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Old 08-18-2010, 04:13 PM
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Lost Drive, but have Reverse

I did a bunch of searching and found a few with a similar problem, but never a for sure solution, so here goes.

I have a '99 F-350 that has a tranny problem. It has reverse, but not drive. Stopped to unload some stuff, put it in P without shutting off the truck, got back in, put it in D and truck wouldn't move. Tried 2 and 1 and same thing. Put it in R and it acts completely normal. Got out and checked fluid....levels good, colors good, and doesn't smell burnt. Got back in tried it again. Revved it way up in D and it tried to creep forward. Revved it way up in 1 and it started to creep and after a few seconds took off almost like normal, but still won't do anything but try to creep in D or 2.

Tranny has about 30k on a full rebuild and has shown no signs of problems. Any ideas?
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:21 PM
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you need a tranny job fro whatever reason sometimes you get to keep reverse werid i know i just went ahead and got a new tranny it was cheaper i got it from coleman transmissions google them and it should bring them up i got my tranny for $1200
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I should also mention that the OD light is not flashing and the CEL is not coming on. I checked for codes and there wasn't any.
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It could be forward clutch feed bolt is loose. You should pressure test it.
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take it to a tranny shop, most will diagnose for free.


an "honest" shop that is
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:04 PM
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Check center support bolts they like to come loose. Time consuming to do but If you do it yourself there is not alot of cost involved.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for ideas. I live 60 miles from a honest tranny shop. I also don't want to have them diagnose it and find out it is something I can fix myself. I doubt they would appreciate me loading it back up and taking it home.

Is there an easy way to pressure test it? I am very mechanical and understand every part of my truck, besides the automatic transmission. I have never taken the time to learn how they work. Is there anywhere I can find a write up on how to check the forward clutch feed bolt and center support bolts?
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:49 PM
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Look at my posts or the other 2 guys in this thread with actual advice (fordnutz and JJR). Some get lucky and others dont. I am going through same thing right now but for some wack job to diagnose my problem and fix it for 800$ minimum is ridiculous. Reman'd trannies are 1000$ in my area and then another 300$ for install. I took my valve bodies apart to check my feed bolts and they were fine. I learned a lot about my tranny just from that but I dont feel comfortable rebuilding it myself.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:47 PM
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Ok so got my tranny replaced this weekend and it was completely shot but the transmission is not what killed itself. The PCM is what went bad and just would not let the transmission shift properly. It needed to be reflashed by the dealer and Ford said if it would of been caught early enough it wouldnt of killed the tranny.
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