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Old 07-03-2011, 10:29 AM
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E4OD problems

I bought a 94 E350 short school bus with a 7.3 IDI and a E4OD in it.
Ran around town a bit just fine, took family to local festival 50 miles away and started leaking tranny fluid while waiting in traffic after 40 minutes on highway.
Leaked out drain tube under flywheel cover. Is this tube stock? It directs fluid past Y/crossover pipe to dump on ground.
Ran fine back, no leaks. No leaks around town (rigged up container to catch and monitor it).
Then took trip to MD. 650 miles round trip. About 100 miles from home pulled off highway and tranny had nothing at light. Stick dry. Added 1 qt I had and barly got across street out of traffic. Added 5 qts and headed for home. Added another 8 qts to keep fluid on stick. Not just coming out of tube anymore, leaking out all around flywheel cover.
Tranny shop that rebuilt it for bus company 130k ago said could be walking front bushing or pump "capsule" venting fluid when hot in traffic.
I only put a 1000 miles on this rig and bought it to have reliable transportation for family.
Any ideas what it could be?
Poking around it seams like these e4od's have lots of problems and rely on a lot of electronics. I got the IDI to keep it simple.
Are they good units?
Should I look for another tranny like C6?
OD light is flashing, how do I read the codes?

I am running rig on WVO but can't see how that would be effecting this.
Thanks for any help
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:25 PM
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I bought a 94 E350 short school bus with a 7.3 IDI and a E4OD in it.
I got the IDI to keep it simple.
Are they good units?
Should I look for another tranny like C6?
OD light is flashing, how do I read the codes?

I am running rig on WVO but can't see how that would be effecting this.
Thanks for any help
Hey it sounds like a bad seal, try any stop leak yet? I put Bars Stopleak in a diesel mercedes transmission before and it went away. Not apples to apples but it has kept it from leaking for 2 years now and it shifted better. Try putting in a few bottles of the stuff with the split mouth container. But if you got the cash maybe somebody will speak to to the e4od vs the C6 and their pro's and con's so you can pop the best one in and I can file away for future reference. Also what do you mean you got an IDI to keep it simple? Sorry just trying to learn something new here.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:57 PM
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Thanks for the input. I'm going to be hauling the family in this so I don't think I'd feel comfortable with stop leak.
I got the IDI because it is mechanical injectors and pump. No computer for the engine. Much easier to work on than the PS. Not knocking the power strokes, I have a 97 crew cab and I love that rig, but I am realizing I may not be able to afford to keep it and do the maintenance. Parts are much cheaper for the IDI.

Right now I'm trying to decide if I should pull the tranny myself on the ground or take it to a shop.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:21 PM
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If you have the time with all those youngsters (which I completely understand if you don't since I'm in a similar situation) I would try and get it out myself. For one you can't really make it worse since in its current state it is pretty much a paperweight. Also, the leak area might become obvious with the transmission out and a cheap seal will fix the problem. I bet it will take all weekend since you will have to get creative if you don't have every tool in the book. I have no doubt that you will get it out, the real problem will be if your wife will let you dissapear for that long

Good luck and let us know what happens, and thanks for explaining why you favor the IDI.
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