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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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4r100 install valve body and check balls

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I have a 2001 F250 7.3 4x4 4r100 trans. I'm the one who started the thread "another 7.3 blowing smoke". The smoke is gone, but during my first test drive, the trans wouldn't shift into 3rd. Reverse, 1st and 2nd work fine, so my SSA and SSB are working. I need to pull my valve body and check that 2-3 valve. No biggie there, but my question is about those check balls. I have the manual, I know what size goes in what place. When I drop the valve, all those balls are going to come out. How are you guys putting them back in from beneath the truck so they don't fall in your face? I'm thinking a dab of grease or something to hold them in place while I put the gasket and valve back in? What do you guys do?
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Re: 4r100 install valve body and check balls

Edit: vaseline can hold them in place

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Re: 4r100 install valve body and check balls

long or short, thick or thin. Vaseline will get it in

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Re: 4r100 install valve body and check balls

So first, when just taking the main valve body out to check the 2-3 valve, most of those check balls stay in the trans. I had forgotten that not only is there that big gasket, but also a steel spacer plate that keeps most of them in there. There are 4 balls that come out but they're easy to put back in on the bench.

I also didn't get a satisfactory "a-ha" moment when checking the valve. It seemed that the valve might have been stuck initially but started moving too soon to tell for sure, and I never actually saw any debris or anything. So, since I'm fairly certain everything inside the trans is ok, what's left is to put it back together and give it a go. I'll post up what happens.
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Re: 4r100 install valve body and check balls

been there done that! SOOO many times
I have a clean drain pan and paint filters we use to collect and filter the mercon V when the pan has to be dropped over and over for auto trans testing.... fluid is expensive!!
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Re: 4r100 install valve body and check balls

I'm using a clean bucket to catch the fluid. Then "dip" the fluid out with a cut up quart container. Hoping this lets whatever debris sink to the bottom and only clean fluid makes it back in. I installed a drain plug into the pan so draining is a little less messy too. A filter is a better idea though!
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paint filters work awesome for this

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Re: 4r100 install valve body and check balls

Valve body must have been dirty. Got 3rd now. Cheers!
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