I just bought a 1998 5.9 last week. Runs great, sounds mean. I am having some major problems with the trans.
Background: I know the guy I bought it from and he lost reverse gear last winter pulling people out when we had a blizzard, but still had all of his forward gears. He took the pan off and adjusted the bands, he got his reverse back and the forward gears still worked.
Right now I start it up and put in reverse...and wait...and then thunk, it goes into gear. And it does the same thing in forward, basically feels and sounds like im neutral dropping the transmission. I think I might even have whip lash from it falling in gear.
The weird thing is it kind of goes in and out, one second its going pretty smooth, and the next it acts up. I've checked the fluid and level and we're look'n perfect there. I'm getting embarrassed driving this thing bc I look like a jackwagon dropping this in gear everytime I come to a stop.
I've read up on adjusting the bands...a little but not much. I also wanted to know if anyone has a write up on the cable that runs to the TB...mine has slack and I was wondering if thats my problem.