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 Post subject: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:17 pm 
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An interesting one that i need some help with. Just the last couple of weeks the transmission has started doing something strange and it only appears to be when its cold. Car starts fine but when i put it into either reverse or drive the gear doesn't engage at first. Rev it a little and after a while it picks up and kicks in. This only happens whenever the car has been allowed to cool right down, rest of the day its fine. Any theories? Kms on the clock 218 000 and just recently changed the transmission fluid at about 210 000.
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:22 pm 
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fluid level i reckon...how much did you put back in it?

mine does the same only when cold...gets a bit of a slip as well. again only when cold and usually when I go round a corner...happens for about the first 5 minutes each day then fine

 

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:42 pm 
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definatly low on oil.
these boxs are pretty sensetive to low oil. even 500ml.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:05 pm 
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Yup....if you paid for the service take it back get them to check the level and for any leaks..if you did it yourself find yourself 4 car stands cause its a prick without that filler tube...god bless Ford for their forward thinking on that one!

 

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:30 pm 
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or do what i did and get your box re built with the earlier dipstick case,cheating is good :twisted:
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:33 pm 
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now that sounds like a good idea...ive thought about getting creative with some copper tubing and some plumbing fittings...on the to do list.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Thanks for the tips everyone. My question now is will it damage the transmission operating it as it is, assuming that the fluid level is slightly low??
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:00 pm 
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Landau510 wrote:
now that sounds like a good idea...ive thought about getting creative with some copper tubing and some plumbing fittings...on the to do list.


last i heard the newer boxes still have the threaded hole for the dipstick, just with a filler plug in them.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:31 pm 
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Thanks for the tips everyone. My question now is will it damage the transmission operating it as it is, assuming that the fluid level is slightly low??


Short answer: yes

If the fluid is that low that the gears wont engage, risks are:

Overheating

Frothing of fluid leading to overheating

Incomplete converter engagement leading to (yes) overheating

All of which equals $$$$$$$$$$
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 Post subject: Re: Falcon EL 1998 Transmission Issue
Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Benny D wrote:
Landau510 wrote:
now that sounds like a good idea...ive thought about getting creative with some copper tubing and some plumbing fittings...on the to do list.


last i heard the newer boxes still have the threaded hole for the dipstick, just with a filler plug in them.



Nah dont think so on the E series...the the filler plug is on the side...for a dipstick to plug straight in the hole it would need to be on a horizontal surface so the dipstick would actually work the same as one that rolled out of the factory with one.....sure the dipstick would work putting an elbow where the filler plug is but at best with the right level you get to see fluid maybe 5mm up it.

Has anyone else bothered to put a dipstick/filler tube on a BTR?...if so what did you use?

 

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