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superduty-list Digest Wed, 17 Jan 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 013

In This Issue:
Clutch problems revisited
Re: Clutch problems revisited
Need to spec out a farm truck

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Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 21:30:16 +0100
Subject: creaks, moans and groans
From: Kirk Werner <Kirk Werner.org>



I checked on the web site and couldn't find the discussion I seem to recall
from some time back about this, so I'll throw it out for consideration
again.

I have a '00 F350 CC 4x4. In the past couple months I've noticed a big
increase in the suspension noise. I have no doubt that the colder weather
has a role in this. Going over any uneven surface, or even just driving on a
gravel road the entire truck seems to creak and groan. Without knowing
exactly how the body is attached to the frame, I would say that it sounds
like bushings at those anchor points are the culprit.  Is there a TSB for
this? I looked but did not find one. This isn't the popping sounds under the
cab which one TSB describes, but an overall suspension/frame noise. Is there
something I can lubricate myself, or that teh dealer can do when it's in for
it's next checkup?

Thanks for any input.

Kirk


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From: "Liz Marr" <BlueTruck cc-ent.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 10:09:22 -0800
Subject: Clutch problems revisited


Thanks for all the ideas with my clutch that wouldn't disengage and allow
me to shift (and eventually wouldn't allow me to start the truck)  I have yet
to replace the master clutch cylinder, but I have pushed it off for a while.
Here is what I found when I got under there.  There is a small bushing that
holds the pedal link to the clutch master cylinder - stupid little plast thing.
Well, it was beyond shot - how it was working at all is amazing - and the
end of the link has been damaged some (the "clunk" sound I was hearing)
Unfortunately I tore it appart on a Saturday and discovered that it was a
dealer part  :(   So on Monday I went an paid my $6 for the plastic and put
it in place.  It's almost like driving another truck, but I think I still might end
up replacing that cyliner as when I shift I can definately feel it going
between gears and it needs a firm pressure.  I hope that I didn't damage
anything in the transmission itself with my ignorance.  What do you think?

Liz Marr
1997 F250 HD Turbostroke
2wd 5sp Air Cruise

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From: "Steve J. Hodson" <hodsonsj mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: Clutch problems revisited
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 16:40:49 -0500


Extended shifting with a load on the input shaft will eventually cause
synchronizers to wear out but if the transmission shifts easily once you
have fixed the clutch problem you probably haven't done significant damage.
I had a similar problem with an old 86 F-250, the master cylinder bolted to
the firewall in a spot too thin for the job.  Eventually the sheet metal
tore and the result was that the master would flex away from the firewall
when you pushed the clutch pedal.  I fixed it with a couple of large flat
washers to spread the load to fresh metal.
-----Original Message-----
From: Liz Marr <BlueTruck cc-ent.com>
To: superduty-list ford-trucks.com <superduty-list ford-trucks.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 2:12 PM
Subject: [superduty-list] Clutch problems revisited


>
>Thanks for all the ideas with my clutch that wouldn't disengage and allow
>me to shift (and eventually wouldn't allow me to start the truck)  I have
yet
>to replace the master clutch cylinder, but I have pushed it off for a
while.
>Here is what I found when I got under there.  There is a small bushing that
>holds the pedal link to the clutch master cylinder - stupid little plast
thing.
>Well, it was beyond shot - how it was working at all is amazing - and the
>end of the link has been damaged some (the "clunk" sound I was hearing)
>Unfortunately I tore it appart on a Saturday and discovered that it was a
>dealer part  :(   So on Monday I went an paid my $6 for the plastic and put
>it in place.  It's almost like driving another truck, but I think I still
might end
>up replacing that cyliner as when I shift I can definately feel it going
>between gears and it needs a firm pressure.  I hope that I didn't damage
>anything in the transmission itself with my ignorance.  What do you think?
>
>Liz Marr
>1997 F250 HD Turbostroke
>2wd 5sp Air Cruise
>


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From: "Don Marsee" <DMarsee ServiceMerchandise.com>
Subject: Need to spec out a farm truck
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 10:26:21 -0600


Hello All,

I need help configuring a truck for my Dad.  He plans to use it as a farm
truck,  That is, pulling cattle trailers, hauling hay and other farm work.
He also puts a lot of weight in the bed from time to time.  He wants and
needs no frills.  Here's what I know he wants:

F350 Regular Cab, PSD, 4WD, 8" bed, SRW

Should he also get...

Off-Road pkg
Heavy-Service Suspension
Engine Block Heater (middle Tennessee climate)
Any other options I've missed?

Which axle ratio would you all recommend?

Thanks,
Don in Thompson's Station, TN
'99 F250 SC 4WD, LWB, V10 w/ Superchip, ...


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