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RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

i have forgotten to put it in the usual 65hp tow mode,,, i can't believe that would do it but something certainly did. Maybe I miss interpreted what this said. sorry, it was probably confusing the way i worded it. well, on my hydra chip, which is the tune setup from powerhungry performance, which i can switch tunes while driving, i downloaded 4 tunes to choose from as i drive, #1 daily driver 65hp fuel sipper #2 towing 65 hp #3 towing 80 hp #4 40 hp daily driver so when i tow i put it in #2 i don't have a factory tow button to press like some vehicles, which is what i thought you were referring to but i had been driving around in #1 before i hooked up my trailer and drove off and i didn't put it in the towing mode, #2 that i have been using for years. i am pretty sure ihave done this before, and vice versa, where i drive with out a trailer and leave it in the towing tune. what i have noticed when towing but not in the towing tune is that it shifts harder
rockwind1 11/29/20 09:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

I worked in transmission engineering over 30 years ago. While 250F is pretty hot for non-synthetic oil, it is not "over the limit". IIRC, things got bad over 270F. The simple thing to do now is pull the dip stick. If the ATF is still bright cherry read and does not smell "burnt", ho harm ! If you are using synthetic or even blend you have a lot more room. I think all Motorcraft ATF is semi-synthetic now. BTW, you did the right thing, backing off. i sent you a pm with some questions if you had time to take a look, no worries if not.
rockwind1 11/29/20 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

If you were running Type F fluid I would be a bit more concerned. Stay in tow mode to keep the TC locked and just continue on as you have. i am positive it is synthetic. what do you mean by tow mode? i am running tow tunes,, but i don't have a tow mode button per se,,,, the problem is is that the only time my tranny stays cool is in 4th gear,,, whenever i go to 3rd or 2nd, even with the little padlock" lock" symbol on, it will slowly heat up,, like something is slipping obviously,,, what could be slipping i wonder.
rockwind1 11/29/20 07:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

I worked in transmission engineering over 30 years ago. While 250F is pretty hot for non-synthetic oil, it is not "over the limit". IIRC, things got bad over 270F. The simple thing to do now is pull the dip stick. If the ATF is still bright cherry read and does not smell "burnt", ho harm ! If you are using synthetic or even blend you have a lot more room. I think all Motorcraft ATF is semi-synthetic now. BTW, you did the right thing, backing off. i finally did pull dipstick,, it is still pink and smells ok. i did notice the dipstick tube holder is quite loose and it was never like that before. i am sure it is synthetic,,, i ran amsoil synthetic for years until last fluid change when the local shop put their brand synthetic in it.
rockwind1 11/29/20 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

Never saw those temperatures after installing the 6.0 tranny cooler on my 99 Superduty 7.3 towing a 38’ fifth wheel. That 4R100 transmission is certainly not one of fords better transmissions . Google the fluid change on that 4R100 its very easy , and save yourself some money , I did it a few times during the nearly 16 years I had it . There is a great transmission builder in Arkansas that specializes in the 4R100 that will put your transmission problems to an end . Brian’s Truck Stop yes i have heard of him,,, at the time i got the john woods,, supposedly john woods was the west coast expert and brian was the east coast expert,, sadlly i am on the west coast so arkansas is long drive. it soundslike you have done fluid change yourself? how do you get the fluid out of the converter and cooler? never mind, i will google it. thanks Before I decided to trade in my 99 Superduty, I was going to go with the BTS , instead of the John Woods, from everything I read the BTS was the better tranny build. I actually talked to him about a shifting problem, that was intermittent , and he sent be a valve body, thinking that was my issue . Every rebuild he does he puts in a new valve body regardless, so the one he sent me was supposedly a used one ,but okay. All I paid was the shipping. Never got around to replacing it, seemed to start shifting okay, so I just let it go. As far as tuners again ,probably one of the better ones ,and the one I ran was the DP tuner. It had a tow tune ,as well as others, plus the stock tune as well . I also went with the AIS air intake ,4" exhaust turbo back. The truck ran very well, but short of changing turbos ,injectors etc ,it just didn't have the power in the mountains for a 38' fifth wheel that I would like. As far as the fluid change ,yes just google it ,its easier then me having to explain it, but yes the old fluid gets pumped out of the converter, and as well as the cooler, its actually as said very easy. I totally agree, even towing just a 33 foot toy hauler in the mountains is a struggle with my 2001, almost any grade above 5% and I’m in second gear going about 43 miles an hour, one time on a little Highway Inn between Benton California and mammoth, I couldn’t even do that, I was in first gear I barely made it over that little summit. Although I love my truck, I like how easy it is to work on, I like the fact that it doesn’t have all of the smog **** that every other truck has, and I like that I don’t have to put in that exhaust fluid But I do get a little jealous of the newer trucks in the way they blow by me doing 85 mph up a grade pulling a 40 ft trailer
rockwind1 11/29/20 05:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

Don't have a Ford but I had a Bully dog tuner when I bought a used 2007 Duramax so I said great and tried it on tow mode on my maiden Voyage with my 5er I found out REAL QUICK going up my first stepper grade this thing SUCKS for towing my EGT's went too high and so did the tranny temps so I turned it back to Stock mode and all good again now I do not even use the tuner except for info Canned tuners suck IMO for towing I agree, but I think power-hungry Diesel has a pretty good set up, I really like the hydra chip, they have a lot of choices and they have many tunes for a modified valve body. I went with the lowest horsepower version and I’ve been running it for years and it has always worked good until now, I’m still not sure what happened but I will be investigating, hopefully like Some said maybe it’s just a sending unit problem, I recently redid all the wiring harness is under the valve covers and also the ECB, as well as changed out the ECB of course. The problem is where I live, I don’t think there are any reputable transmission people and going down to John Wood’s in California to me is like going deep into enemy territory
rockwind1 11/29/20 05:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

I have a 2001 F-250 7.3 and I had to watch my tranny temps all of the time until I put the Ford V-10 tranny cooler on it. Now I never see 200 degrees. It is 40 percent bigger than the oem and comes standard with Ford tranny replacements. It should have been oem to start with since the 7.3 puts a bigger load on the tranny. Since it is an OEM for the V-10 it fits right on the bracket with no modifications. Your Woods tranny may already have the larger cooler. Good luck. I put the 6.0L 31 row cooler on mine years ago. Worked amazing.
rockwind1 11/29/20 05:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

“i have learned that this is the best way to get my tranny temp down) went about 50-55mph for maybe 15-20 minutes and got it back down to 145-150 degrees.” Another reason to slow down. I only do 65. The speed limit on that particular 2 lane is 70 mph. I call It the highway of death, because there’s so many Memorial crosses on it
rockwind1 11/29/20 05:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

Looking at your profile leads me to think you have a gage/sending unit problem. With a John Woods trans and a 6.0 cooler you should be fine. If the fluid is still pink/red I wouldn't worry, just keep an eye on it. Tuners are great for hot rodding, sometimes not so good for towing. I also had a 99 7.3. Gage went to 300 once towing on flat land. I was more than halfway to my destination so I kept going. Never happened again but I did put a trans in it just to be on the safe side. The original had 200K on it at the time. i hope so but i am not so sure and i agree on the tuners,, i got it to see if it would help with shifting. i am 56 so i do not hotrod my truck since i want it to last a long time. i only have the 4 tunes uploaded,, daily driver, fuel sipper, towing 65 hp, and towing 85 hp(which i never use) but thanks for the ideas, will looking into possibility
rockwind1 11/29/20 06:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

Never saw those temperatures after installing the 6.0 tranny cooler on my 99 Superduty 7.3 towing a 38’ fifth wheel. That 4R100 transmission is certainly not one of fords better transmissions . Google the fluid change on that 4R100 its very easy , and save yourself some money , I did it a few times during the nearly 16 years I had it . There is a great transmission builder in Arkansas that specializes in the 4R100 that will put your transmission problems to an end . Brian’s Truck Stop yes i have heard of him,,, at the time i got the john woods,, supposedly john woods was the west coast expert and brian was the east coast expert,, sadlly i am on the west coast so arkansas is long drive. it soundslike you have done fluid change yourself? how do you get the fluid out of the converter and cooler? never mind, i will google it. thanks
rockwind1 11/29/20 05:54am Fifth-Wheels
tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

i have F350 (details below in signature) been towing with it for 10 years approx. must be my year for problems. was coming back home and going up a very light grade i have gone up many times and as i got over it and drove for a few miles i looked over at my edge tunes 8 guage digital thing and the tft said almost 250 degrees!!,,i don't have it alarmed or warning light or anything and just keep my eye on it,, so not sure how long it was at 250. i have never had it that hot ever, it was running 145 ish the whole trip in these colder winter temps. anyway, i immeadiately slowed down,, made sure it was in 4th gear with tran lock symbol appearing ( i have learned that this is the best way to get my tranny temp down) went about 50-55mph for maybe 15-20 minutes and got it back down to 145-150 degrees. the only thing i can think of is that i am running gopowerhungry tunes, the hydrachip,, i have 4 tunes programmed in ( i used the edge consol only for a multiple guage setup) i have a 65 hp tow and a daily driver. i have forgotten to put it in the usual 65hp tow mode,,, i can't believe that would do it but something certainly did. i have had past history of minor probs with tranny,, when shifting down into 3rd gear, even with converter locked (according to lock symbol on guagae cluster) the tranny will slowly heat up. will also do it in 2nd gear with converter locked. the only place the tranny always runs nice and cool is in 4th, locked. it has never been a problem really, until now. recommendations or advice? just got home and will check tranny fluid tomorrow but suspect it will read at normal levels,, will inspect fluid and probly have it drained and replaced,, (good by 200 bucks) could it have been just due to the tune selection? engine temp was ok at 220 ish. my truck does have habit of getting engine temp up to 240 ish at end of longer grades. i usually watch my egt's and keep them 1200-1300 max, they normally run 8-900 i think ( i think this is pre turbo) truck description approximately: 2001 f350 7.3L 4 door LB SRW 4WD 6.0L tranny cool, 6.0L intercooler, ballbearing turbo, fancy turbo connections, banks brake (doesn't work) john woods tranny, 185K on engine. towing a 11k 33ft toyhauler
rockwind1 11/28/20 09:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: are my truck leaf springs shot? f350 2001 srw 4x4

The trailers pin weight plus other stuff in the bed and back of the cab can overload your F350 FRW 6300-6700 RAWR. RAWR = a tire/wheel/rear spring pack. We can't tell you if the rear springs are shot. I would say if its had a heavy truck camper on it all these years then I would think about replacing the rear spring packs ...or a air bag system. Like any truck/vehicle you need to weigh the axles when loaded. Then decide what action to take. I would also check with our truck camper forum as these guys/gals carry lots more weight 24/7 than the hitch load from a rv trailer. it has not had a heavy camper on it all these years,, probably 30k miles of towing my fifth wheel,, i do not know the pin weight.
rockwind1 11/16/20 08:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: are my truck leaf springs shot? f350 2001 srw 4x4

Along with the pin weight some info on the truck would be helpful. hi, sorry,,, i guess i should have, i edited my above post and here is info i have a 2001 f350 super duty diesel, 7.3L) 4wd 4 door SWR (single rear wheel) my gvwr is 9900 lb my front axle is 5200lb, my rear axle is 6830lb with my stock tires 265/70 r17
rockwind1 11/16/20 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
are my truck leaf springs shot? f350 2001 srw 4x4

when i lower my 33ft attitude toyhauler onto my b&w companion hitch,, my truck settles right at 3". it seems like a lot. i have a 2001 f350 super duty diesel, 7.3L) 4wd 4 door SWR (single rear wheel) my gvwr is 9900 lb my front axle is 5200lb, my rear axle is 6830lb with my stock tires 265/70 r17 i am very close to putting in an airbag system. my trailer had been angled forward when towing and putting too much weight on front axle i discovered. i raised my hitch to it's max,, but i still need another 1" or 2 up to make the trailer level. it is a higher than normal trailer suspension wise. will air bags keep my truck from sinking a total of 3" inches,,, with airbags,, do you want to inflate them so there is no sinking at all? or just a bit,, in my case about 1 1/2 inch would be just right,, of sinking that is . no, i do not know weight of fifth wheel "tongue" weight. my truck sits with bed higher than front when just normally unweighted. wondering if my springs have aged.
rockwind1 11/15/20 09:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: AIRBAGS WITH B&W COMPANION HITCH ADVICE?!

I have Firestone 5000 bags with a B/W Companion on a 6.5' bed 2500 2014 Ram with no problem. The hitch went in first and then I had the bags installed. They guy that installed them didn't say anything about any problems. I can't recall ever really looking at how close they are but I could snap some pictures if you need them. thanks! i appreciate it,, prob not necessary,,,, i am going to buy airbags soon and install. i am starting another thread with a related question
rockwind1 11/15/20 09:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaf springs new best brand triple axle advice

I would replace all springs and any worn hardware. Once I start tearing something down I want it right. Nothing worse than going back in because something seemed good enough to skip. I would have about 3000# springs (6000/pair) installed. When the work is complete get the trailer level. Well dang, I already ordered new five leaf a 3000 pound springs from etrailer, 25 1/4 inch Eye 2 Eye plus new U bolts and top plate. The shackles came from Dexter EZ ride system so I think I need to use them
rockwind1 11/12/20 11:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaf springs new best brand triple axle advice

Why would you even consider a "Shady" repair shop? Perhaps because its a lot cooler than a sunny repair shop? here is new video https://youtu.be/HKsM1k5WL_o
rockwind1 11/10/20 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaf springs new best brand triple axle advice

Why would you even consider a "Shady" repair shop? Perhaps because its a lot cooler than a sunny repair shop? so i rolled the front and rear axle up onto blocks about 3 or 4 inches high,, and the middle axle dropped down and made the equalizer move into a more neutral positon, here is video i think it is clear the front leafs have weakened so much, probably from me driving with the trailer tilted forward ( i had no idea this was creating a problem) that it is messing with the equalizers and also that flipped shackle messed up the one bumper. the question now remains, do i just buy a new pair of front leaf springs and a new bumper,,, or do i buy all new 3 pair of leafs and a front bumbper.
rockwind1 11/10/20 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AIRBAGS WITH B&W COMPANION HITCH ADVICE?!

2001 F350 air bags hi gary,, thanks for the link,,, did that airbag set up work with the older b&w companion hitch?
rockwind1 11/10/20 08:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaf springs new best brand triple axle advice

If the springs are flat I would go up about 1,000 pounds rated (pair). If you must just get the two I doubt it is a big deal. Are you sure it is not the flipped shackle that makes them look flat? If you can just get the weight off the springs and everything positioned right again maybe it is fine. Can you post some pictures? Well. I flipped The shackle back so it was correctly oriented and the spring went from having a negative curve to having more of a flat shape. The other thing that I’ve noticed over the years I never thought it was that big of a deal but maybe it is, my trailer has always been sort of angled nose down so to speak when I’m driving along in my truck, I think my truck leaf springs have slowly lost some of their capacity. I think I’m gonna get some airbags finally. But I wonder if not having the trailer perfectly level while towing has just put more weight on that front axle. It’s definitely not an extreme amount of unlevel Ness, but it is noticeable. As far as going up 1000 pounds, I really don’t know what the leaf springs are rated out right now, I was looking at the new leaf springs and they all have white ratings but I guess I’ll have to figure out what mine are first, I thought if you just went from a four to a five or a five to a six, it would just obviously be stronger. The guys at the Sort of RV shop recommended the six leaf springs instead of my four ok, finally was able to take some pictures,, hopefully i can put them on here. the flat springs are the front axle, the curved spring is the middle axle,, the messed up looking rubber bumper is in between the front and middle axles, this bumper looks messed up as it was the one next to the flipped shackle, the other side looks fine. the tag is on the front axle, i am surprised it says 5200 lbs when the trailer tag says 5080. the equalizer is inbetween the front and middle axle and it says dexter 13-144 i think the equalizer may be stuck in that position,, it has not moved,, could be a problem,,,thoughts for anyone? here is a youtube video of the pictures i took,,, could not upload them onto here https://youtu.be/Rxj7Q1vqNfY
rockwind1 11/09/20 08:17pm Fifth-Wheels
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