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1990 E350 No Go!!!

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1990 E350 Ex Ambulance. Has 63K Original miles. Thanks to all that got me up and running with the Glow Plug issue. You have tons of knowledge and experience. Have routinely been starting in -30 degree weather mornings!

Last night driving along going up a slight grade, lost power. Sounded like gurgling or cavitating (if that makes sense) Got over to side of road and stood on brake. Shifted into reverse, drive (all ranges) nothing at all. So I had a friend tow me home.

Next morning, no go any gear. Engine just revs up. Fluid is bright and clear red color, no burnt smell. Just looking for guidance. I did check Ring and pinion, its OK (did find bad u joint though!). I believe its the E40D. Called local tranny shop (over the phone diagnosis is $2800, Ford is $2300 plus labor, and Ebay has ads for $1000-1300.

ANY SUGGESTIONS, hate to think it may be something stupid. Convertor only? best way to driveway Diagnose? Really don't want to stimulate economy that much. ANYONE HAVE ONE FOR SALE???

As usual, ask all questions and thanks in advance!!!
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Before dropping big dollars let's see what went wrong....... did you check for possible codes set by the trans. Are all the linkages/cables connected.....

Check all the trans electrical connections especially the one on the right side with the tin cover, remove the tin heat shield, remove the solenoid connector by pushing on the center tab and pulling up on the wire harness. To install push down until a click is heard. Always reinstall the tin heat shield.

Your looking for corroded, bent or missing pins and water etc.......

Any flashing light on the OD on/off switch....... is it bright or very dim check at night.


EDIT... OK you have the flashing light constantly.........

The vibration may be the center hanger bearing if you have the 2 piece driveshaft.

Is the ambulance a 4X4...... ie with Transfer case?????
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