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Old 07-20-2014, 12:58 PM   #1
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I have a 2002 F150 with a 5.4l, ~175k miles. My transmission recently started acting up. Runs fine when cold but 20min after start it slips in 3rd and 4th when going uphill or if applying more than a little power. 1st and 2nd work fine but once it's warmed up I can't climb in drive. Had the transmission flushed about 6months ago.

So, am I looking at a new/rebuilt tranny or is there something to be done with this one?

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Reman or rebuild is about your only option. You could try to change the fluid again, but it would only be a bandaid for the larger issue.

Moving parts wear out unfortunately.
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So about how much should I expect to pay?
I see one on monstertransmission.com for ~$1650. Will I need a new torque converter as well? How many hours labor should a shop charge to do the install?
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At 175k, do you plan on doing any performance mods? How long do you expect to drive it?

A reman or rebuilt stock trans will outlast the truck if it's stock. No need to get a performance trans. A rebuild is a 8-12 hours book labor and $600 for stock rebuild, replacing only failed hard parts and worn softparts. Typical independent shop price will be anywhere from $1700-$2500 to get you back on the road. My reman at the dealership was $3600, though it was under warranty and covered.

Yes, absolutely replace the torque converter. If it fails (it's a common part to fail) you'd have to pay labor to pull the trans again to replace it. Spend the $100-200 now or risk another $1000 or so to replace it later if it fails.
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I got mine from transdepot on ebay,comes with a tq converter and shift kit for a little over $1000. They sell it as their stage 1 trans.
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I got mine from transdepot on ebay,comes with a tq converter and shift kit for a little over $1000. They sell it as their stage 1 trans.
Man a grand seems kinda cheap for a built trans. I hope she holds up for you especially with the power your gonna e putting down.
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Man a grand seems kinda cheap for a built trans. I hope she holds up for you especially with the power your gonna e putting down.
Its got a 3 year warranty I think. I'll have to double check,but I think its 3 year unlimited miles. Anything that lasts 3 years with me is amazing quality.
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Its got a 3 year warranty I think. I'll have to double check,but I think its 3 year unlimited miles. Anything that lasts 3 years with me is amazing quality.
Hahahaha that is a terrible way to look at it things. At 2yrs as 10 months you should grenade it.
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Thanks again guys!


Looks like I need to do some more shopping around. At least now I have a better idea what I need. Better to have a little knowledge before going to the shop. Definitely will get the TC replaced while the trans is out. I'd like to keep the truck going for quite a few more years, but I only put less than 4K miles per year on it.
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Hahahaha that is a terrible way to look at it things. At 2yrs as 10 months you should grenade it.
In a year and a half I've broken a cv axle,2 fuel lines,a bed,3 drive shafts,a few brake lines,5 sets of brake pads,5 coils,2 pairs of shocks,an engine,a transmission,lift blocks,2 fuel pumps,2 fuel injectors and I'm probably forgetting stuff.... oh yeah,two or three flange yokes too. Actually three pairs of shocks. Front pair went,then the rear went and right after they were replaced the axle broke loose and killed them.
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