Auto Transmission Woes in F-Series

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 09, 2008 at 20:44
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G'day all. We are looking for any one who may be able to shed some light on a weird problem our F truck seems to have. The auto transmission oil level dropped to below showing anything on the dip stick while we were on the Gibb River Road, and the vehicle started hunting through gears, plus it registered a fault code. We managed to get to Kununurra with what oil we could beg borrow or steal (the vehicle had just been serviced so we didn't think to have any spare on board...big mistake!) After putting around 4 lt into the transmission which has an aftermarket larger sized pan, we have noticed each time we check it, that the level has fallen to below registering on the stick again. To date, we have poured nearly 8 more lt into it with no obvious leaks anywhere. We are now in Darwin and the vehicle is in the Ford workshop, and even they can't shed any light on where this extra oil is going! The obvious wouldbe to say that the mechanics who installed the larger sizes sump have not filled it correctly, but as this was done by a VERY professional workshop, I would say definately not the case.
Any clues? Cheers, Jan and Easy
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Reply By: Happy Camper - Sunday, Oct 12, 2008 at 08:06

Sunday, Oct 12, 2008 at 08:06
Rockgoc, Be very careful, it may be your tranny uses an internal cooler in your radiator and it's burst, thus letting coolant into your tranny. Make sure this is not the case by dropping the pan to check the colour of the tranny oil.

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Follow Up By: Rockgoc - Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 23:25

Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 23:25
Thanks Al, have checked everything possible, and have now decided to go with the theory that the original mechanic did not fill it back up properly when he fitted a larger sump.Will watch it and wait. Regards, Jan o
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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 23:56

Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 23:56
If it was done at a dealership, then they usually have the number of litres of oils, and fluids listed on their account. For interest sake you might like to check and see if they have recorded what they charged you for.

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