The trans fluid was clean and there weren’t significant metal flakes on the magnet. I would hope the transmission is okay. After many miles of abuse, I’d guess it has been rebuilt at some point. I’ll have a trans shop take a look once it’s running ok. I’ve seen discussions about 3rd brake light and trailer brake interference with torque converter operation. I should probably find a way to disable the trailer brake controller installed under the dash.Sounds like you’re in for replacing the trans. Maybe have a dedicated trans shop diagnose it just to be safe. Your 3rd brake light would have no effect whatsoever on your trans
You can try putting more miles on it to see if the injectors clear up, but I’d figure on replacing them too.
Don’t worry about exhaust valve control malfunction. Most people disable them anyway. That may be why it’s showing a code, someone’s already disabled it
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Mechanic was more than fair with his evaluation of the truck. Quoted using OEM parts and realistic labor rates, just a lot to swallow at once. He’s gonna service the transmission and rear diff before we take it home, since they’re already open. Gonna have the body/glass guy take a look at the rust.
In short, in its current state, the truck needs:
1. Injectors. Recommended changing UVCH, glow plugs, etc. preventively while doing the injectors.
2. Full front suspension rebuild (everything is original)
3. Shocks all around
4. Rear brake resurfacing
5. Center support bearing replacement
6. Front diff reseal/service
7. Transfer case service
8. Tracking down a potential oil leak
9. Fixing GEM related issues (basically non working 4wd)
10. Finding that god damn rattle. Thinks it’s along the front of the exhaust. Hopefully an aftermarket exhaust fixes it
11. Tires, coolant flush, brake bleeding
Gonna try to hunt down where it goes.replace with new...looks like a ground strap.
He's a Powerstroke "specialist", former diesel tech. He figured the engine compression was okay just from the cranking, and that the turbocharger was in good condition after inspection, so it brings us back to injection/fuel issues.The mechanic's list looks more like service or maintenance list to me. Is this one from a verified diesel guy who is familiar with these engines?
I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS DUDE WAS A POWERSTROKE SPECIALIST?....Just checked service sheet and noticed mechanic used 75-90 in the rear diff (no mention of additive) and Mercon LV in the transmission. Aren't these the wrong fluids?
WOLF'S HEAD HAS BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES.....IT USED TO BE THE STANDARD FLUID USED AT THE CADILLAC DEALERSHIPS.....IT IS GOOD STUFF.....He said he used Wolfshead ATF synthetic. Never heard of it. Any ideas?
It’s not on the approved list according to manufacturer, and the shop’s quote didn’t specify this fluid, it said Mercon. I don’t think the transmission will explode if I drive and get gas or something, but I’ll change it out once I fix the major issues.WOLF'S HEAD HAS BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES.....IT USED TO BE THE STANDARD FLUID USED AT THE CADILLAC DEALERSHIPS.....IT IS GOOD STUFF.....
BUT I DON'T KNOW IF HE USED THE RIGHT FORMULA FOR A FORD POWERSTROKE TRANSMISSION.....YOU WOULD HAVE TO CHECK WITH FORD FOR THAT ONE.....