I bought a 2001 PSD auto about 6 weeks ago and when I am hauling a heavy load or pulling a trailer my transmission doesn't like to shift out of 2nd gear once it gets hot. By dumb luck I discovered if I stop, shift into reverse (which seems to slip) and goose my throttle, it seems to straighten the mess out somehow. The truck has 4" Magnaflow turbo-back exhaust and Edge Juice w/ Attitude. It now has about 45,000 miles and I want to get the tranny looked at because I plan on keeping this truck for a while. I live in the Issaquah area and was wondering if any of you have had similar issues or know of a good transmission shop in my area that has diesel know-how. I appreciate the advice.
A tranny shop will just want to pull and swap or rebuild. Try changing the fluid, and add an inline filter to catch all the junk that will flush out. I made one from a remote oil filter kit with a standard Ford oil filter, and it worked great. As an added bonus, it did increase the capacity by about a quart as well.
Also, add a cooler, or if there is one already, make sure it's in good shape and is mounted where it gets enough airflow.
Check out the transmission forum for advice also.
Real trucks have the key on the left FTE Guidelines
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