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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:27 am 
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after tonights cruise up smokie mountain, on my merry journey home i was driving rather slowly.... ah hell i was giving it a canning 1:00 cbd melb no cars :) , almost got home (last corner) gave it a slide and then my econ light started blinking on the dash, dash temp was just under the L of normal, when i stoped at home 10 mins ago, the thermo fans were on (VERY odd on my car)

what does this little symbol mean?

i assume gearbox troubles, low oil, or hot???

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:54 am 
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have u checked all ur fluid levels?

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:40 am 
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Indicates transmission sump temprature is too high (not related to engine/radiator temp) - (as above) check fluid level, service auto, fit oil cooler, revise driving habits..

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:42 am 
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Indicates transmission sump temprature is too high (not related to engine/radiator temp) - (as above) check fluid level, service auto, fit oil cooler, revise driving habits..
haha revise driving habits lol

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:13 am 
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thats def the car telling you the trans is too hot, do as Holbrookau saysn service it ASAP (as you have either emptied it or cooked the living crap out of the oil and its dead) and if you want to drive it like that still then fit a auto cooler up front of the rad.

i remember in the fbt if econ flashed it meant that it was in learning/adaptive mode - a good thing instead of this bad thing haha!

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:09 pm 
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sorry to thread-jack, but what are the standard ford oil coolers like that came with thetow packs?
where are they located?
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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:30 pm 
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ill check the levels, hope a light top up will do it, as i REALLY want to fit my manual gearbox, spose thisll make me do it VERY soon now huh :)

as for revise driving habits, bwhahahaha hahahaha :)

p.s. complety OT, std oil coolers are mounter in front of the aircon radiator, from mem there inline with the std radiator "trans cooling"

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:51 pm 
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Yes rush, cpost on re: location and plumbing of the trans cooler.

Lol.. yeah, you cooked that transmission dude :) Get the oil changed ASAP. Of if you're converting to manual... now is the time to do it :)

Got a dippy on that tranny? Have a look and a whiff...

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:53 pm 
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will go have a sniff :)

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:44 pm 
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ok, gave it a drive (light) around the block, checked oil...

it was way over the full mark and thin, smelt like playdoe, so i assume the oil is shot.

so all funds are being diverted to the manual conversion :)

it should be right for light driving for a week or so right????

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:30 pm 
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What colour was it? Tends to go brownish if its been cooked, compared to its usual strawberry red colour.

Going by your description of the odour... sounds pretty toasty :)

As for whether it's ok to drive... well, if the fluid level is ok - that's a good start.

The trans will be hating the burnt fluid, but then, those who dont notice such issues drive the things around for months with burnt fluid :)

You'll prob be fine, but obviously cant guarantee it...

Can tell when an auto isnt happy. If it slips, if the gear changes are too firm or too soft... then be very cautious. Keep an eye on the fluid level.

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:56 pm 
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but hey, if that manual is coming soon, have some fun and cook it properly :D

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:06 pm 
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no ill try to keep damage to a minimum, so i wont be mean to it, yeah oil was blackish ah well.

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but hey, if that manual is coming soon, have some fun and cook it properly :D

Waaah! Why does everone hate Autos!! 'Sok, it's a BTR, just give it a week and you already whine through first and into second... cheap a** s**t. :p
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ok, gave it a drive (light) around the block, checked oil...

it was way over the full mark and thin, smelt like playdoe, so i assume the oil is shot.

so all funds are being diverted to the manual conversion :)

it should be right for light driving for a week or so right????


meh i was driving my powerglide for a month lol before i converted to manual

 

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