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1997 F350 7.5 DRW Transmission stutters in reverse. No 3rd after warming up.

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Old 07-22-2018, 08:23 AM
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1997 F350 7.5 DRW Transmission stutters in reverse. No 3rd after warming up.

New to this so I hope I am posting in the right place. We have two trucks, a 1997 F350 Box truck with a 7.5 and a e4od and a 1999 F350 box truck with a v10 with DRW. Both of these have had the transmissions rebuilt several times, with only a few hundred miles in between each blow out or problem. Both done by the same guy, at the same shop that is no longer to be found. To make a long story short, the 1997 with the e4od shut down and blew fluid out of the front of the case the other day again. No third gear, revving and not going anywhere, OD off light on then came the blast of tranny fluid, a 40 foot trail of tranny fluid and then I was stopped dead in the road. Now the 1999 is starting the same thing. No 3rd gear after it gets hot. Stutters in reverse. Can't get over 30mph and the tranny is screaming. We are about to drop these ourselves and need help. The solenoid harness on the 1997 was replaced because it was melted but this didnt cause the issue. It was doing the same thing before. Hopefully I'm giving enough information to start a decent thread. Any and all questions and help is appreciated. Oh, and the mechanic that subbed out the rebuild wont honor a mileage warranty. It's just "one year from the original rebuild" which has since past because it's been rebuilt so many times. Thanks!
 
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Shuddering in reverse an no third gear indicates that the direct clutch has failed. I'm sorry, but it needs to come out and be rebuilt again. Hopefully this time by someone that knows what they are doing.

You should also replace the radiator and the aux trans cooler. With all of those failures, the trans coolers are going to be full of debris. There is NO effective way to totally clean these coolers. If you don't replace them sooner or later some piece of debris will work it's way loose, get into the new transmission, and cause yet another failure.
 
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clean lines, clean coolers, inspect and or replace torque converter, it is full of junk, sounds like a real winner, "I can take care of that, bring it down..... ordinarily this would be a big job.... um ..... about $1600 but yours is a unit we have a kit for from the space time continuum transition and we can get that knocked out for ya, take about $299 with a 24 month warranty, but if fails while the moon is in the wrong phase, it becomes customer pay......" Good luck finding a good tranny guy, but ordinarily most of the local garages that are reputable charge more than the truck is worth, on a 20+ year old build, but they will still be in business in 5 years and you get what you pay for.

It is not uncommon for a 1990s vehicle to go into a garage and have the repair ticket exceed the value of the vehicle. Some customers pay it and some don't, but that is not uncommon for a proprietor write an estimate that comes to 3000 - 4000 dollars for a vehicle service that includes a transmission reman, install, cooler and lines, u joint(s) wiring harness repair/replace (e4od has a issue here) and the thing comes back tight and right, and the truck is worth about $3000 dollars!
 
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:17 AM
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It already blew out. No 3rd gear, OD light flashed, then boom. Fluid everywhere. We are going to pull it ourselves and just see if it's the front seal and go from there. The whole front end is coming out and getting a new radiator, thermostat and cooler. Enough is enough.
 
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