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Old 05-28-2012, 04:18 PM
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quick advice on tranny...

went out of town saturday of this weekend pulling my 7500 lb boat ,200 miles in the mountains to do a lil fishing......

truck did fine going up, trans temps stayed glued at 165 deg till i got in town in bristol tenn, and started the stop and go thing with the hills and such....

went up to 185, which is about what it usually runs in town when the air temps are 90 deg like it was....

anyways....pulled in to a store to get directions and noticed trans fluid was pouring out at an alarming rate under the truck...

just great....200 miles from home my trusty old truck has finally let me down after 12 years of almost flawless duty....

memorial day weekend at that , knowing folks wont be working again till probably tuesday....

evidently, the idiot at the quik lube that topped off my fluids a few months ago overfilled it, because after probably leaking well over a quart or so, the stick still read full to the top...

long story short, checked into motel, drained over a quart out, put in 2 bottles of lucas trans fix, drove it around till sunday evening, pulled the boat 200 miles home in the cool of the evening , and the temp stayed glued at 155 degrees the whole time.....

i think its the front seal, and my mechanic says it will be 7 hours labor to put in a 5 dollar part...

truck has 211,000 miles on it and the stock trans has been flawless until now....i had jody at dp tuner do a custom 80 hp tune on it years ago at his house and he adjusted the tranny shift points also when he did it.


my question is this...........should i go ahead and put a better tq convertor in it while he has it apart, or should i just stay with the stock one ??

any other mods that i could do that will make old faithful last any longer ??

if i do change things, will the computer need to be retuned ??

thanks alot for the help.....
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:31 PM
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with a tranny that old i wouldn't do a torque converter. if the tranny ever craps out and gets littered with debris the tc will be ruined. i would do a bts valve body, 6.0 cooler, and some good fluid (schaeffers all trans)
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I don't think I would do a cooler on a stock trans with 211k. Your already on borrowed time. When you do get it rebuilt, add a cooler. That way it won't become clogged by the failing trans.
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7hr!!?? Should only be 4 it took me and my friend 5hrs the second time to drop the tranny replace the seal and bushing and put it back in and go for a test drive/mud bog... Make sure they replace the bushing so ya don't have a second time like me. Btw I'm only 17


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