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Old 03-05-2007, 01:47 AM   #1
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I just finished the engine / transmission replacement on my 95 se ... I have a few questions:
1. the fans don't kick on .. engine temp was over 200 and still didn't kick on
2. how much fluid does the trans take? I pulled the pan and side pan and drained the radiator, new lines, and drained as much out of the torque converter? I put two gallons in it and it still shows low???
3. how do you adjust the shifter so that when you are in drive the indicator is in the drive postion, also the indicator doesn't go down to first gear???
4. I threw a check engine light but it might be due to some split rubber vacume connectors ... Can you buy the "T" and "L" shaped vacume rubber connectors in a advance Auto or Pep Boys type store??

Thanks for any help ... Lefty
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Fan temps to kick on are 215ish for the low speeds, and 225ish for the high speeds. Check the relay if they don't come on. I think the third from the passenger side IIRC(don't bet on me though)

Trans fluid. It takes the amount it takes until full. Since we don't know how much you emptied.. it'* impossible to say. However..I hope you refilled the torque converter before reinstalling it, otherwise, you are probably going to have to remove it and refill. Another indication is that when a pan is dropped and service done, the trans takes close to 2 gallons.

Check Engine light.. need you to get the codes read to further help more.
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I just turned the torque converter upside down in a pan and let it drain .. probably got a pint out of it .... You are scaring me ... I didn't refil it before I installed it ... Someone told me that it is impossible to drain them totally. The car seems to drive / shift fine .. doesn't the pump push fluid into the torque converter which would fill it up? So far I put two gallons of fluid in it but it is still a bit low on the stick ... I did put new lines and drain out the radiator before I installed it.

I really don't feel like tearing it apart again ...
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The transmission does fill the TC and it does take a little more than 2 gallons of trans fulid to refil after a filter and fluid swap.

If it is shifting fine, that you shouldent have anything to worry about, but do not run the trans low on fluid.
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My '95 SE took 21-22 pints of fluid after draining the TC as you did, and removing both pans, so you have added, what, 16 so far. Sounds normal to me. Just add a little at a time with the trans warm and idling until you are up to the line.

Re the shifter stuff. Chilton'* 28200 explains the procedure for indexing the neutral safety switch at the transaxle with a 3/32" drill bit, and gives the details for adjusting the shift linkage control cable.
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THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE HELP ... IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Bill .... I don't know what Chiltons 2800 is?? I don't have that manual ....
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Chilton'* 28200.

Should be available locally. It covers the 87-99 H bodies. Including the Bonneville. Should be under 20 bucks. Mine lives in the toolbox. I leave the FSM'* in the house.
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