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Old 12-23-2007, 10:29 PM   #1
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About a few days ago my trans mission started to take longer to shift. Started freaking me out. Checked the fluid level about a few days before and it looked good (medium-dark red) but needed a little bit of fluid (1/3 quart) Today I looked and it was still level and all good. I'm REALLY worried right now. This is my ONLY transportation and I can't have it go out on me. Is there anything I can do to help it or is my transmission toast?
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Has the modulator ever been replaced? If you have a larger looking gray one, try replacing it first, especially if the fluid looks and smells good. Plus if you pick a new one up, most are adjustable and you can firm your shifts up to increase tranny life.

Also, how does your front tranny mount look?
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Modulator? Mount?

Sorry but.... I have no idea what they look like or where they are.

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Modulator - Cylindrical shaped "can" on the front of the trans. Has a hose that attaches to it.

Front mount - Right below said Modulator, attaches the front of the trans to the subframe.
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I'd get one anyways, just so that you can adjust your shift time. A modulator adjusted to shift more tightly will cause less friction and therefore will save your clutches. Don't you have a pretty high mileage car???
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[quote="petraman"]IDon't you have a pretty high mileage car???[/quote

Read Jake'* sig Peter

Jake, is that an original trans? Any other symptoms you might care to mention? Do you know when the filter was last changed?
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I'm not actually sure if the trans. is original (if it is I guess its lasted quite a while) The fluid was red when I got the car and for a while so I assumed it was recently flushed and serviced. Since I got the car less than 4500 miles have been put on the car....

Should I try a bottle of Lucas Transmission fix to help it?
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I am so freaking scared now! I went to look at the fluid level yesterday and there [--] much on the dipstick. Threw a whole quart after that. Now today I was running around to get some stuff. Stopped to get more fluid at advance auto. and my fluid was at the same level as it was yesterday. I threw 1/2 bottle lucas transmission fix and 1/3 bottle of tranny fluid. Everything seemed fine. Got home to check on more time, and its at the same damn level! I pour the rest of the lucas and tranny fluid in. Then I see this huge RED puddle under my car. I have a huge leak now. It seems fluid is leaking out as fast as I can put it in. I don't know what to do now. I'm BROKE until late January. No one to get a loan for (unless after my 18th birthday which is Jan 13th).

I don't know what to do... :(
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So yesterday I hooked up with my sisters boyfriends and we we're able to rig something up. Took a rubber hose out off of my mothers crappy 97 Concorde(doesn't run anyways) then we inspected the tranny line and found the leak. Which was a nice big crack in it. So we CUT off that part where the crack was and put the rubber hose on and clamped it on. Right now it doesn't leak! Hopefully it holds for 3 1/2 weeks until I get the $$ to get it replaced.
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I thought you already knew about the leaking trans line??? Remember the vid you took of it?


anyways, like said above, I highly recommend the adjustable vacuum modulator for your trans. Trust me, I have 193,000 miles on my '93 and installed one. Before the install, my shifts were very sloppy and took very long. After the install, it is like a whole new trans

Also, only costs about $15 :P
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