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Howdy. I've got a 97 Super Duty with the 7.3 and an auto trans and approx 175,000 miles. It is converted to a chip dump truck for my tree service. It pulls around a heavy duty chipper and is often filled with loads of wood chips. It really seems low on power, has a real hard time getting going if you start from a stop on an inclined driveway, shimmies in drive while stopped. Do I have an issue with my torque converter, or something related to the tranny? Should I upgrade the tranny? To what?
It doesn't slip out gear or make strange noises. Maybe it's engine related? If I take it to a shop with a dyno, can that answer any questions?
I used to have a 96 GMC 6.5 diesel with an allison automatic and that thing was a champ. Quick off the line and pulled until the cows came home. Unfortunately, it had wiring problems and kept catching on fire. Hence, I am now a Powerstroke owner.