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03-02-2011, 02:20 PM
I towed my Sailfish 2660 home today for the first time to do some spring work. I have a 2000 Ford Expedition with 120K miles for a tow vehicle. When I got home with the boat, (90 miles) it was leaking transmission fluid. It has stopped now but I need help understanding what happened. Did I ruin the trans or did it just overheat? All suggestions are welcomed. Wife thinks I did it on purpose since I have threatened to buy a new truck.

03-02-2011, 10:06 PM
install an aux cooler

03-03-2011, 04:23 AM
The first thing I would do is install a tranny temp gauge. :thumbsup:

Where was the fluid leaking from? It's possible the trans was just overfilled and the extra fluid leaked out when it got a little hotter than normal. Check the fluid level and condition (does it smell burnt?).

03-03-2011, 05:43 AM
I do not think the transmission was overfilled. It was hard to see where it was leaking but was before the pan. I will check to see if there is a burnt smell to the fluid today. Hopefully the answer is as simple as a temp gauge and a cooler. Thanks

03-03-2011, 05:59 AM
If the fluid leaked out like that, then its most likely you overheated the transmission. I would suggest you get the fluid changed right away (because running with the now damaged fluid will further damage your transmission) and hope that you didn't do too much damage to the transmission. Then get a trans temp gauge. Take a trial run and see how much the transmission heats up towing the boat. If it exceeds about 220, then you need a trans cooler (or a better trans cooler).


03-03-2011, 06:10 AM
It overheated. It's common when plowing snow with Fords. Like the others said install a cooler and I'd change out the fluid and filter as well.

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