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Old 06-11-2012, 06:41 AM
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2000 F250 Trans Problems

Last weekend, I used the truck to put my boat in the lake. The truck is sitting at about a 30 degree angle when the boat is put in or taken out. I was able to put the boat in, and had to put it in first to pull away from the boat landing. But, when I took the boat out, I had no forward gears (of course it has to happen in a place where reverse, which works, does no good). I had to tow the truck home, because while first gear did come back if I shifted it directly, it didn't work in drive. The next morning I had no problem putting it in first gear to move it to a better spot to work on it.

The next day I replaced the transmission fluid and filter, including draining the torque converter. The fluid looked and smelled ok, and there were no chunks of anything in the pan. I should mention that the truck has 342000 miles on it - I bought it with 250,000 on it, and while the dealer claimed to have done all services on it when I bought it, it was time anyway.

I drove the truck over the past week, and everything worked, with the exception that it was hesitant to go into drive.

Last night I put my boat in again, and had the exact same thing happen: I was able to pull away from the boat landing incline after putting the boat in, but when I tried to pull away after loading the boat, I had no forward gears and had to tow it home. (Home is about 6 miles, low speeds, from the boat landing).

During the tows, I kept the engine running for lights and brakes, and to keep the transmission fluid circulating.

Today, I found that the transmission fluid was down. I don't believe it leaked out - every day this past week when I came home I slid a piece of cardboard under it to check for drips the next day, and there never were any. It took around a gallon more fluid today to bring it back up to the top of the HOT mark on the stick.

I checked the truck for codes and found none. I've long suspected that the Superchip that was in the truck when I bought it doesn't allow codes to be saved, so I hooked up the programmer and restored it to stock settings, and took it for a ride.

It starts with full positive engagement in first gear. It will not engage in second or drive. I was able to drive it at all speeds by starting in first then shifting it to drive. There is no slippage in first gear if it's shifted manually, but all gears, including first, slip in drive.

This truck does NOT have the external trans fluid filter.

Help?
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:43 PM
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Mine was doing the same EXACT thing and it ended up being the column shifter bracket loose...easy fix too...

Crawl under the dash..look up above the brake pedal on the right side of the column...wiggle your shifter around a little and you'll see a bracket move that is connected to the trans shift cable...the bracket has 2 torx head bolts on it...if it's loose then its most likely your problem.

I was at the point of pricing transmissions..then decided to do a lil "investigating" of my own..and found this ..this was 3 days ago and it has been working like it should since then.

From what i understand these transmissions have a Trasmission Range Sensor on the linkage arm at the trans..it sends signals to the computer...if the linkage on the column or the cable is off even a little bit out of adjustment,it can cause problems...

if it's loose...take one bolt out at a time and put a lil blue loctite on the bolts and tighten back up...
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:45 PM
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Forgot to mention..mine is also a 2000 F250 7.3 auto
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:55 PM
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Thanks, Ironworker - I'll check that out soon. I just got a deal I couldn't resist on a 99 Dodge Ram for my son, and he doesn't need it until September, so that buys me time to figure out what's going on.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:53 AM
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Update

Well, I did indeed have the 2 loose screws that Ironworker mentioned. I tightened them up, with Loctite. The bad news is that the transmission still slips. I can shift manually from first on up, but it slips when I try to start out in Drive. I suppose I damaged it driving it with the loose shifter screws all that time?
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