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  1. npccpartsman
    01-02-2018 11:02 PM - permalink
    Would you weigh in on this thread please?
  2. msnrasool
    12-19-2017 01:58 PM - permalink
    Hello Mark,

    I need your help with drivability issue of my 2000 Navigator, 5.4L, 4r100 transmission with 210,000 miles. There is no check engine light or pending codes or flashing OD. I have notice this in summer but it get worst with cold weather in MN.

    Truck struggle to run when put in to reverse or drive from Idle or at signal. Don’t die but idle surge between 400-800 rpm with shudder/vibration. After the initial struggle, seems to upshift/downshift ok.

    Spark Plugs were changed around 150,000 miles. 1st Transmission fluid and filter were changed (not flushed and didn’t drain the TC) by my by dropping the pan around 132,000 miles. 2nd fluid were changed around 150,000 miles by Valvoline through dipstick tube, fill and suck it back method. (I should have changed the fluid around 180,000).

    I am thinking to start with transmission fluid change by dropping pan, draining TC and replace filter.


  3. Jjurczyk
    12-01-2017 07:59 PM - permalink
    Hey Mark I see your the transmission expert on this site. I have a e4od question for you. I had my transmission rebuilt awhile back, and it was supposed to be the best, I have since replaced the accumulator valve body with a bts. And the shifts are still weak. I then swapped to a .500 boost valve hoping that would help and it' the exact same thing. Put a gauge in the test port and at wot it goes to 200psi but then slowly drops before the shift happens to around 125 i have ran out of ideas and was hoping you could help thanks.
  4. Akita Best
    11-22-2017 05:32 PM - permalink
    Akita Best
    Thank you so much.
  5. Akita Best
    11-15-2017 09:41 PM - permalink
    Akita Best
    thank u,i have to check out with someone first then cry here
    also what would be the best option to get e40d and 4r100 ,i have both e450 02 and this f super duty 97,im plannign to tow.
    last question what does more pressure on truck : towing loaded trailer or overweight payload ?
  6. Akita Best
    11-14-2017 11:07 PM - permalink
    Akita Best
    Hi Mark,ive been reading some of your posts and didnt find solution for my issue with shift-rite transmission rebuilt 7.3 f super duty 97.i have it for less than year and it feels like falling apart inside.
    0 to 30 mph goes very slow unless i full throttle
    between 55 to 65 mph with headlights on it starts to jumping between 3-4th gears for some reason.
    and generally i cant hold up 70mph unloaded loaded ,it used to go 75 without issues when i finally got it from them this spring.
    also any uphill struggling so much,goes about 15-25mph slower than the rest of traffic.
    the rest of truck is fine.
    if you ever respond i would be grateful,im not sure if i have to spend another 4k on some reputable shop transmission or just buy another vehicle.
  7. Gearhead2012
    09-28-2017 11:04 AM - permalink
    Mark, you and I have spoken before in years past, you've been a huge help before and I was hoping to bug you about a project I'm working on. I've built several very high HP engines (1400+ hp triple turbo 6.0's) and a common issue is controlling the 5r110, so a lot of guys swap to a 4r100. I'm looking at running a transmission controller that can run 4r70w and AODe transmissions. My question is, do you know if it would be possible to "re-pin" or change the plug for a 4r70w and wire it to the 4r100? I know it's an oddball question, it's for a racing application, not the run of the mill street stuff...but I haven't found anyone who is familiar enough with the transmissions to tell me if electronically/mechanically/hydraulically this is possible. My email is [email protected], if you have any time at all I'd be very appreciative of any help you could offer. Thanks!!
  8. trk pny
    09-19-2017 05:36 PM - permalink
    trk pny
    thank you for the information. I was not sure if it was a fit. So many people kept saying it could have different tail shaft , number of starter bolts and cross member mount.?
  9. Mark Kovalsky
    09-10-2017 09:02 AM - permalink
    Mark Kovalsky
    Thank you for the kind thoughts. The next 9-12 hours are going to be interesting. The eye is heading up the west coast and I'm on the east coast. But this thing is so massive that we will be right in the middle of it.

    Please explain what you want to understand. I created many of the tunes for Ford. That was my job there for most of the 19 years I was there.

  10. realdann
    09-10-2017 07:45 AM - permalink
    I have enjoyed your posts for several years. I hope you and yours are safe as Irma passes. I have a 2002 F350 7.3 4r100, Greg Evans/Dieselsite design. 380 hp engine up grades. I have the Minotaur PHP tuning system and have been having the dickens of a time trying to get the shifts right. Would you help me to understand the shift hierarchy? And maybe some definitions of terms? I know where I want to make shifts, just trying to let the computer know. Thanks

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  • About Mark Kovalsky
    Former Ford automatic transmission engineer.
    SE Florida
    Flying, Antique cars and fire trucks.
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    Former Ford Automatic Transmission Engineer 1988 - 2007

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