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Old 09-08-2006, 09:29 AM
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autotrans puked & wont start

I was backing my 5whl into a campsite up a grade on dirt, rear wheels broke loose, so I put er in 4HI & finished parking. As I stopped I found the tranny was puking oil & noticed the trans temp guage in the yellow- its never been above normal during any other driving condition. I setup camp & wanted to start the engine & check the tranny, I estimated I had lost 4-6 quarts, (magtek pan). 2nd wierd thing, the engine hit 2-3 times then only cranks with whitish/grey smoke from the tailpipe. I tried to start several times a day for 3 days with the same result, being very conservative with the batterys- I'm 30mi. into the mountains. 4th day I meet a guy with starting fluid, eventually it works, with lots of grey smoke. I find the problem reoccures the next day, but I eventually get started, with the same smoke. Long story short, the smoke finally stops upon startup & the problem disappears. Anyone got an answer for both the tranny puke and the smoke/start problem?
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Old 09-08-2006, 02:40 PM
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Puking tranny

Hey Frank, I had the same problem as far as the tranny puking. I towed my 28' trailer and when I stopped to back it up (running) I noticed truck was peeing like a race horse I have the factory tranny temp gauge and a aftermarket gauge on the pillar. I noticed that the pillar gauge was reading 210. The factory gauge on my truck never shows that the tranny is getting hot ( I dont trust it). I was explained that powerstrokes are famous for the tranny puking fluid when the tranny gets hot. I serviced the tranny and switched to a full synthetic (amsoil) fluid and it helped big time, I've had the gauge show 225 and no peeing My buddy thought it was funny till it happened to his stroke in front of his house He actaully dumped so much fluid it wouldnt move.Anyway Hope this helps Frank, dont know about the other problem. Good luck!
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thanks for the reply jambo, I've pulled some codes & it looks like glowplugs for the nostart, probably due to the mountain temps, & was just coinsidence with the tranny pukking. I just got some alldata info sent to me & am starting to tsht.
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I was backing my 5whl into a campsite up a grade on dirt, rear wheels broke loose, so I put er in 4HI & finished parking. As I stopped I found the tranny was puking oil & noticed the trans temp guage in the yellow- its never been above normal during any other driving condition. I setup camp & wanted to start the engine & check the tranny, I estimated I had lost 4-6 quarts, (magtek pan). 2nd wierd thing, the engine hit 2-3 times then only cranks with whitish/grey smoke from the tailpipe. I tried to start several times a day for 3 days with the same result, being very conservative with the batterys- I'm 30mi. into the mountains. 4th day I meet a guy with starting fluid, eventually it works, with lots of grey smoke. I find the problem reoccures the next day, but I eventually get started, with the same smoke. Long story short, the smoke finally stops upon startup & the problem disappears. Anyone got an answer for both the tranny puke and the smoke/start problem?

I would recommend you always shift that bad boy into 4-low. use gears for moving that trailer slowly and not the tranny pump!
your EGT's will be lower, your tranny temps will be much lower, the tranny/tc won't be straining, your engine will barely grunt, the torque will be spread between the front and rear diff's, and you'll have more trailer moving torque than you'll know what to do with.
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thanks for the reply, 4low it'l be, that solves the first problem & I found & resolved the 2nd. the nostart was due to a programming error with my TS6 chip- I bought a Federal (49 state) truck from Texas & live in Cal, TS assumed I had a different PCM & the programming threw 2 codes for glowplug control module that dosen't exist on my truck, but disabled the active low provided thru the PCM to activate the glowplug contactor. I gave TS my PCM code (VDH5) & they reprogrammed my chip & its all done in time for our deerhunt!!!! Marc & others may want to advise re the Cal. PCM & supplying your code when ordering.
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