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  • #16
    Originally posted by Resq14
    An Allison transmission on the new F550?
    When I read the bid from the local company it stated that the gas engine was only available with a "standard 4 spd." I asked the chief for clarification, after all he has a 5 or 6 speed in his V-10 engined F-350. The answer I got was that it was a "standard duty 4 spd auto" and that the diesel was available with an heavy duty allison tranny. I just forwarded the e-mail to you so you can see I'm not smoking crack tonight. I'm not making this stuff up folks, just repeating what I heard
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    • #17
      Crud in the oil cooler

      Got our truck back in service. Report from the dealer service dept. was that the Oil cooler had a bunch of grass seed and other debris from a field fire. Still going to install a trany temp gage and put a sign on the dash telling the driver to disable the OD on every run. thanks for all of the good advice.

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      • #18
        550

        What you have is a 1999. They (F-550) were not produced until 1999. The transmission is the 4R100, which is a VERY weak transmission.

        What kind of axle ratio do you have? Should be 4.88.

        You need to find some portable scales and weigh the truck at each wheel, axle, then total.

        We have F-550 four door 2wd squads with 14' EVI body. Heaviest things on it are two complete sets of Homaltro tools, PPV fan, Smartpower 7.5kw PTO generator and factory winch bumper with 12klb Warn. We dont have too much room to spare when fully loaded. I would venture to say that depending on chassis (reg, super, crew cab), 4wd, and carrying water and pump...you ARE overloaded. Dont take anyones word, weigh it yourself.

        If you are overloaded, the tranny problem is the least of you worries. If you dont lighten the truck and you are involved in an accident, your truck will be taken as it was in accident (load and crew) and weighed. If it IS overloaded those people you hit, no matter whose fault it was will own you department, driver, and municipality.




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        Last edited by SCOOBY14B; 11-08-2003, 02:12 AM.

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        • #19
          Our F-550 rescues when loaded weigh in at just shy of 15k. There is still a little bit of weight to play with there until we reach our max of 17500 .
          I have no clue on the weight of our F-550 brush units i would imagine the weigh about the same
          As with the poster above if you are overweight and if something happens your *** is grass

          Last edited by k1500chevy97; 11-08-2003, 07:15 PM.

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          • #20
            gregblewett, glad to hear your truck is back on the road. Just to clarify, as Scooby said the F550 came out in 99, 98 on up have the 4R100 not the E4OD. The 4R100 is basically a E4OD with all of the known factory upgrades in it, as well as some others that never were done to the E4OD. The 4R100 is not a VERY weak trans, it is rather strong compared to the E4OD. The 6.0 has a Torqueshift auto trans, which is a completely new trans and has been real strong so far. The stock oil coolers are not the best even on 1 ton applications, get a aftermarket one. The majority of Fords diesel tecs are not known to be the sharpest knives in the drawer. There are two companies that build VERY strong E4OD and 4R100's, some consider them to be "bullet proof" contact Brians Truck Shop in Arkansas, or Suncoast Transmissions, I believe they are in FL. Ford will only build the trans to their latest specs, and since both trannies are no longer offered in diesels there are no more updates being done. The BTS trans in my own F250 cost me around $3200 (I went through 4 E4OD's in 160k miles before getting a BTS trans). As was mentioned before the O/D should be locked out on city driving with the weight you have, and there are companies who do make it possible for the trans computer to default to non O/D mode upon startup. On Trans temps keep it at or below ambient air temp +100 degrees in the summer.If you can not do that, you need a bigger cooler and possibly a cooling fan for when you are not moving. Also seriously consider switching to synthetic trans fluid, it tolerates higher temps better. As far as the cooler getting clogged with stuff and the trans overheating causing a failure, that will happen to any auto trans and would be considered operator error for not inspecting and cleaning the cooler out after driving in the field fire.
            Last edited by GggFF3P; 11-10-2003, 02:48 PM.

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            • #21
              BUMP


              Will post more with a story either later tonight or tomorrow..........
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              • #22
                leave the OD off in the hills

                if you are in hilly terrain, off road use (obviously) and a lot of start/stop use turn the overdrive off. It comes on automatically so you will need to turn it off each time you restart the engine.

                Our Ford garage told us to drive our ambulances (7.3 diesels/4sp autos) out of overdrive unless we were doing steady speed driving ie interstate. due to our terrain, there is not a lot of this type of driving. We won't be on an interstate unless we are doing a very unusual transport of a Mutual Aid for someone.

                I would seek out a truck stop, gravel pit, truck weigh station or whatever and weight it full and empty and determine if it is overloaded or not.

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                • #23
                  OK. Has anyone had any problems with the new tranny on the 2003 F-550s?? Our KME Mini-Pumper (which has had numerous problems, for those who haven't heard it on here) has recently had some tranny problems. Apparently when you shift into reverse, the whole truck starts to shake and then shuts down. I haven't heard anything back yet on what the Ford dealer found out.

                  It actually went to get the power compartment locks and the door latches for the compartments fixed at a repair facility in Montville, OH. They initially noticed the problems and then thought there was a bad pin in the wiring harness because they disconnected it and replaced it (I think) and it worked fine later that day. The next morning they were pulling it out of the garage and it started again, so they took it to the local Ford dealer, who was in the process of hooking it up to the computer when we left to head back home. Chief had to pay 2 of us 8 hrs. each to drive to pick up this truck, and we had to come back empty handed.

                  Has anyone else heard of this or had this problem?? Seems like this was the only thing we HADN"T had a problem with until now. The truck is 2003 F-550, 2 wheel drive with the 5 speed automatic tranny.
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                  • #24
                    Might just be a sensor or the PCM needs reflashed . they had a few bugs in the early PSD/torqshift trucks (mid 03 to late 03 models) and a reflash of the PCM took care of it most the time.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by k1500chevy97
                      Might just be a sensor or the PCM needs reflashed . they had a few bugs in the early PSD/torqshift trucks (mid 03 to late 03 models) and a reflash of the PCM took care of it most the time.
                      HUH????

                      Sorry, I don't have a whole lot of knowledge when it comes to vehicle mechanics.......

                      We got the truck in Jun 2003.........
                      The comments made by me are my opinions only. They DO NOT reflect the opinions of my employer(s). If you have an issue with something I may say, take it up with me, either by posting in the forums, emailing me through my profile, or PMing me through my profile.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by firenresq77


                        HUH????

                        Sorry, I don't have a whole lot of knowledge when it comes to vehicle mechanics.......

                        We got the truck in Jun 2003.........
                        77 - do you have a "lemon" clause in your bid for this truck?

                        As my daddy used to say, it sounds like you need to jack up the radiator cap and drive a new truck under it.....

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                        • #27
                          I don't remember if there was a lemon clause in there or not. I'll have to check, but I don't believe so.........
                          The comments made by me are my opinions only. They DO NOT reflect the opinions of my employer(s). If you have an issue with something I may say, take it up with me, either by posting in the forums, emailing me through my profile, or PMing me through my profile.
                          We are all adults so there is no need to act like a child........
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                          • #28
                            A reflash of the pcm is just a way of saying reprograming the trucks computer and uploading the current programming into it.

                            A neighbor of mine got a F350 with the 6.0 diesel/ torqshift 5 spd combo and he had a few problems similar to what you are describling and he took it in and had this reflash done and it solved those problems . now the only problem he has with it is that blue oval on the grill instead of a gold bowtie

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                            • #29
                              now the only problem he has with it is that blue oval on the grill instead of a gold bowtie
                              But that's a fatal flaw!

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                              • #30
                                That's not a problem it's a fringe benefit!Ashes to ashes,dust to dust if it wasn't for Chevies my tools would rust.Hehe T.C.

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