Ford F250 Crew Cab
is my work truck.
It’s pretty good. OK, it’s not a hot rod. Ford uses this 6 speed transmission. It will accelerate if you run it up to 4500 rpm. Frankly I don’t do that because it sounds like it wants to fly apart.
The door seal attachments are not exactly what I would call Ford-tough. It has little plastic push in things. The front of the passenger bottom door seal came loose. That lets mud and little pebbles from the dirt and gravel roads in there which could damage the seal. So I cleaned it all out. The head on the front push in thingy had broken off. I pulled it out, found a sheet metal screw in my garage with a big head and screwed through the hole in the seal provided and into the hole in the door. Now that sucker might be Ford-tough.
One day I was on 101 just north of Garberville when I realized I forgot my turn-off. So I made a u-turn from a fairly hard slow down going down hill and took the other off-ramp (using my official vehicle exemption of course). I saw a cloud of what I thought was steam in the mirror (it was cool, damp and foggy). When I parked it nearby at the worksite we noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. That scared me. I opened the hood but no fire. We eventually determined some transmission fluid had pushed up out of the dipstick tube. I checked it following the instructions in the manual and found it full. I didn’t think to look at the dipstick to see if it wasn’t seated before I pulled it out but I made sure it was seated fully when I was done. The transmission temperature gauge showed about mid-range too (OK). We did our task and when that was done the smoke had stopped. I had our mechanic at Willits look at it and he said there didn’t appear to be any leaks so we determined it must’ve been a one-time event. Strange that was.
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