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Old 09-06-2006, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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noise from torque converter area?

since i got my 99 f350 it has made a noise from the torque converter area. it was taken into ford when it was new and they said it was supposed to sound like that. i have seen alot of 99s out there with the same motor and they do not sound like that at all. it really makes me mad when a lady working at a local drug store tells me my truck needs some major work when ford told me it was perfectly fine and not to worry about it. it has been good and still strong after 140k but i would like to get stop the noise seeing that it is very loud. im sure someone here has had or has this problem and i would like to know what i should to or need to do inorder for this thing to sound like a real power stroke. please help wiht whatever feedback you can.


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Re: noise from torque converter area?

A rattling torque converter is not uncommon on the 99-2000 trucks.
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

why is that was wrong with it?
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

The torque converter should have been replaced under warrany years back. But more than likely someone/previous owner took Fords word, it's normal, and took the truck back thinking so, so they didn't change it out. The rattleing your hearing is the converter clutch. The noise dissappears when the clutch is locked up(hwy spped) and then will come back once your speed has dropped below 40mph or there about. I'm surprised it has lasted this long, but the only fix would be to drop the trans and replace the converter. There is/was TSB(technical service bulletin) out on this issue many years ago, back in 12-98 and should/could have been fixed on Fords dime. The truck is so much quieter with the rattling gone. Rich
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

Do you think even now I could go to Ford and if it wasnt done previously could I atleast get a new torque convertor... not installed but atleast get the part for free? Mine is a 4/98 model and its loud as a hell.
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

You're joking right? Sorry not a chance. The time to get it replaced was several years ago now it will be on your dime. PM a member named Richter69 he knows a lot about our trannies and recommends a good converter for around $400 if I remember. You can spend up to $1500 on one of these, so listen to what Richter tells you.
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

John's converter is 595 delivered last time I checked.
I know a good source for Suncoast converters at a good price too.

We had this discussion a while ago and I'm at the conclusion that I would not buy an expensive aftermarket converter and put it in a stock transmission.

If you're planning on making big power, you need a built tranny anyway, if not, a NEW stock unit is designed to work with the stock internals of the tranny and will do so just fine.

I don't know about the UCC one's Richter uses or Suncoast, but a the Precision Industries converter used in BTS applications has a greater torque multiplication than the stock converter. This can and will kill the rest of the stock tranny, especially at higher than stock hp levels.
So then you have a $1200 converter that just destroyed your tranny, and you can't reuse it cause it's most likely junk because of the tranny dying.

I know Richter should be able to set you up with something that is good for a near stock application, and I can check on Suncoast specs if you're interested.
I guess my point is, choose your converter carefully.

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Re: noise from torque converter area?

thx alot. do u guys think i should replace the converter now or just wait for the tranny to go out. it has 140k
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

Im in the same boat I am 100% sure its the t/c and now that I know that's my problem I am saving my $ for a t/c. I will be interested in how it turns out for you. I am just having a hard time finding someone in the va. beach va. area to do good work on my 99.5.
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Re: noise from torque converter area?

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thx alot. do u guys think i should replace the converter now or just wait for the tranny to go out. it has 140k

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That's a tough one. I just replaced mine last year for the same reasons but I only have 70k on my truck. I just got tired of everyone telling me there was something wrong with my truck. Since I changed it is like a new truck and I love driving it again. I can go through drive thrus without shutting down.
I just went with a stock converter from powerstrokeshop.com and had a local shop change it for $300. I think it cost me total of $650 inlcuding all new synthetic fluid.
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