Ford E-150 Parts And Ford E-150 Accessories
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The Ford E-150 full-size van has had its share of technical problems over the years since its inception in the early 90s, of which most are centered on the transmission. From fluid leaks to shifting issues, transmission problems have been the bane of Ford E-150 owners. The following are some of the most common transmission problems associated with the transmission of Ford E-150 vans, and how to address them:
A frequent complaint in E-150s with automatic transmissions is excessive vibrations while driving coupled with leaks at the rear of the transmission. This is typically caused by lack of lubrication to the rear of the transmission and the failure of the rear transmission seals. The fluid supply hole located at the rear transmission housing can become clogged without regular cleaning and cutting off the flow of lubricant to this end of the transmission. Over time, this will cause the seals to dry out and crack and the bearings to fail. Replacing the gaskets and/or transmission housing should be able to fix this problem along with regular inspection and cleaning of the fluid supply hole.
The transmission fluid leak has also been known to occur in front of the transmission bell housing and is often accompanied with difficulty in shifting. This is usually caused by failure of the front pump seal of the transmission. The seal has been reported to wear out around 144,000, causing transmission fluid to leak out. If the leak is not fixed immediately, the transmission will start to overheat and cause more serious damage to its components.
If you notice any leaks on the transmission bell housing or any part of your E-150\'s transmission, have it inspected as soon as possible. And if there is a leak in the housing, the front pump, seal, and transmission filter has to be changed and the transmission fluid flushed and replenished.
E-150 transmissions have also been known to overheat due to excessive weight. The E-150 has a gross weight limit ranging from 6,000 to 7,500 lbs. depending on the model year and package, and carrying or towing anything beyond this weight will put a lot of strain into the transmission\'s moving parts and cause them to overheat. Inadequate transmission maintenance as well as low or contaminated transmission fluid has also been known to cause the transmission to quickly heat up.
E-150s with automatic transmissions have also had a history of being difficult to shift from one gear to another, particularly to the first gear and reverse. In some instances, there is simply a delay in between shifts or the gear or there is a noticeable resistance when switching from one gear to another.
Problems in changing gears can be due to a variety of factors, including worn one-way transmission clutches, manual lever position (MLP) failure due to water intrusion, or a broken throttle valve cable. It is strongly recommended to have the transmission inspected by a mechanic immediately once these problems pop up to prevent further damage to the van\'s transmission.