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97 7.3 L f250 SD with automatic should I worry?

I acquired my dad's 1997 f250 SD 7.3 L 4x4 with auto. Only has 58,000 and he bought it new. This summer I am going to pull my 26 foot camp trailer and I have heard the weak link is the automatic tranny. Anything I should do to the trannny to prevent any problems in the future? By the way this is a great website!!
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Thats a Dodge thing.

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It's not just a Dodge thing. The E4OD's can be a problem too. You might want to do a fluid change (unless you know when it was done before) and I would probably replace the factory tranny cooler with a larger unit like the 6.0L factory cooler or a TruCool Max. Other options might be a TransGo Tugger kit or a Valvebody from Brian's Truck Shop (BTS) or John Wood Automotive. Cheers!

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Also get a gauge for the trans, I will bring it to an idle north of 210 to hopfully save it, good luck

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Yeah the consensus I got from a different thread was change the fluid, filter, and a larger tranny cooler. I will look into those brands of coolers. Thanks
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Dude, mine was supposedly replaced at like 170-180k miles. your good for a long time, but I totally. second the gauge and a bigger cooler would probable be nice. I have multiple dodges and they are like 100k general maintenance. I would in fact almost bet mine was done at 210k because the tranny pan bolts are still really shiny.

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When I had my 97 I added a Hughes +4 qt pan, a Banks trans-comand shift controller and a Ford trans cooler from a 2001 diesel. I also ran Mobil 1 syn trans fluid; 20 qts with the new pan. Also, drain the torque converter! The 97 E4OD was the last trans to allow you to drain it.
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My trans made it to 220k before needing a rebuild.

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Mine made it 500k miles before a rebuild, it'll be fine as long as you don't put it on cruise control going up mountains. My dad has told me stories about that... morons
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