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post #1 of 25 Old 01-15-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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So I just put my Autometer trans gauge in tonight....looks great. problem is it doenst look great reading 230 degrees!!!! Obviously this isnt good. I just wonder how long it has been running at temps like this and I didnt know it. My tranny still shifts GREAT and smooth. no slipping, no hard shifts. Although I did smell a funny odor when I got out of the truck today. Its wasnt from the tranny it was from the rear end. smelled like gear oil. Any thoughts, or help with my situation would be most appreciated. And by the way, this is all under normal driving conditions.

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So I just put my Autometer trans gauge in tonight....looks great. problem is it doenst look great reading 230 degrees!!!! Obviously this isnt good. I just wonder how long it has been running at temps like this and I didnt know it. My tranny still shifts GREAT and smooth. no slipping, no hard shifts. Although I did smell a funny odor when I got out of the truck today. Its wasnt from the tranny it was from the rear end. smelled like gear oil. Any thoughts, or help with my situation would be most appreciated. And by the way, this is all under normal driving conditions.
I'd do a complete flush and filter change on the tranny if not done within about 25,000 miles and put sy trans fluid back in it.
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Just so I'm clear - The gauge works fine....shows tranny warming up right? Just doesn't go to 230*?

In addition to the flush, filter and synthetics...also look for an in-line filter close to the radiator. If so, you might wanna change that one too.

Don't know if you do a lot of towing, but another thing to consider is putting in a 6.0L trans cooler. You'll need some 1/2" hose, a couple of 3/8ths-to-1/2" adapters and clamps. Bolts in place of the stock cooler. And you might have to a bit of fluid to top it off.


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I added a second stock cooler and dropped mine 20+ degrees. Just removing my front license plate bracket dropped it about 10 degrees!

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I was so happy to find out this thread wasnt about a crossdresser in high heels!
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or "my new tranny", "Help, my tranny......", or " I need some tranny...."

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i'd check your gauge ground first...try going with a direct ground from the gauge to sheetmetal.

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Alright fellas, at ease your selves! haha. The gauge works great. it didnt just shoot up to 230. it took about 15-18 miles. Now supposedly the sending unit grounds through the threads....thats fine. I grounded it on the metal in the dash. The ground isnt the issue. Like I said it took a while to get to 230. Im gonna drain and flush the fluid. I have owned the truck since aug 08, and who knows when the fluid was last changed.....I know Im not a good parent....haha. Since I run amsoil in the motor, Im gonna run Amsoil in the tranny too. I just couldnt belive 230 was on the gauge.

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DIY air intake
Straight exhaust to 5" mitre stacks
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