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Old 02-11-2011, 09:31 AM
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Default Not shifting into 3rd

May have blown tranny, engine, or both.

Ive had this truck since August and never drove more than 30 miles in one shot. It normally gets driven 15 miles to work than 15 miles back home 5 days a week. I always have to give it gas for a few minutes to warm up before it idles on its own.

On Wednesday I took a 280 mile trip. Trip lasted between 9am-4pm with 8 stops approx. 15 minutes each. So basically the truck was on constantly 7 hours. During the last 50 miles I noticed quite a bit of vibration from the steering wheel and also felt it from the floor pan. My ears aren't all that great but it seemed to be coming from the front right. The vibration seemed to go away at 30mph and below.

I was tired when I got home so I just shut it off and waited until Thursday morning to look at it. I didn't find anything obvious. Checked front tires and rotors. Checked oil, radiator fluid, etc. They were all good. Oil and filter were changed on Monday. Oil was still clean.

When I went to start it I wouldn't idle no matter how warm it was. I haven't done any major work on the engine but am positive there are several gasket/seal leaks. A quart of oil is required every 2-3 weeks. Almost every cylinder leaves oil on spark plug threads.

I decided to have a quick drive around the block. Engine still has plenty of power but just quits at idle. On one road the speed limit is 45mph. This is where I discovered I couldn't get into 3rd gear. Shifting from 1st to 2nd was smooth but no 3rd gear.
[edit]There doesn't seem to be the excessive vibration at the moment, but then again I wasn't able to get up to speed where the vibration was happening.[/edit]

I got back home and checked the tranny fluid. Level was where it should be. Still red in color and didn't seem burnt.

Anyone have any input to what may be happening?
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: Not shifting into 3rd

So, I was finally able to take a look at the truck today. I noticed a hose came undone. Connected it up and engine was able to idle within a minute or two. Took it out on the road and was able to shift in to 3rd. Just a simple hose had me thinking the truck was gone. LOL
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:38 PM
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Default Re: Not shifting into 3rd

Damn missed the thread. Glad to know it was just some hosing and nothing serious.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:08 PM
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Thanks. Also, the vibration I was experiencing during the last 50 miles of the trip is gone.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:09 PM
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lol, good to go.
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