Hello to the group
This is a 1996 Ford f250 all stock, except electric pump and air filter. Also runs on WVO
The truck is in Coyhaique Aysen, in the chilean Patagonia, not a lot of mechanic around here, and this is the only 7.3 powerstroke around with an E40D, so parts are difficult to get. I mostly order and import trough Amazon or ebay what double the price of everything.
The truck start experiencing transmission problems 3 weeks ago, the transmission was jumping into neutral, actually was not into neutral, cause I checked with a scanner and the gears was ok, but was kind not engagig. Stop and start the engine will fix the problem for a while.
Pull the codes with autoenguinity and got p0708, order and replaced neutral safety switch, inspected and tested wires- and fluid that was dark brown but didnt smell burn. When dropped the pan there was a lot of small metal debris, the magent was full. So I replaced the fluid and filter cause was about time to do this (full atf
replacement by Mark Kovalsky procedure)
The truck came back to life... transmission was smooth and good for a week.
Today I drove up a steep hill and the truck did the same, jump into neutral .
This time the fluid was dark with signs of very small metal debris ( 1 week new fluid), but didnt smell burnt, i drove it for 5 milles until I got to a friend house, and now I know the truck is not going anywhere. it take some time to enagage, and sometimes it doesnt engage at alla, the engine revs and feels like is in neutral.
Pull the codes and this time shows me p0708, p1728
I want to know the opinion of the the experts because there is not a lot of options in this area, no mechanic for automatic transmission, no rebuild shops.
I was reading in other post this might be a torque converter issue, if so, should I go and replaced only this part plus new filter and fluid?
Should i try to get a used transmission (small chance) or should I buy a rebuild kit and try in the next big city? (very , very expensive option)
Also I ordered a new alternaor cause the old one was frying my batteries (alternator is on the way among with new batteries) i dont know if this can be related to this problem.
Any input is higly appreciated