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2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty Question: BLINKING O/D LIGHT ON COLUM SHIFTER

 

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LSCGODDESS98, 7.3L V8 Diesel Turbo, Moriches, NY, December 22, 2010, 06:11
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HEY EVERYONE,IM GINAMARIE.
WE OWN THE FORD F-350 SUPER DUTY DULLY DEISEL CREW CAB.FOR 3 YRS OR SO..IT AS APPX HAS 170K MILES ON THE CLOCK NOW AND BEEN NOTICING SOMETIMES WHITE SMOKE AT START UP AND A STRONG ODER ALONG WITH IT(NEVER B4),STEERING IS SLOPPY TOO MEANING TOO MUCH PLAY SIDE TO SIDE AND ALIL LOOSNESS WHILE STEERING,STEERING PUMP WAS FIXED RECENTLY DUE TO THE FLUID SPURTING OUT AND CREATING A MESS ALL OVER THE WHEEL WELL ANYHOW..SO WE REPLACED THAT NOT LONG AGO BUT NOISE CAME BACK ALL FLUIDS ARE TOP'D OFF PROPERLY..IDK WHATS GOING HERE.NOW RECENTLY MY OVER DRIVE LIGHT IS BLINKING ON MY SHIFTER AND NOTICIN IRRACTIC BEHAVEOR UPONE LEAVING A RED LIGHT TO A GREEN LIGHT AFTER 25 TO 30 MIN(NEVER B4) OF DRIVING-I HAVE A MESS OF PROBLEMS ALL AT ONCE-SO DOES ANYONE EXPERIANCE ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS?IT DRIVING US CRAZY.CAN ANY EXPERIANCE KNOWLAGABLE TECHIE OR OWNER HELP US OUT HERE-WE HAVE BEEN REPAIRING THINGS AND IT COMES BACK.WE LOVE THE TRUCK..BUT NOT THESE THINGS

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    December 22, 2010, 22:48
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    HI Ginamarie,

    Let me try and briefly address some concerns.

    White smoke at start up - this really depends on the kind of smoke it is and the odor. Probably need to have a first hand look at this by a tech who can give you an opinion. If it's got an oil burning smell, it could be that you have some crankcase pressure issues developing from wear and tear. Have the crankcase pressure checked - should be very low like 1-2 inches of water, max 3 or 4.

    Steering - sounds like a steering box adjustment is in order. You can adjust them to tighten the free play. At some point, it will not adjust further and a gear is in order. Attempt adjustment first. Naturally check to make sure you do not have any issues with loose steering componets (tie rod ends, pitman arm, idler arm, etc...)

    Overdrive light - this isn't good news for you. The transmission has set some failure codes in the processor's memory. You need to have a test done to pull codes and see what's going on. Could be slippage detected, transmission termpature issue, shift solenoid issues, etc. Most often, the flashing light indicates a serious issue that will not be a simple fix. That, plus the fact we're talking about the 4R100 transmission behind a 7.3L Diesel...and the fact there are 170,000 miles... not looking good for the transmission. Have a test done to assess the failure codes.

    To sum up - all hope is not lost for this truck, but you do have an uphill battle or two. Happy Holidays...

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