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Old 04-04-2011, 06:59 AM
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Question Suddenly lost all power to wheels in all gears

F350 Super Duty, 2000, 4wd, 7.3, Auto Trans. I was towing my trailer and quad the other day. When I pulled out of a gas station and started to accelerate I suddenly lost all power to my wheels. It was like it was in neutral. I did a once over under the truck and checked the fluid. You can here spinning when you push on the throttle. I also checked the transfer case motor fuse which is good. The park position does work. Has any one had this problem. I need suggestions on what to do next. Any help will be appreciated. New Member
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:29 AM
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Sounds like an issue with the torque converter
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:48 AM
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I had the same problem and it was corrosion in the large electrical plug that sits on top of the driver side valve cover. What happens is the injectors on one side of the engine aren't getting any fuel so there isn't any power on one side of the engine. If this is your problem you need to take a sharp wire and clean each terminal in the plug. Let us know if this works for you.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:55 AM
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We had this happen to us a year ago except we were at speed on the intersate headed into Albuquerque (dowhill). The cruise left off the throttle and when it went to pick back up we had lost all power to the wheels. We happened to be at an off ramp and coasted into a parking lot. Turned out the clutch plates had completely worn out and disentegrated. $4500 later, a new transmission, inline filter and HD torque converter we were back on the road. Had about 150K miles on tranny. We could back up a little, but no forward motion.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:09 AM
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Thanks for the input. We are going to get into the drive train tomorrow and see what we can figure out. When we get to the bottom of the issue I'll post the results. I would welcome any diagnostic tips.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:33 AM
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The quickest thing to do is pull the transmission pan and see what falls out. Mine was loaded with all kinds of metal. The transmission shop thought at first the planetary gears had come apart, but it turned out to be all the clutch plates. Of course the whole system was full of metal. They flushed the lines and cooler for an hour while they were getting a transmission and finding a torque converter (this was Christmas Eve morning). Couldn't find a standard converter, but someone had ordered a HD one and hadn't picked it up at one of their parts houses-otherwise we would have been stuck 800 miles from home on Christmas.
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It's one off the bearings. I don't know which one but it will cost you indeed what jdross says above. I had this happen in 09 in Yukon Territory in Canada with my F350 and the camper in the bed. Nearest dealer 250 miles in White Horse.
Stayed four nights with the camper in the used car parking lot.

Update with a non-ford improved tranny, some more money now but you will be safe for a long time.
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X2 on the torque converter
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