Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Redmond, Washington, USA
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Why did it die?
I have a 2000 F250 SD SC short bed. I bought it two years ago, with 129,000 miles on it. It is entirely stock, AFAIK.
I use it almost exclusively for towing my race car in an enclosed trailer; car, trailer, and accompanying tires and tools weigh perhaps 7500 pounds.
I have put about 8000 miles on it in those two years.
There is a very steep hill, perhaps a half mile long, near my house. It's the best way to get home from the two race tracks I race at most often. Until the last time I tried, the truck did it just fine, if slowly.
The last time, the transmission burned out.
Is towing a heavy load up a fairly steep hill unusually hard on transmissions, or was it just time? I can avoid the hill without a lot of difficulty, but it costs me perhaps 10 minutes each time, and the drive using the alternate route is much more unpleasant.