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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2017, 10:34:15 PM »
I got to stop by the garages auto parts store as I was in that area taking my father IL to a DR appointment. It was only about 5 miles out of our way to drop by the store.  When I started to explain to the fella the situation, he kinda interrupted me and said he ALREADY talked to the tranny shop owner and was told to give me the best battery he had that would fit in my vehicle , IF I came in there. And he ALREADY KNEW the battery I needed.
I left with a 1000 amp, 850 CCA ,  1 year warranty. ( $115 cost to the tranny shop at their discount )  I THINK Thats actually a better battery than I had, ALSO with a better warranty than sears gives.  As it was in the evening,, I didnt bother going by the shop  as they were closed.

But another reason I really do believe the OWNER  knew absolutely NOTHING about the battery swap in my vehicle.

So it was either a honest mistake by a tech, or a dishonest tech  fully knew what they were doing.

I kinda believe the latter,, but,, whatever.  The owner certainly made it right IMO.  :thumbsup1:
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2017, 09:21:23 AM »
I worked a a transmission rebuilder for over 30 years, 10 of which was running my own shop, before going to work in a prison. I worked for several shops and quit them all because 99 percent of them had one thing in common - they were sorry thieving criminals. They would sell people parts they did not install, or even repair a linkage problem, clean the pan off and the bolts around the trans and charge for rebuilding it. It was bad! When I had my shop I had to bear this burden and was accused of all manner of rip offs I did not do. But that's beside the point. I'm sorry this happened to the OP and don't really know how you could prove anything, but I would sure file some kind of complaint about it.

I've never known transmission fluid to turn gray, but I haven't seen everything I guess. Good luck, and one other thing, as far as disconnecting the battery ( not stealing it) I did it on every car because that would make sure no hot wires you had to disconnect for the starter or elsewhere would ground out and burn the car and your shop down.

Funny thing later in the prison I was asked about tranny work all the time and even what it was like working in that field. I always said that most of the people I worked for should have been locked up in here!

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2017, 06:18:10 PM »
Well, I'm glad the wrong is being made right, AND without the unpleasantness of going to court. That's a double win because court f***ing sucks, man.

I kinda figured something fishy was going on that wasn't the shop owner's fault, which is why in my O.P. I was kicking around the ideas that maybe it was a mix-up and not completely his fault. I guess even though we found out it's still technically one of his guys' faults, let's hope it results in the shop owner finding the turkey responsible for the trickery and deceit and kicking his butt to the curb; I'm sure there won't be any love lost between him and the other mechanics once they find out he's bringing suspicion on them all.

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« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2017, 07:04:08 PM »
Lawd, that would piss me off. If you paid with a credit card cancel the transaction. When they call to ask why tell them you have photo's prior to and after the alleged repair and theft of property and fraud is a criminal offense and the next call is to the SO or PD and Better Business Bureau and do it if need be. LEO's may not bother to take a report but sometimes a good bluff works. Go on social media and rag the hell out of them. May not help other than to give you some peace of mind.

Be careful doing that. One of my customers did that and I was able to lawfully repo his vehicle under Texas laws.

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« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2017, 08:08:19 PM »
OK FOLKS,, the ford sagga continues.  :th_nuts:

The vehicle was having touble starting.  Sometimes she cranks right over, sometimes it acted like the NEW 1000 AMP battery was dead. Alternator needle showes 10 volts.

LONG LONG story short,, I came to the conclusion it was a ground problem.

Here the HACK at the shop had removed the tranny and didnt unbolt the ground cables to the frame and body, and tore them off the frame and body,, and DIDNT replace them.

After 2 days of cussing, laying on a creeper with a light, and much looking, I figured that out.

Partly figured out because I had to remove the starter because the one small positive wire was installed WRONG, and had been bent up around and was dead shorting on the side of the engine block.

That combine with 2 missing ground straps, had the whole damn vehicle screwed up and not starting, or charging.

The good side was, by removing the starter, I could see that there WAS a NEW torque installed, and also found the short remnant of the ripped off ground strap. ( which would have NEVER been found with the starter ON )
So as an experiment,, I took jumper cables, hooked both of the one end to a good ground on the engine. I then hooked the other two ends,, one to the negative battery post, the other to the fender well.

WAA LA,,  The alternator needle jumped right up to about 14 volts, and the vehicle cranks right up no problem.   

The good side,, While I had the starter off, I took it to an old timer who rebuilds starters, and already did the alternator,, he said the starter AND new battery were fine, The starter run like a champ and looked nrand new inside. The "other battery they had installed at the shop when mine dissappeared, ALSO tested fine.

Ive come to the conclusion, that one of those mechanics, ripped my ground straps off by getting in a hurry, and when the vehicle didnt want to start right, he decided the battery was no good, then installed another battery. ( which of course DIDNT fix anything)

So their error, cost them a brand new 1000 amp battery, PLUS a cheap tractor supply battery,, ( which Im going to thrown in one of our farm tractors.  :thumbsup1:  )

I got two new braided cable ground straps to install in the morning. One from the engine to the frame, one from the tranny to the body.

So I HOPE I got this crap figure out FINALLY.  :bangheadonwall:   :th_thicon_question:

If not,, I may be in the market for some tannerite and maybe borrow TXAZ's  BOOMER.   :th_thicon_lol:
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2017, 08:49:57 PM »
OK FOLKS,, the ford sagga continues.  :th_nuts:



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If not,, I may be in the market for some tannerite and maybe borrow TXAZ's  BOOMER.   :th_thicon_lol:

As long as you buy the ammo and clean it afterwards.

P.S.  Did you want a feral pig to go with that?  :scream3:  :scream3:  :scream3:


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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #26 on: October 24, 2017, 09:01:59 PM »
LMAO..


,,,,, YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT ? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Sure, a couple big stinky feral hogs in the back seat would do nicely.  :thumbsup1:

I dont believe there has ever been any big fat pigs in the back seat,,,, at least NOT that I know of,,,,  :th_thicon_lol:
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2017, 05:56:50 PM »
BTW, the ground straps fixed ALL the starting/charging problems.

I grounded the bell housing ( engine and trans ) to the frame on one side, and the body on the other.

Works, charges, & runs like a champ since.
Funny how a couple missing ground straps can screw something up so bad.

Ive been keeping a close eye on the tranny since. Yesterday, I back it out of the drive and when I put it in drive, it done nothing.  1st, 2nd, & drive all acted like it was in neutral.
Then back to reverse, nothing.
The fluid showed a quart low on the stick. Just hardly touching it. Added a quart, seems to work fine. DONT seem to me a tranny should act like that from just 1 quart low???
Pulled the plug in the transfer case, it was NOT over full.
But its bone dry underneath, so Ive no clue where the fluid went. Called the shop to verify WHAT kind of fluid they installed, so to make certain NOT to mix it. They want it back in the shop. But I dont think Im going to play that game. Let the wife run it another week or two and watch it. She only sometimes puts 50 mile a week as it is an extra vehicle. I started running it some too just so I can keep an eye on things. With winter right around the corner, it will be needed some by her for snow days.

Still might want to try the "BOOMER" option.  :P

I guess they dont call em a ford exploder for nothing.  :bangheadonwall:
The auto parts guy said I should feel lucky,,
SUV wise, Jeeps are the worst, and dodges are 2nd in his opinion from selling parts.  :facepalm: 
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2017, 07:03:33 PM »
I'm sorry man....I never got past where you said you put a "tranny" in your car...I stopped reading right there!!  :whutsign:

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2017, 07:48:51 PM »
I didn't know you could buy a tranny at a shop.  I thought most were in the closet.

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« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2017, 10:18:07 PM »
YEAH, you guys are REAL FUNNY.

Howd we go from putting two big fat smelly hogs in the back and blowing it up  :thumbsup1:   to talking about weirdo's from the gay bay?  :thinker:  :facepalm:

SHEESH.  :th_nuts:
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".

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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2017, 10:54:23 PM »
YEAH, you guys are REAL FUNNY.

Howd we go from putting two big fat smelly hogs in the back and blowing it up  :thumbsup1:   to talking about weirdo's from the gay bay?  :thinker:  :facepalm:

SHEESH.  :th_nuts:

Why do you ask, did you want to put two big fat trannys in the back and blow them up, instead? :)

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2017, 09:56:15 AM »
Yeah, man, YOU brought up the tranny!  :P

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« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2017, 08:10:20 PM »
Boy did this thread go to hell inna hurry.  :facepalm:    :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol:
Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

There are two kinds of people in the world my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. YOU DIG.  " Blondie".

Well, any man that wouldnt cheat at cards for a poke, dont want one bad enough. " Gus".

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2017, 05:12:25 AM »

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Re: Not politics,, but a gripe and complaint for sure.
« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2017, 09:40:24 AM »
miketx,

Make my tranny a 5-speed ZF, behind a 7.3 NAVISTAR 7.3 liter diesel & installed in an "old-school" Ford F-250 PU..
(I'd also like a pair of custom headers/pipes/mufflers in 4" diameter, to attach to the engine to improve its breathing.)

yours, satx
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« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2017, 10:57:30 AM »
miketx,

Make my tranny a 5-speed ZF, behind a 7.3 NAVISTAR 7.3 liter diesel & installed in an "old-school" Ford F-250 PU..
(I'd also like a pair of custom headers/pipes/mufflers in 4" diameter, to attach to the engine to improve its breathing.)

yours, satx

People have done similar things before with good results. I knew a tool man with one of these:



...a ford delivery van that his motor went out. It was a 460 V8. Well he got it back and I asked him how the repair went and he said 6000 dollars. WTH? He opened the hood and showed me a 2003 model Chevy vortec V8 with a GM 4L80E OD transmission. He had to take the entire power train control module and wire harness and put in in the old van and it ran great.

As far as ZF transmissions, I never liked them. They cost too much to work on. I only worked on a few of the 5 speeds and older BMW's with the 3 and 4 speeds.

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« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2017, 04:26:19 PM »
miketx,

In my experience, the ZF manual 5-speed for PU is nearly BULLETPROOF. = One of our club members took one out of a wrecked school bus, put it into aF350 & ran it over 299K before the body rusted out from being 6 months a year in MN.

Fwiw, I'm looking for an early-model F250 with 5-speed ZF (to replace my 1990 that was stolen) to keep forever (IF I can keep it W/O getting this PU stolen, too). = I've owned TWO low-mileage/one-owner IDI F-250 PUs with the 7.3  in  <3 years. = One TOTALED while it was parked during the Summer Olympic Games by a drunk driver & the 1990 stolen in AUG17.

So I'm looking for another low-mileage, 1-owner F250 diesel with 5-speed to restore to "factory stock".

yours, tex
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« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2017, 07:48:10 PM »
The main thing that kills well made standards is running out of lube.

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« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2017, 08:55:25 PM »
miketx,

The Ford Owner's Manual for F250-450 state that ZF transmissions need preventative maintenance every year, to include changing the oil.
(When I buy my next F250 diesel, it will have its annual maintenance done first thing, as I have no idea whether it has been done yearly or NOT.)

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