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Ford F-250, Ford F-250 Super Duty, Truck
#120 of 1235 Re: Tranny Slip... [orangecrest]
Sep 16, 2004 (10:00 am)
Tranny. What engine do you have? 5.4L, 6.0L, 6.8L?
As far as the popping in the front end - it's a common annoyance. The ends of the spring leafs momentarily catch on one another as the spring pack flexes, hence the the popping noises. As far as I know it doesn't cause any damage .
Get under the truck and liberally soak the leaf springs around the tips of the springs with WD-40 or Silicone Lube spray. The popping will go away for a week or until the first rainy day, which ever comes first. Dealer can install "spring tip isolators" - pieces of plastic (teflon? I forget) Stops the spring ends from rubbing on each other. At least until the isolators wear through after 30-40K miles. I had mine done under warranty when truck was about 2 weeks old - my springs were making some noise, but the real culprit was that the mounting bolts for my crew cab weren't torqued correctly - that made real scary noises.
#121 of 1235 Re: 2004 F-250, RATTLE IN DOOR? [lj409]
Sep 16, 2004 (12:52 pm)
I don't have the Crew Cab, but the dealer had to re-align the doors on my 2004 F250 super-cab in the body shop. They were rattling when I went over bumps in the road. Fine now.
#122 of 1235 Re: Brake pads [mullins87]
Sep 16, 2004 (1:03 pm)
Jim sorry I never got back to you on this issue. Regarding the recent question from "michaelsmith"; I did try backing up a hill, then rolling forward in neutral. It didn't make any noise (that I could hear). It still makes the "snap" sound when I apply any torque forward with the engine after backing up. I've asked everyone I can think of, the best we can come up with is that it is coming from either the tranny, or the transfer case. In case you're thinking about the hubs, mine are manual. We've also watched the front shaft - no movement. Still at a loss here. I'm waiting to leave something in the road one day. Hopefully Michael got an extended warranty too -
#123 of 1235 Re: Brake pads [jf067]
Sep 16, 2004 (5:57 pm)
Well, you're on the right track. It would just about have to be in the tranny, t-case, U-joints or differential. I don't remember much about your situation. How many miles on the truck? I'm assuming you have an extended warranty? Unless it's getting worse, I'd most likely drive it like it is. I've driven vehicles with strange noises for years. Most I could never locate and none ever seemed to cause any damage.
#124 of 1235 Re: Tranny Slip... [wpalkowski ]
Sep 17, 2004 (12:12 am)
That would be a 5.4L...
Thanks for the info on the leaf springs... Everytime it pops my heart skips a couple of beats.
I'll check that out.
#125 of 1235 Re: Tranny Slip... [orangecrest]
Sep 17, 2004 (3:12 pm)
Glad to help on springs. As far as tranny, not sure. Asked about engine, just to know which transmission you had. DIesels had different auto for your year (Torqueshift). The V8 and V10 gassers had a different one (4R100?) .
Just a long shot, you've said you had 4x4. Is it auto or manual? Could you possibly have the hubs unlocked, but have the transfer case engaged? You might be feeling the extra spinning mass of front drivetrain in that case, it may be soaking up a little of your engine power on acceleration.
If you're that worried about transmission, have a transmission temperature gauge installed. That's the best bang for your buck as far as being able to protect your transmission. Heat is the biggest enemy - if you keep it cool (<225 degrees) then you should avoid most common transmission failures for a long time. If you do tend to run hot (your 5.4L probably hunts for the right gears more than my 6.8L), you can also add a supplemental transmission cooler if need be. Although, after '00, they increased the cooling from the factory, so unless you're towing I kinda doubt you'd need it.
#126 of 1235 Re: Tranny Slip... [wpalkowski]
Sep 18, 2004 (11:27 pm)
I probably should install the gauge, because I do tow a trailer, only about 4K total...
The slip is probably in my mind... If it isn't I will probably find out in the near future... LOL!!
#127 of 1235 Re: Brake pads [mullins87]
Sep 20, 2004 (2:09 pm)
Iíve got just under seven thousand on it now, but Iíve been hearing this noise since I picked it up. It has never towed or been driven hard, so whatever it is, it canít be due to excessive wear. The dealerís ears are deaf to it, but friends will look at me like ďWhat the ____ was that?Ē when weíre driving. I think there is a bug in the tranny or case, but I am resigned to driving it until I find the problem the hard way -
#128 of 1235 Re: Brake pads [jf067]
Sep 20, 2004 (5:32 pm)
I know what you mean about the dealers ears being deaf. My wife has a Windstar with 45k on it. From day one the engine has made a knocking noise at idle up to about 1,500 rpm's for the first 10 to 20 minutes of run time. I have had it in the shop several times and the dealer says he cannot hear any noise. All I got to say is that I'm gonna keep bugging the crap outta him so that either they'll give up and fix it or they'll almost have to fix it when it breaks.