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TK4 Noise

bilbo

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Location
North Dakota
Vehicle Year
1983
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3L
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
0
Total Drop
0
My truck had a TK4 transmission and it was making a noise like static on the radio. Up until a few weeks ago it would only do it for a while in the winter when cold and clear up after a few miles. Now it’s a fair bit louder when cold and hosts down, but doesn’t go away after any length of driving. I figured it was on its way out so I grabbed a TK5 from a local guy to replace it with but it whines pretty bad and the oil gets really foamy. I’m guessing it’s shot, unless I missed something.

So which is worse, whining or static noise? I need to try to get through the winter before major repairs so I need to decide whether to chance the TK5 or put the TK4 back in while it’s not ridiculously cold.
 


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bilbo

Active Member
Joined
Oct 29, 2016
Messages
396
Reaction score
211
Points
43
Location
North Dakota
Vehicle Year
1983
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
2.3L
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
0
Total Drop
0
I drove the truck to work yesterday with the TK5 and the noise quieted down a little bit over the half hour trip. It’s louder in 1, 2, & 3. I can hear it in 4 and 5 but it’s more subdued. Still seeing foamy gear oil. I might try some synchromesh fluid I have lying around and see if anything improves.
 

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