overfilled transmission: what effect?
My F-150 is a '97, 4.2L, Auto Trans, 2wd with standard cab and full bed.
I would like to know what to expect with an overfilled tranmission. I just returned from the shop (see below). What a nightmare. I lost 2nd gear after driving 3 miles. I limped home the remaining 3 miles in 1st, at 20 mph.
Needless to say, when I got home I checked the transmission fluid level. It appears to be overfilled. The level is at the high end of the dip stick cross-hatching.
Would an overfilled transmission cause the vehicle to loose 2nd gear?
Here's the gory background.
I didn't know it at the time but I've been slowly loosing transmission fluid. This past Wednesday morning, after a 20 mile trip to work, and as I put it into reverse to back into a parking space, the transmission (or torque converter) began to make a grinding sound and the truck lurched back and forth. Later that day, during the ride home, after less than a mile drive, the grinding noise disappeard and I was left with a noticable, but somewhat minor, lurching problem. This time it occurred when I would take my foot off the acceleartor at 60 mph.
Thursday morning I checked the transmission fluid level. It was down a pint and a half. After topping it off the lurching problem remained.
Later that evening I drove the 6 miles to the shop. The lurching disappeard.
The shop drained and refilled the fluid and reported a significant buid up of metal on the plug.