makes me sick to have to drop that much back into it.

They tried blaming it on having block in the back of the truck while plowing. The weight total is about 2400 lbs. My argument was that my 1995 has a dump box on it that weighs more empty than the block itself. They backed off that one then blamed the radiator.
The first time I got it back it was hard to shift(on the column, not the actual shifting) It was very stiff and it seemed to slowly go into neutral while driving.....a light tap on the shifter knocked it back into drive. It also did this the second time I picked it up. I made them aware of it, but they didn't seem too concerned. It wasnt like that before I brought it to them.

The torque converter got so hot that the paint melted/peeled off. \they said they have never seen anything like it.....it looked like it was in a fire.

Any help with what the problem could be and opinions if i am at fault or not would be great!
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:34 PM
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I would think that if they did the work on the truck the first time the tranny cooler in the radiator should have been at the very least checked, flushed, and had an inline filter installed (many places will just flat out replace the radiator due to the built-in cooler and the other air-to-fluid cooler as well since it is hard to get the failed trans particles out). Cheers!
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