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Old 05-16-2006, 03:55 PM   #1
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Ok, so I've noticed some problems these last few days with the transmission reving to high RPM'* before shifting from 1st to 2nd. Also, there has been a hard shift or bumb as I put the shifter into the Drive position. This has only been happening for a few days now.

Now, this morning I try to put the car in Reverse...but nothing happens...it acts like it'* in Neutral. I tried to put it in Drive...again, the same thing. I tried all the gear settings and each one acted like neutral.

The car has 180,000 miles on it...so, it'* been a good ride. Is the Transmission gone? Does anybody have any ideas for me to try before taking it to a mechanic to get an estimate...???

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I hope someone knows something I don't, but it sounds like gonesville to me... :(

You can get a good rebuild with HD parts and you'll be happy with it, but you won't like the price. Depending on where you go and how good the shop is, you should expect to pay somewhere around $1700-2100 for it from what I've seen here.
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Check the vaccum hose going to the modulator from the engine.....check the voltage on the TPS. if those check out you could be talking a new/rebuilt transmission, then you have to decide whether to put $2000 in the car (what its probably worth total) or buy another.




I'd check the votage on the TPS though, if you have a DMM it is a 5 second job, just turn the car off ignition on and put the probes on there, check the idle and WOT readings and everything in between.


vaccum hose is from the engine to the trans on the driver side.
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Is the fluid level proper? Does it have a burned smell? What is the color of the transmission fluid?
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Hey Guys,
Thanks for all the quick helpful replies. Yeah, the fluid level was full and the color was a good red. I didn't have any voltage meter so I ended up just towing to my mechanic and having him check it out.

Bad news...

Transmission is completely out. He'* making some calls now to see how much a rebuild would be. His shop doesn't actually do Tranny work...so this should be interesting.

I'll leave a message with the quotes he give me...

As for the car...it truly has been a good vehicle for me and my family. Luckily, about 2 months ago it got nailed with hail (Missouri weather) and the insurance adjuster totaled it out. So, instead of letting them take it...I just took the insurance money...and got myself a Salvage title for it. So, basically, I've been driving on borrowed time anyway...hehehe!

Thanks guys!

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Sorry to hear about the trans, Chris.

Make sure you ascertain the reputation of whatever trans shops your are considering. A cheap rebuild by a questionable operator will cost you more in the end.


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ok, the mechanic called back with the damage...

he found a tranny with 120,000 miles on it...and a place he trusts to install it.

Total price after the smoke clears: $1473.97...

So, more than likely we'll be moving on to another car...bugger that! And the wife wants to get a Mini-van...ugh! Too many kids, I guess. *laughs*

Talk to ya later,

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