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I am looking for information about the 97 F350 5 speed manual tranny, canít seem to find much so though it would post here. I am wondering if this particular year had problems, I was told they are diffrent from the older ZF manuals? Are these good trannys or do they have problems? Also someone meanched that these have input shaft problems? I am trying to research this because I am looking at buying a 97, that has a tranny problem, wont shift into gear not sure what the problem in but said it needs a new tranny? Any ideas? Thanks
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-11-2007, 09:32 PM
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prolly needs a clutch more than anything, may not be fully disengaging
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oh really ok, the owner said that he but a whole new clutch assembaly in, also upgraded to the better one piece flywheel?? So who knows I guess?? He said he got a heavy duty clutch, and that it worked fine for about a month or so than no gears?? Do these 5 speeds just go out, or could there just be a problem with the clutch related parts? thanks Heath
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i have a 97 f250 with a 5 speed and i love it. havent had any problems with her yet and i do alot of towing

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Can you get it into gear without the motor running?? Might be a clutch slave cyl issue.

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check the clutch rod bushing under the dash. sometimes these wear out and don't give you the full throw of the clutch, if you force the shifter long enough it will wipe out the synchros and grind going into gear, even with a new clutch.
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I have driven many ZF trucks. They may grind a little and jump out of gear, but I haven't seen one that wouldn't go into gear. It's most likely the bushing.

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Well I bought it

my first diesel, even though it has a trans problem. I have discovered that the colar bushing was compleatly worn in half and the shaft is worn out of round The other larger bushings on the pedal assemble are also pretty worn, there is a play in the pedal, so i ordered a new shaft and bushings at Ford, hope it will shift after replacing these? what do you think? Also is it a big job to replace the shaft and bushings? That repair manual do you recomend for these trucks? Thanks guys
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Can you get it into gear without the motor running?? Might be a clutch slave cyl issue.
Oh really, yes it will go into gear without the engine running, when it is running it wont, when i try to go into 1st it wont move at all, 2nd just grinds?
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I have 220,000 HARD miles on mine. Never had any problems with it and I put 850 FT LBS through it. Plus I tow big loads with it alot...
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