Well, sunday I was bringing my 5th wheel (37' 14,000lb) back from the mountains and there was only one major mountain in my way. About a 7 mile stretch. Normally I have no problem with this, I would hit 35 mph and set the cruise. And never had any issues.
Well Sunday, halfway up and I started to loose speed. Shifted to first and it was all I could do to maintain 25 mph. Then the tranny temp went up to 250*
. Well got to the top of the mountain and pulled over to cool off.
I sat there for 30 minutes and only lost 15*
. Well at 124,000 miles I figured if I was gunna blow it, I might as well get as close to home as I could. Started down the other side of the mountain and as soon as I started moving temps dropped to 190-200*
Well after that I never had any issues except the temps were warmer that I liked. Of course outside temp was greater than 115* that day.
Took the truck to a tranny shop today, and besides a brownish fluid that smelled slightly burned, I fared well. The tech, said that there was no residue or metal parts in the pan, and that every thing looked good.
So I got away with a $135 service
, but he said if I want, he can "Build the S*** out of it" for only $3,500, installed with every option including a 3 disk converter.
So I got lucky this trip, But who knows. To prolong the inevitable, I ordered a larger tranny cooler from Tuners, Suspensions, Exhaust and other performance parts. DiscountPowerParts.com
and it goes on this week end