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Old 06-16-2011, 06:31 AM
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Did I just buy a money pit?

Picked up a 1995 F250 7.3 last night. Test drove it and it shifted fine, perfect actually. Drove it home, up on the highway with a plow on it for 30 minutes. Got off the highway and climbed a large hill, the truck stayed in low gear a very long time, then slammed in 2nd. At this point the OD light was flashing and the truck shifting very hard (limp mode). Spoke to the owner who claims this has happens a few times a year (for a few years now) mainly when towing, but sometimes not. He has been able to clear it but cycling the key a few times. I got home, let it sit for an hour, and then drove it around (hard) and it was totally fine. So google says my tranny may be a goner, but I am not sure for a few reasons. 1) this has been happening for thousands of miles, 2) it doesn't happen all the time, 3) atf is clean pretty red, the smell is so so

If I buy a scanner can I read the past code or does it need to happening right there and then?

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Old 06-16-2011, 04:52 PM
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Is the speedometer operation smooth when this happens?
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:08 PM
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has he changed the fluid in it with the filter?
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:34 PM
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He claims to have dropped the pan and changed the filter every 30k. Unfortunately I did not notice the speedometer behavior while this was occurring. However, I did take the truck out tonight (without plow), got it good and hot up on the highway for 10 minutes, then climbed a few steep hills...no problems what so ever...it pulled like no tomorrow! What to think?
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:36 PM
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Sounds like a sensor problem. VSS on the rear axle maybe.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:44 PM
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Maybe the fluid got hot. You were driving with a plow on the front correct. Definatly need a scanner though.
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Old 07-17-2011, 07:10 AM
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Did you just buy a money pit? Dude, you bought a diesel-powered machine. Of COURSE you bought a money pit

It's just a downside of owning a diesel, yes in many ways they are more expensive to maintain than their gasoline-powered counterparts, but long-term longevity wins out.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:29 PM
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Did you find out what is going on? I am having same issue.
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