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Most Common Reasons Why a Transmission Slips

Updated on January 8, 2017

We all know what an automatic transmission is, basically—very basically, at least—so I'm not going to bore you with the details about how it converts power from your engine into power at the wheels. But you should know that the process involves plenty of hydraulic fluid as well as gears and clutches.

If you don't know why your car’s transmission is slipping, I just might have the answer, though you may not want to hear what I have to say.

The cause of a slipping transmission will depend on the type of transmission you have in your vehicle. There are three types of transmissions: automatic, standard (or “manual”), and CVT (continuously variable transmission). I will discuss the two most common types, automatic and standard.

Why Is My Automatic Transmission Slipping?

If you have an automatic transmission and it "slips" while you are driving it—that is, the car engine revs without the power going to the wheels—the most common cause (though not the only possible cause) is low transmission fluid. If the slipping is caused by low fluid, it will get worse as the transmission gets hotter.

Why Is My Manual Transmission Slipping?

A standard (“manual”) transmission uses fluid too, but leaks aren’t a common issue; a standard transmission could lose all its fluid and never slip at all, though eventually it would lock up while driving down the road. If you have a standard transmission, and it’s slipping—the engine revs but it doesn’t transmit power to the wheels—the problem is usually in the clutch.

Further down in the article I discuss how to diagnose this problem.

Sounds Like Low Transmission Fluid to Me

If Your Automatic Transmission Is Low on Fluid

The next question is, why? Probably because you have a leak. Maybe you have noticed red transmission fluid in your driveway or your parking spot at work, but it didn’t occur to you that it came from your car. The cause of your leak is probably a failure of one of the seals that keep the oil inside the transmission (though there are other places the transmission might leak). How many seals the transmission has depends on whether you have a front-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, or rear-wheel-drive car.

If you do have a seal that is leaking, and you catch it in time before it damages your transmission, there’s a chance it might be relatively cheap to repair. Seals themselves are not expensive parts, but depending on where they are located, it might take a lot of labor to replace them.

Transmission Axle Seal: A Common Site for Leaks

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An axle seal might cost you about $20. It's the labor that kills you. An axle seal that is not leaking fluid.Axle seal inside the transmission, with the axle removed.A typical axle seal leak.This axle seal is just starting to leak.A great view of the axle going into the transmission. You can see the transmission fluid starting to leak down the transmission case.
An axle seal might cost you about $20. It's the labor that kills you.
An axle seal might cost you about $20. It's the labor that kills you. | Source
An axle seal that is not leaking fluid.
An axle seal that is not leaking fluid.
Axle seal inside the transmission, with the axle removed.
Axle seal inside the transmission, with the axle removed.
A typical axle seal leak.
A typical axle seal leak.
This axle seal is just starting to leak.
This axle seal is just starting to leak.
A great view of the axle going into the transmission. You can see the transmission fluid starting to leak down the transmission case.
A great view of the axle going into the transmission. You can see the transmission fluid starting to leak down the transmission case.

If you have the leak checked out by your mechanic, and he tells you it’s just your axle seal, it could just cost you for a couple hours of labor, and you could be back on the road in a few hours if the parts are readily available. Axle seal failures are common, and the dealer will usually have those seals in stock. But if it's your input shaft seal, plan on leaving your car for a day or two, and expect the labor cost to be upwards of eight to ten hours.

Input Shaft Seal: Another Site for Leaks

Leaking input shaft seal.
Leaking input shaft seal.

This photo shows an input shaft seal leak. To replace this seal, the transmission needs to be removed from the car; this job can get costly.

Be sure to check your owner's manual on how to check your transmission fluid.
Be sure to check your owner's manual on how to check your transmission fluid.
Typically you fill the transmission through the dipstick tube, using a small funnel.
Typically you fill the transmission through the dipstick tube, using a small funnel.

Checking and Topping Off Automatic Transmission Fluid to Prevent Slipping

If your transmission is leaking, you will want to fix it. Meanwhile, if you must drive a car with a leaking transmission, you should top off the fluid.

Check your owner’s manual to see exactly how you should check your transmission fluid level. Some manufacturers will want you to check the transmission fluid level when the engine is warmed up and running with the transmission in park, other manufacturers like Honda will have you check it with the engine warmed up but not running. So be sure to read your owner's manual, DON'T GUESS!

If your transmission fluid level is low and not showing on the dipstick, add transmission fluid--the proper transmission fluid. Each car manufacturer uses a specific fluid. If you use the wrong fluid, you could damage your transmission internally, so again, check your owner's manual. Fill it to the top line on the dipstick and then drive it to your mechanic.

Note: Sometimes when an automatic transmission is low on fluid and you top it off, air pockets develop inside the transmission that keep the fluid from getting to all the parts of the mechanism. After adding the fluid, I suggest that while the car is running, you move the shift lever through the different gears on the shifter selector, and then check the fluid again. Running the shifter through the gears redirects the fluid to different parts of the transmission and removes the air pockets. You may have to do this procedure several times, or even drive the car around the block, and then recheck the fluid level.

Note: I do not recommend using additives that are supposed to stop leaks; they can plug up the transmission. Use the automatic transmission fluid your car manufacturer makes.

How to Check Your Transmission Fluid

Other Fluids That Leak From Cars

If you are concerned about other fluids besides automatic transmission fluid that seem to be coming out of your car, here's some useful advice.

Clutch disc and pressure plate. The clutch looks like it blew apart. If you ride your clutch it may look like this.
Clutch disc and pressure plate. The clutch looks like it blew apart. If you ride your clutch it may look like this.

Common Cause of Manual Transmission Slippage: Worn-Out Clutch

If you think your clutch is starting to slip, you can try a stall test. Put your car in third gear and try starting off like you would normally, as if you were in first gear. If your clutch is working properly, letting the clutch out all the way should stall the car. If, however, the clutch is slipping, the engine RPMs will rise, the car will slowly start rolling, and you will have a smell like burning paper coming from the engine compartment. When a clutch starts slipping you will smell it. It’s like the smell of overheated brakes.

There are many reasons why a clutch would slip, but the most common reason is that the clutch is worn out. A clutch disc can last anywhere from 20,000 to 200,000 miles—it all depends on the way you drive—but like a brake pad, it’s a consumable item, and will be used up eventually, leaving the parts grinding metal-on-metal. If the clutch disc is worn out, you need to replace it, generally also along with the clutch plate and one or two bearings. If you don't replace a worn clutch in time, you might have to replace the flywheel (the big chunk of metal next to it) as well.

Riding your clutch—that is, leaving your foot on the clutch pedal when you aren’t using it—can really eat up a clutch disc fast, especially if you drive in hilly areas. Just being a newbie and learning to use a clutch for the first time can cause a lot of wear and tear. Learning to drive on a standard transmission can end up costing you money if you don't get the hang of it quickly.

Then again, clutches slip for reasons not related to wear and tear or abuse. If your input shaft seal is leaking gear oil onto the clutch disc, this could very well cause a slipping clutch. Another common reason for a slipping clutch is a faulty or damaged pressure plate. The pressure plate is operated by a high-tension spring. If for some reason the pressure is not distributed evenly over the clutch disc, the clutch will start to slip.

Blown Clutch: It's Completely Worn Out

I Appreciate Your Questions!

There are many possible reasons for a slipping transmission and I could not cover all of them above. If you have any questions just leave them in the comment box below. If you find this article useful, do share it on Facebook or Twitter (see buttons at top of page).

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      Eddie Carrara 2 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Frank,

      I'm not really sure, but it sounds like you have a problem with fuel, is this carburated? Does the engine idle properly? What exactly happens?

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      Frank Jones 4 days ago

      I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota 5 speed, it works fine in winter, but stops pulling when weather gets hot, why.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jo,

      It sounds like it's an internal problem, like the valve body or something. It may be a good idea to have someone at a transmission specialty shop take a test drive.

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      Jo 2 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I have a 1989 Gmc jimmy. I was driving at around 40-45 miles an hour when the transmission dropped down a few gears. No check engine light, no fluids on the ground, it didn't overheat. I came to a stop then drove again it was fine until a certain point then it dropped again. Any idea?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Christine,

      I recommend having the fluid and filter changed first. Your transmission could be low on fluid, the screen could be clogged, or the rubber o-rings may be damaged on the pick-up screen. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi CED1969,

      The mechanic will pull a code from the computer and it should give them an idea of what went wrong, it could be a lot of things, but most likely a coil or spark plug. Let me know what the code is and I can tell you what the most likely problem is.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Suzie,

      Have you checked the transmission fluid level yet?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maude,

      I recommend checking the coolant first, if it's low, you'll need to find the leak. The engine got hot which tells me that your coolant is possibly low.

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      Christine 2 weeks ago

      I have a 2003 Dodge Caravan. My transmission slips into neutral when I first start it up in the morning, when braking hard, and when making U-turns. After it warms up, it drives fine, unless a sudden hard brake, or, while raining and doing a U-turn. It has never slammed into a lower gear, only into neutral. Is there a solution other than rebuilding the trannie? Thanks!

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      ced1969 2 weeks ago

      Hello. Yesterday morning I had the oil changed on my 2002 Honda Accord (manual trans). It's an old car and has 112K miles on it but has driven just fine until last night. I was in 5th gear on the interstate, heading up a hill and all of a sudden I lost significant power and my check engine light flashed three or four times and turned off. I downshifted to fourth and had no issues. Later that night I was in 3rd going about 40, again up a decent grade, and I started to hear a clicking sound (maybe gears slipping?), again lost power and had to downshift to 2nd. It wasn't perfect but it was way better than the power I had in 3rd. No check engine light that time though. I'm taking it in to the dealer tomorrow but am hoping for some advance insight if you are able to speculate. Thank you!

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      Suzie 3 weeks ago

      2012 Chevy colardo will not move in reverse unless flooring the gas pedal and hesitates when you are making a turn inside a garage

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      Dustin 3 weeks ago

      1999 Dodge Ram 1500 4x2

      Shifts ok but when up to speed and then I give it enough throttle to downshift, it just shifts out of gear and revs (or the gear it drops into is slipping?) Also shifts a bit late out of first if I am accelerating a little too hard. Also I have to put it in neutral and wait about 30 seconds before driving because I think the torque converter drains when sitting.

      Thoughts?

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      Jo ann 4 weeks ago

      I was drving my 2014 at about 60 mi per hour. The TMC failed and the transmission down shifted to second gear. There was a noise and an extreme jerking that went on. I took it to the dealer and they reset the computer. They did not check it out any futher to see what may have caused the computer to fail.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Scott,

      I'm not sure I understand what you're saying or asking, do you have any more details?

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      ken Bravo 4 weeks ago

      My Toyota Yaris 2007 automatic goes into neutral after the 3rd gear. checked the fluid and no leakages... it also shift hardly from 1st to 2nd gear. so am managing to driving it in gear 3 beside D so it doesnt shift more than 3 and that means i dont move above 60

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      Mike 4 weeks ago

      I drive a manual., went into first gear a little too abrupt and lost a lot of power. Pulled over, turned off the car, turned it back on and everything was fine. Could it be transmission slip or something else?

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      Scott 4 weeks ago

      I have a2001 crownvic p71 and when im driving and use the defroster it sounds like it goes Into nuetral and does a weird jerk when I try reverse..

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Laron,

      Check your coolant too, if your coolant is contaminated as well, the trans cooler at the bottom of the radiator has failed most likely. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Reggie,

      Sounds or like a shift solenoid problem or debris caught inside the valve body. I recommend a transmission specialist at this point.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, that sounds like you on the right trail.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tyrone,

      Are you sure it's the transmission and not an engine problem or clogged catalytic converter problem?

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      Laron 5 weeks ago

      My Mitsubishi FEHD drives for a minute or two then revs. If I turn engine off for a minute then restart it will drive again for a minute then do the same thing..... is there a transmission pump the moves the fluid that could be bad or filter? I changed the fluid twice and topped it off. It looks milky like water got in there. Even when I drained and refilled it it looked the same. Can tranny cooler leak water into transmission?

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      Reggie 5 weeks ago

      My 2005 armada is automatic and when I get in in the morning i put it into drive and it goes right into gear and has no other problems. But the rest of the day it will not go into first when put into drive. So I have been putting it in first to get it started moving then I put it in drive and when I stop at lights all the gears seam fine . Our problem is when I start in drive I'll sit there for about two min be fore moving. I tried a transmission flush but it was no help

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      Tyrone crear 5 weeks ago

      Ok I have 2005 f150 and my truck just won't change gears when I hit 40 mph it's slows down but wen I put it in over drive its drives like nothing wrong with

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      curt 5 weeks ago

      i have a 1994 k1500 5.7 4l60e tranny, just rebuilt 15000 miles ago, wire harness touched block melted some wires running to tranny. i now have to shift to move. it goes into gear hard when it does go into gear

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      I'm not sure Zulu, you'll need to get help from someone who can test the transmission on your Kia.

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      Zulu 6 weeks ago

      Kia sportage 2007 automatic gearbox stops suddenly while driving and doesnt want change gears and tiptronic not work wat could be the problem changed torque converter still having the same problem

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jackson,

      I recommend having the clutch checked. Did you do a stall test? Put the car in 3rd gear and try to start from a stop, if it stalls, the clutch is still pretty good. Let me know what happens.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rene,

      I recommend having one of the mechanics go for a ride so you can point out the problem. Have you checked the fluid level yet? That is a good starting point because when you on a hill, the fluid level is uneven, so if it's low, you could be losing pressure.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ed,

      If you're looking to have someone crack open the transmission and replace parts, you may want to seek help at a transmission specialty shop like Aamco. My thought is if you going to remove the transmission and pay the labor to crack it open and replace parts, it's more cost effective to replace it with a reman with a warranty. It would almost be the same cost.

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      Jackson 8 weeks ago

      I have a 2006 V6 manual mustang and while in 5th gear I was pressing on the gas pedal and it started to rev rather than gain speed. I did not smell any burnt what so ever but I want to know if my clutch is burnt or what could the problem be

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      René 8 weeks ago

      I have a 2010 Mazda 3 automatic with intermittent slippage, ( over revs to 4k- 5k and lurches) only when starting on a hill. We are talking neighborhood speeds. Transmission has been flushed, TCM and Stability control module have been replaced and the problem returned twice at two weeks out of the shop. Spark plugs have been changed. What else could the dealer be missing? They haven't been able to replicate the problem.

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      Ed Jennings 2 months ago

      I have a 2008 Nissan Altima with a CVT. Had the fluid changed and the transmission seems to be slipping. I understand the CVT mechanics so my question is can you just change the primary clutch of a CVT or do you have to replace the whole thing? The Nissan dealership said we had to replace the whole thing but Im pretty sure they are just trying to get us for $3000+. It runs ok when its cold but once it gets warm it jumps or rather won't "shift" so what are ur thoughts? any info is appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Oscar,

      I recommend having the vehicle checked first by a reputable mechanic or transmission specialist before you start guessing at what is wrong, you may spend money unnecessarily. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Oscar 2 months ago

      I have a Honda accord 2002 and yesterday I used a scanner to see what was wrong and the code p0700 came up also when I drove it the other day I always put it in third gear since it's automatic and when it's was trying to change gears the car shook a lot and then changed gears it also stop going I pressed on the gas and the only thing going up was the rpms and it was still on third gear I was thinking it might be the transmission solenoid since that hasn't been replaced yet at all transmission should still be good since it was rebuilt in 2010

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      I'm going to recommend bringing it to a transmission specialist. It's possible you could have bent something internally when you hit the shifter or there may be a problem in the valve body. I recommend double checking everything in the cab because it just seems like you may have bent something or dislodged something when you hit the shifter.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Patrick,

      Usually, when a transmission problem comes and goes like yours, it's caused by some electrical issue. Is the check engine light or any other warning lights on?

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      Justin 2 months ago

      I tried shifter cable and changed transmission fluid and cleaned filter screen and no help, any more suggestions?

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      Patrick C. 2 months ago

      I an 04 Grand Prix GT (4T65E Trans) the trans shifts fine and randomly starts shifting hard between gears especially in the city, but when I restart the car after letting it sit for 5-10min its stops hard shifting and comes back after more city driving. Now the new trick is this weird shuttering I'm getting on the fwy around 65-80mph. I checked the fluid and appears normal and lastly I get this weird (straining noise) when I'm in an enclosed space and hear the car. I'm running out of ideas and wanted to know if you guys might have an idea?

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      John 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie..i have a 95 jeep Grand Chero...v-8..while driving i get a complete power loss from automatic transmission..doesnt feel like it slips out of gear..just complete power loss..i changed fluid and cleaned filter very good..altho i know to replace but wanted to see if clogged filter was problem...worked great for cpl days less than 100 miles..same thing..loss power...in all the gears i go through..as i shift bk n forth and accelerate i get power bk momentarily then loss happens again..any advise...thx john

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      Tim Coombs 2 months ago

      Hi

      I have a chrysler voyager 2.8 diesel auto . Seems to be fine in drive but when i but it in reverse it hardly moves and feels like the brakes are on . All fluids checked and fine .

      This happened over night . Fine on Thursday but friday morning it was difficult reversing from the drive .

      Any ideas pls . 99000 miles .2005 .

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Ok Sounds good Justin.

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      Justin 2 months ago

      Thanks for the reply, I checked shifter cable inside cab and it was fine, will check transmission cable tomorrow when I can see better, I did notice today it has a transmission fluid leak will see where at tomorrow hopefully. It was sprayed all over carrier busing and on bottom of trans pan

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      It sounds like your transmission cable is out of adjustment so when you have it in drive or any other gear, it's not in the correct gear. I recommend checking the shift cable from end to end to see if it has come out of one of it hold downs or brackets. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jake,

      This is a tough one because your vehicle has a lot of miles on it and it's possible the transmission failure is a coincidence. Do you have proof they used the wrong transmission fluid? Once a transmission has an internal failure, the fluid can become burnt in an hour depending on what has failed. I recommend getting a second opinion from a transmission expert like an AAmco transmission shop or someone who specializes in transmission repairs, this will give you the proof to present to Jiffylube that they have caused the issue. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Justin 2 months ago

      I have automato 00 frontier, I was driving 55 and hit shifter into neutral, now when put into 1st gear I can put gas to floor and it barley moves, when put into drive it will start in 2nd gear and not change gears, reverse is hardjerk when put into but works, I got p0731 code, is there anything I can do at home to try?

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      Vicky 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thank you for the replies. I will check with Mitsubishi.

      As you had indicated previously, it might be an internal leak, I will also check the local Authorized Mitsubishi service center's capability to fix that.

      Thank you.

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      Jacob Kiser 2 months ago

      hey I have a 1987 Chevy s10 blazer 2.8 liter 4x4 that I took to jiffy lube to have fluids rotated and changed. atf being one of them, I drove my truck yesterday and had absolutely no problems, started her up today and she hard shifts into (reverse), then hard shifts into (Drive or Overdrive) but 2nd whines, and well as reverse. I suspect it to be the filter, which should have been replaced. you know better. oh plus she used to shift into 2nd at 15mph now she shifts only from 1st to 3rd at 40-45, strange enough the transmission will downshift into second. I have never had this problem until jiffy lube she turned 30 last month abd ran like a top and now I'm having problems vehicle has been properly maintained and has 267,000 miles on it, jiffy lube told me it's from my transfer case chain heating up and stretching, I did research on their claim, and from what I found that information is false, I believe they are trying to cover up that they damaged my transmission and dont want to pay for my transmission to be fixed due to they're negligence, I also know they used the wrong fluid because it's burnt 7 days after being replaced with new fresh atf. email me at Jacobmkiser@gmail.com put Chevy s10 in the subject so I can find it. I need your expertise.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vicky,

      Then I recommend bringing it to Mitsubishi for an estimate on a remanufactured transmission direct from Mitsubishi.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gift,

      Is the engine slowing down, or is it revving higher and the vehicle is not moving any faster?

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      Vicky 2 months ago

      "Hi Vicky,

      I would have to say that would not be an easy fix. It definitely sounds like an internal transmission problem."

      -- that sounds bad :-(. Any suggestions?

      I do not wish to lose the factory fit and finish....

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      Gift 2 months ago

      Hi I have Corsa utility diesel 1.7, my first gear losses power on hill especially on traffic. what might be the problem please help. it runs ok once it starts moving.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ron,

      The mass air flow sensor would cause your engine to run like crap and usually stall. It sounds like maybe they didn't have enough fluid in the transmission when you took it the first time and topped it off on your last visit. I'm not positive about the fluid, but I'm positive the mass air flow sensor was not your shifting problem.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vicky,

      I would have to say that would not be an easy fix. It definitely sounds like an internal transmission problem.

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      ron s. 2 months ago

      had transmission rebuilt and seems it slips at times when coming from stop to first gear..automatic transmission 2000 ford mustang..they say nothing wrong that they see then say it was master flow sensor..is this possible

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      Vicky 3 months ago

      Eddie Carrara

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      "Hi Vicky,

      It sounds like your transmission has an internal leak This could be caused by debris or a failed part inside the transmission. Are there any warning lights illuminated on the dash?"

      Hi, thanks for the reply. No warning lights at all. If I shift to D mode shortly after cold start, the gearbox engages with unhealthy jerk and starts rolling forward with hesitation. In 500 meters, N starts flashing with gear locked to 3rd. After which I need to stop and wait for 10 -15 minutes, when the reverse engages and in 10 more minutes D starts engaging very smoothly, post which the gearbox works ultra smooth.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      Is there any unusual noises coming from the transmission?

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      John 3 months ago

      I have a 1990 Honda accord and my autamatic transmission want move in any gear any ideas PS I've changed the transmission fluid three time

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      It's possible you first gear clutch pack is leaking pressure internally.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Erica,

      If you smell gas every now and then, maybe your engine is the cause of the bucking and jerking. If your engine is not running properly, it could be causing the gas smell.

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      Harry 3 months ago

      I have a 2000 ford Ranger 4x4 with auto. Has drive, 2nd and lo. It slips a little only on first start up in a forward fear. I back out my driveway with no slip and then put it in any gear and it slips until it shifts then all shifts afterward, even at lights are ok. I have change filter and fluid but it didn't help. Any ideas.

      harry-meyers@att.net.

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      Hello 3 months ago

      I have a Ranger slipping on startup only. Doesn't matter what gear I am in Drive , lol or 2.

      It slips a little not a lot. After 1st shift it is ok.

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      Erica Singleton 3 months ago

      Hi there! I have a Cadillac deville 03 and its just jerking back and forth. I can feel it while I'm driving and it really gets bad when i stop. Sometimes it smells like gasoline. Please tell me it's not me transmission.

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      Shonna 3 months ago

      Well I'm not sure cuz I have been taken (!!!!!!) to put it media friendly. They r hold on my van hostage for 1500.00. I paid mechanic $700.00 for a set of tires that were supposed to have been purchased at BigO to find out Swanson tires on my van. And then they told me they ordered a transmission from LKQ and when I called them to check up on it they told me no trans was ever ordered then found out they took it down the street somewhere to b repaired and now they r charging me $600 and it goes on and on.. thank you for responding if I ever get my mobile dog grooming van out I will let you know..

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      Amy 3 months ago

      Thanks for the response Eddie! I will definitely get it scoped asap...the check engine light IS on. In the meantime, there is nothing leaking below the Jeep. No wet spots or puddles where I park...so that's strange. I would also think if the trans fluid was leaking out, or into somewhere else, I would need to keep adding fluid? But its always perfect every time I check it...

      As far as the low idle oil pressure issue, I don't hear any loud hissing, but it does sound like a diesel under there! We thought it was a loose pulley, and changed out the tensioner? pulley, but it still sounds like a diesel :-/

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      Low fluid indicates a leak and the part time 4WD light is telling you there is a code being stored in the computer. I recommend having the code checked first and check for leaks. It sounds like the transmission is losing pressure internally after it warms up and all the seals are warm. The low idle and oil pressure may be a different problem like an engine vacuum leak. Do you hear any loud hissing noises under the hood at idle?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shonna,

      How is the engine running? Smooth?? Transmission slipping? Any smells or smoke?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Randhir,

      What type of fluid did you refill it with? How are you checking the fluid level? Engine on, engine off, flat ground, in gear??? Let me know.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Russ,

      There is a vent on the transmission, if it's clogged it can cause the pressure to build inside the trans and blow the dipstick out of the tube. I'm not sure why it's jerking in and out of gears though. Hope this helps.

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      Amy 3 months ago

      I forgot to mention, the jerk and slip in the trans are non-existent when the engine is cold, but starts again as soon as the engine/fluid is warmed up. Also, in the last week or so, the "Part-time" 4wd light keeps flashing at me randomly...not all the time, but often enough to make me worry. AND when I've been driving for a bit, the engine is nice and warm, and I stop at a stop sign, the oil pressure gauge drops to low and my check gauges light comes on...but as soon as you start to drive again, the pressure gauge returns to normal. I'm truly hoping these are all simple fixes ;-D What do YOU think? lol

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      Amy 3 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I stumbled across your site while trying to find answers about why the transmission in my 2003 Jeep Cherokee would be slipping...in December we had an oil change done, and it immediately started to jerk going from 1st to 2nd gear and slip going from 2nd to 3rd. After checking the fluid, we found it very bubbly and foamy, indicating it was low. We added fluid and checked it every few days, as the bubbles worked themselves out, and it DID help some, the jerk is not as pronounced from 1st to 2nd, in fact, not even there if you accelerate slowly enough, but the slip from 2nd to 3rd is definitely still there. Again, if you accelerate slowly, and let off the gas just before the shift, there is no slip. The fluid is nice and red/pink, no burnt smell or color. Do you think the trans is going out completely?

      I'd really appreciate any feedback you could give!

      Thanks! Amy

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      Shonna 3 months ago

      My 1972 Chevy van wouldn't go over 30 what might be the problem. Fuilds etc are all good and new..

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      Randhir 3 months ago

      Hi i have a 1997 Honda civic vtec automatic I have changed the gear box oil it was running fine for couple of km then it started to over rev up to 2000 like its in neutral then it slips.... once the car is Parked for couple of minutes then when I start it will select fine but once I drive it, it does the samething please assist

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      Russ 3 months ago

      My 69 mustang Windsor 351 automatic transmission doesn't show any signs of leaking fluid nothing red under the car but it blows the transmission dip stick about 2 inches out of the tube. Again no fluid that I can see. The transmission wants to jerk in and out of gear at times. I don't know what year the tranny is but the engine it had when I bought it was a 80's i put a true 69 motor in.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      I'm not really sure. Any noises? How the fluid level? How the fluid condition? Any leaks? Any smoke? Any previous problems?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      It sounds like you're losing pressure in final gear. I recommend bringing it to a transmission specialty shop so they can test it with pressure gauges, this will pinpoint the problem area. It's an internal transmission problem and you may need to either rebuild it or replace it, but the transmission expert can give you that answer.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      What do you mean it's slipping down hill? Is this vehicle a standard transmission?

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      chris 3 months ago

      the trans. went out while driven completely on a 89 gmc jimmy, what the problem

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      Lisa 3 months ago

      I have an automatic transmission and it doesn't slip all the time but I will tell you what is does. I had someone check it out and it is even stumping them.

      So what normally happens is it will shift till it gets to about 45-55 miles per hour and then the engine reaves up and it's like it is in neutral and it won't shift. Sometimes you can give it gas and it will jump and try to go then it's like it is in neutral again.

      When I had it checked out they found that the old filter was dislodged on one side. So they drained the fluid and replaced the filter. However I drove it for about 30 mins on the highway and when I went to slow down and exit the highway it did the same thing it had done before I had the transmission serviced. So I am back to square one to where every so often it gets to around 45-55 mph and it is as if it goes into Netural and the engine reves up but it doesn't go. It is a 1996 ford ecoline van

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      Sarah 3 months ago

      My Saturn is slipping when going downhill. Is this the transmission?

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      Mack 3 months ago

      Thanks buddy

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tanya,

      You will probably need to bring it to Mazda, some of the code readers at the small garages cannot read transmission codes. It sounds like maybe an electronic solenoids could be your problem, it could also be an internal transmission problem.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mack,

      I would have to say there is a problem inside the transmission. Did you check the transmission fluid level and condition?

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      tanya 3 months ago

      I forgot to add that it is automatic and I can put it in reverse drive etc and it works. But if u put it in reverse or drive the van jerks.

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      Tanya 3 months ago

      Hi I have a 2003 mazda mpv and the other day i was driving after about 2 minutes of driving the car started jerking and the check engine light came on. I pulled over turned the car off waited a few minutes turned it back on and continued to drive.home

      The rpms were going up but not the speed it was taking a while I couldn't get passed 45 on the highway. I brought it to an auto place where they attempted to check the code for the light. No codes came up. I left the auto place and then my o/d off light started flashing and my tcs light came on. I havnt driven it since but I have turned it on and all the lights are still on. Any idea if the transmission is bad? I check the fluid and it is red in color and it is not low at all.

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      Mack 3 months ago

      yes the RPM raise but there is no directly effect on the acceleration there is a delay for 4 second, when the i press kick on the pedal it jumps and crazily accelerating !!!

      for the second question i didn't understand it well!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob,

      Yes, a clogged catalytic converter can cause low engine rev and lack of power, but it's usually accompanied by a loud hissing noise when trying to accelerate. I doubt that the catalytic converter caused the transmission to fail, but it's an easy scapegoat for the transmission shop to point the finger at, lol. They are two totally different systems and there is no connection between the two. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mack,

      Does the engine RPM raise when you're trying to accelerate? Can you rev the engine when the car is in neutral?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Prasangi,

      Usually when you lose one gear and the other ones work ok, the problem is either in the valve body or clutch pack, so it's most likely an internal problem.

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      Bob 3 months ago

      Hey Mike,, first off no expert here by any means, just sharing my problem... I have an 03 cavalier that experienced the same problem as yours,, 9000 miles after a transmission rebuild.. The shop said the transmission pressure control solenoid went out... Also I realized later that the catalytic had been clogged since the rebuild, replaced it a couple weeks before the transmission failed... They said that could have caused the problem?

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      Mack 4 months ago

      I have a problem with the acceleration in my Honda Civic EX 1999 automatic (was transferred from manual) . During the drive, I push the acceleration pedal but the car doesn't accelerate anymore, it stays at the same speed. If I push pedal to the end the car starts t accelerate by the time at he same this moment the car jumps and the deviate from the path.

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      prasangi 4 months ago

      i have 2000 gmc jimmy which has 3rd gear slipping..we put transmission oil..its not leaking..1st and 2nd gear smoothly shift but its not going to 3rd gear. by the way this is automatic. please advise me

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      This is a shot in the dark, but I have seen filter o-rings blow causing low pressure in the trans. Your best bet is to have a transmission specialist check the pressures with external gauges, you will pinpoint the problem quickly with gauges. Let me know what you find, thanks. .

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Milos,

      I will be here :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ed,

      Sounds like an internal leak inside the transmission, possible o-ring, gasket, or clutch pack.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Derek,

      Yes, most likely an external solenoid. Do you know the code (assuming the check engine light is on)? It could also be debris clogging up the pump screen or port and when the car is shut off the debris drops off the screen until it gets clogged again.

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      Mike Carratura 4 months ago

      Hey Eddie, I warmed up my '04 Chevy S10 pickup this morning. About 10 minutes later, I backed out to the street, drove about 300' when truck just reved. Went thru each gear and nothing just reving. Shut it off, waited about 1 min. started it, put in drive and moved about another 50'. Just reving again. Had to do this several times to get back home. No noises. No CEL. Chk fluid, full and pink, no leaks. This trans was rebuilt nearly 5 yrs. ago, only 35,0000 miles. Got any ideas...

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      Milos Jovanovic 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I will find someone too locate it.I will try to do it by the end of week.It's ok, you've been a huge help thank you so much.I'll let you know what's wrong once I found out.

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      Ed 4 months ago

      Hi. When I accelerate in 2nd (any gear) it revs very high ( up to 5000 rpms) and then stabilizes (lowers) do you know what this could be? 2000 Audi TT manual.

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      Martha Smith 4 months ago

      I can cut the car off then turn back on and it start back pulling and hitting gears....cranck back up and it start doing the same thing

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      Derek 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie: I have 2001 Honda CRV with 190K miles, just had a rebuild trans put in a month ago. Car ran good for 2 weeks, but now we are having issues. While driving it drops right out of gear around 40 mph, and coasts. The engine is still running, you can press the gas but it is like it is in neutral.

      No acceleration. The crazy thing is once you turn the car off and start it back up, it runs ok again, for a while. Could this be a bad solenoid? This is a car that has been passed to my son as he starts college , so I really would like to get this fixed if possible.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      If you shop Amazon or go to your local auto parts store they should be able to advise you on the correct fluid.

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      john 4 months ago

      my isuzu 2002 model cannot engage any of the drive function.only reverse drive.what kind of transmission fluid is suitable for it,incase when repaired to avoid further breakdown.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vicky,

      It sounds like your transmission has an internal leak> This could be caused by debris or a failed part inside the transmission. Are there any warning lights illuminated on the dash?

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      Vicky 4 months ago

      Hi,

      I have a Mitsubishi Lancer with Invecs-2 F4A42 transmission. During cold start, the doesn't move when set to D. It takes 10 to 15 minutes, after which the car grudgingly starts moving when set to D. Once it starts moving the gearbox behaves absolutely fine. Please help.

      Thanks in Advance.

      Vicky

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sean,

      Sounds like one of the syncro's inside the transmission is worn and is causing this problem or some other internal problem. You may want to take it to a transmission specialist to get their opinion.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Milos,

      Most likely it just a wheel speed sensor. You'll have to have someone pull the code to find out which sensor has failed. Let me know what you find, and sorry for the late reply.

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      Sean 4 months ago

      I've got a 99 Chevy Express 3500 LS vanWith a 4l80 transmission in it and I don't have any problem until I've been on the highway for about 20 miles and then it slips out of 3rd gear but once I stopped the vehicle and let it rest for a while then it will shift normally again until I'm back on the road and have been driving for 20 or 30 miles and the fluid level is good and there's no leaks so what is the problem

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      Milos Jovanovic 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Today i started the car with my brother, i opened the hood and listened carefully and it's indeed the ABS pump.The ABS warning light is on most of the time and when the buzz happens the brake pedal does kick back.What should i do?Is pump the problem, should i change the ABS pump or is the problem elsewhere?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Milos,

      That was a pretty quick video, but it sounded like your ABS pump running. Is there any indication the ABS pump is running like a warning light? Do you fee/hear this when braking or just steady cruising? Does the brake pedal kick back when this happens? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steven,

      It sounds like the fluid was getting low, it's a good possibility that your transmission has a leak and is causing the problem. You'll need to wait and see whet your mechanic says. Diagnosis should not be more than 2 hours labor.

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      Milos Jovanovic 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I'm 100 % sure its not the exhaust shield, it starts as soon as car finish ignition, the car is completely cold no high rpm's.Some times i hear it when i drive, some time's don't but its always there when i start the car.I uploaded a video on youtube to hear what i'm talking about, here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYTg81SAhPk

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      STEVEN 4 months ago

      I have a '04 f-150 with almost 129k miles on it. This morning I backed out of my driveway and put it into D and the "TransFault" and O/D were on the little screen where the odometer is. I could use reverse just fine to back right into my driveway.

      I also noticed yesterday it was slipping out of gear. I would be cruising at about 65mph and when I went to accelerate (75mph road) it would just rev like it was in neutral. I would lay off of it for a second and then it would catch and go but it was happening 3-4 times in a 20 minute commute.

      Any suggestions on what it may be and what it may cost? I had to get it towed to a repair shop today. I'm not gonna know until Monday on the diagnosis and cost.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Milos,

      Are you sure you're not hearing an exhaust heat shield buzzing at certain RPM's?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dani,

      It's never a good idea to ride the clutch because it heats up all clutch parts and put a glaze on the disc and hot spots on the pressure plate. I have no idea how the mechanic checked the clutch pressure plate and clutch disc without removing the transmission??? I would have to say that what you're feeling is normal under those conditions.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rae,

      The check engine light must be on and there should be a code stored in the system. I recommend having the codes pulled and have them diagnose the transmission problem. It should cost about 1-2 hours labor for diagnosis.

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      Milos Jovanovic 4 months ago

      I have a Honda Civic 95', automatic transmission. Yesterday it started buzzing when i start the car and every few minutes when i drive, is that some thing i should be worried about? Or is it just some kind of calibration by the gearbox?

      I do not feel any transmission slipping it changes gears just fine.

      I would really appreciate some opinions about it?

      Regards!

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      Dani 4 months ago

      HI there.

      I have a little Volvo C30. THe last two times I took my car in for a service I told them about the problem I;m having and they checked the clutch disc and flywheel and said they were both fine. THe problem never prevents itself at the workshop so I'm struggling to get it fixed.

      My car drives perfectly. What does happen though is immediately after I've been riding the clutch (even for just a few seconds), I lose all power and my car over revs. It does this for about 2 minutes and then normalizes. I don't ride the clutch anymore and so I've never had the problem again- it drives perfectly. I just want to know if there's an underlying problem that I can fix. I'm thinking of selling the car and don't want the buyer to be stuck with problems.

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      Rae 4 months ago

      Hey man my mitsubish fto goes from first straight to third gear and it jerks the transmission. sometimes it doesn't change and the tiptronic won't change either it's starting to lose power in the gears and I think it's slipping ? Can you please diagnose this problem for me and also give me a price range to fix this at a mechanics

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mohamad, Glad you found my writing useful :)

      Yes, riding the clutch on hills can shorten the clutch disk life substantially. Thank you for taking the time to write a comment, I really appreciate it ;)

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      Beverly 4 months ago

      I have a 2002 Honda accord automatic transmission and it slips in 1 and 2 but then changes out fine and drives normally until i have to stop then you can feel it down shift really hard. What do i need to do?

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      Mohamad Hsein 5 months ago

      Very useful article I drive manual transmission from long time ago but I didnt know that riding the clutch can eat up the disc.

      Thanks for the useful information

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      One code is for emissions and the other is for idle control, so you have two separate issues. I recommend having the Idle control issue fixed first because this can cause erratic shifting and long hold times between shifts. The emissions problem most likely will not effect the way the vehicle runs and drives, but P0542 will. Let me know how you make out Matt, thanks.

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      Matt Cottrell 5 months ago

      Hello, I have an '01 GMC Sonoma that I've recently been experiencing some odd symptoms. I've noticed a lack of power (sluggish) when driving first thing. After the truck "warms up" this symptom goes away. Also, when reaching 3rd gear I am running in the 3000's and have trouble shifting out and into a higher gear (lower rpm). The truck will correct eventually, but hearing those high rpms is awful. The check engine is on, and the codes (P0542, P0440) suggest the evap system pressure sensor. Could this be the problem, or does this sound more like a tranny issue? I look forward to your response.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Casey,

      When was the lat time you have the fluid changed? I recommend checking the fluid level and condition first and go from there. The fluid should be red or pink, and you check the fluid level with the engine off and the car on level ground.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      It sounds like you're adding transmission fluid, this means you have a leak. I recommend having the leak checked first to see how much it would cost to have it repaired, then have the mechanic drive the vehicle to determine if the transmission is OK or not. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Casey 5 months ago

      I have an '05 Honda CRV. When i speed up and i hit about 3000 rpm, my trans will slip outta gear, causing the rpm to go way up. once i let off the gas, and the rpm's go back down, itll fall back into gear, and drives fine. it seems like 3000 rpm is the threshold for slipping. any suggestions?

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      cindy rohwer 5 months ago

      I have a 1996 Dodge Caravan 3.8L engine. My transmission has been slipping a little and I was wondering if you could tell me what could be wrong with it. I have been babying it and keeping transmission fluid in it, but it stops and starts at it's own convience.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shabir,

      Is there a check engine light or transmission warning light on when this happens?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      I recommend taking it in to the Toyota dealer and road test it with the shop foreman or a tech. There may be a transmission software update available for your vehicle for this issue. Keep me posted on what you find out, it would be great for other readers who are having the same issues, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Chad,

      It sounds like you lost pump pressure all together. I believe you'll probably need to replace the complete transmission at this point no matter what component failed. Let me know if you have more questions Chad, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Coopers,

      I believe the problem is internal, if it were the clutch, pp plate, or T-O bearing it would happen in all gears, because it's only happening in 5TH, I think there is a problem inside the trans. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Shabir Roshan 5 months ago

      hi I have a atomatic Toyota auris 2011 today while I was driving all of a sudden the gear was shift to N and I couldn't do anything I turned off the engine for about a minute and started back it worked. But it happened twice. Can you shed some light on this please. I am worried that it might be my gearbox damaged. Thank you and waiting for your reply. Regards

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      Matt 5 months ago

      I have new 2017 cammry (6 spd automatic) and it shifts rough / surges/slips in low gears when cold - feels like clutch slipping - goes away when warmed up - consistently does it in first few gears when shifting cold first time in outdoor temps below 50F.

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      Chad 5 months ago

      Hey Eddie, great article!

      I am not sure what's up with my 96 Honda Accord. It slowly built over time and now just revs. The problem I'm having is when I put the car into gear, doesn't matter what one, even reverse... the car just revs, won't go forward or reverse. Could this be the entire tranny or possibly just the torque converter? The fluid level is good, no leaks. I know it's hard to diagnose online, but any suggestions what it could be?

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      MissynTerry_Cooper 5 months ago

      1998 single axle dump standard transmission ; started gradually , when in 5 gear it would act as if it had hit neutral , I press clutch and it ran fine; it got worse now it seems to hit neutral after just a mile ,if I press gas it just revs , if I let it slow a little or press the clutch it takes off ?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roland,

      The first thing I recommend you check is the oil level. It sounds like your oil level is low and Hathor V-TEC solenoid is starving for oil. If the oil level is OK, you may need to find someone who can adjust your valves, you may a tight valve causing this issue. Keep me posted on what you find, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Roland 5 months ago

      Hi, thanks for the clarity you've provided. Let me begin by stating that I live in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa), and that mechanics here are certainly not the best in the world. I have a 2005 Honda pilot (167k). When I drive around Monrovia (the capital city) the car drives relatively okay. However, the last two times I drove out of town was a nightmare. After 40 minutes driving between 60-85 kph, the car stalls! There's a heavy rattling sound from the engine. If I try to force it to get off the road, it raises and gives off a blue puff of smoke. If I wait about an hour, the car restarts and behaves like nothing happened. Do you think my transmission is slipping?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Izi,

      If the dealer is a reputable dealership they should offer you some kind of return policy or to fix it at there expense and give you a loaner while you wait for your vehicle. I would rather return the vehicle and look for something else if this happened to me. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gaspar,

      That doesn't sound good. If third gears is like neutral, then you probably have blown 3 gear, it wouldn't be the clutch or anything electronic because all gears change manually in the transmission. You will need to disassemble the transmission to diagnose. Sorry about the bad news, Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lee Ann,

      I recommend having the transmission fluid and filter replaced. It sounds like you have debris clogging up the filter or the pick-up o-ring is damaged. I would start by replacing the fluid and filter and see if the problem gets better. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Lee Ann Woods 5 months ago

      Hello my transmission just started slipping. When it heats up. I added fluid and it still has the symptoms but it's weird when you turn the car off and back on you can start out in drive but after a min or so drive slips and you have to put it in 2nd gear. Btw it's an automatic 2002 Jeep Cherokee learedo

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      Gaspar 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie I'm hoping you could help shed some light on what might be the cause of my issue. I have a 1997 Chevy s-10, auto 4x4. My 3rd gear is slipping 1, 2, 4 (I think), and reverse work fine. I do have to use the shifter to start on 1 then go to 2. Once rpms reach 3000 and about 35-40 mph I switch, but I have to skip 3rd and go to drive because then the rpms go up high fast as if in neutral but I loose speed. Once on drive I have to keep rpms at 3000 and speed at about 40 or else it kinda downshifts (I guess) and then I'm at 3rd gear but neutral(or what it feels like), forcing me to put the shifter on 2nd and repeat my little process. If i start on drive (like normal use), 1st and 2nd work and then when its time to shift to 3rd it slips-rpms go up speed goes down. Check engine light is on. I took it to autozone and some codes for some fuel and MAF issuescame up, it says I need a fuel pump, and the other thing is the 4x4 low circuit code p1875. What can be the cause of this?

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      Izi 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      What is your first reaction to this scenario: Pick up a brand new 47k Mitsubishi Triton on Wednesday and by Friday it's back in the shop because not only is it popping out of 5th gear into neutral when it hits between 80 - 90km but it has also slipped into 4H and won't budge back into 2H. I am beyond livid and disappointed. The dealership reckons such things are unheard of but are certainly willing to take full liability. Eddie, do you have any idea what might be wrong and IF there is major repair needed am I in my rights to demand a brand new car? The whole thing has left a sour taste in my mouth. Izi

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      Ernat 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I actually imported it from Japan. I have had a chat to a Volvo tech and he said that sometimes(rarely) when they clear error codes in the computer another underlying one might pop up. I am waiting to hear back from the people that did the flush otherwise I will have to get a second opinion from the Volvo guy I spoke to.

      Might end up taking the car to him to sort out and hopefully that fixes the issue. If my clutch is still slipping I will return to the people that did the flush..

      Thank you for your response

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      I recommend letting the shop tell you what they found. It sounds to me like the oil cap was left off (if there was oil all over the top if the engine) Sometimes tow truck drivers don't know what they are talking about (I've seen it a lot) and some are very good with cars. Let see what the shop says and why it happened. Let me know what they say, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kecate,

      I recommend checking to see if you may have pinched the valve cover gasket during installation, if not hopefully you use some RTV in the cam corner of the valve cover gasket. it should be dabbed on every corner where the cam hump is. If all that looks good, it possible your head gasket is leaking in that corner?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mimi,

      As long as you can drive the car safely to the transmission shop, if you don't think it's drivable, have it towed. I think your mechanic is right, It's worth having it checked out. If it's just a solenoid, you could possible get a lot more miles out of her and get your last child through college. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ernst,

      The transmission and turbo have nothing to do with each other. I believe this is just a coincidence. Did you buy this car private sale or from a dealership? If it's a dealership, they must have some kind of good faith policy you can drive the car for at least 30 days with no problems? Let me know the warranty, thanks.

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      Ernst 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I just bought a 2011 Volvo S60 and been driving it for two weeks. from taking off in 1st and going into second the clutch seemed to slip a bit. It has a dual clutch system or something.

      I took the car to be looked at and the guy recomened a service that should fix the issue. He has work on those transmissions a lot.

      Got the car beach yesterday and and it still had a slight slip but he said to just drive it for a bit and it should be better.

      This morning, I left for work and after stopping at a stop sign started driving again and now the engine light came on and the car went into Limp mode or something.

      They came and took the car back to have a look and now the codes come back with Turbo release valve getting stuck.

      Is there any way that the flush could have affected the valve?? I am so mad atm cause it didn't have any error codes before they worked on it. I am still waiting to hear back from them

      Regards

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      Mimi 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      We have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra with 166,000 miles on her. It was my husbands car who put most of the miles, but then given to the first of three teens to use in 2010, now on last one. Its been fine with no major mechanical issues till now. Check engine light came on Sunday and started to lurch when you hit gas. It takes a moment to catch from stop. Tried reverse, same thing. My mechanic said the codes all transmission, but could be electrical or sensors? He doesn't have necessary equipment to check that, but I could take it to a transmission place he suggested and they could check if it is that or we need a new one. He said he would not fix if it is expensive trans job if it were his car. Probably would if sensors weren't too high (He's a great guy:)

      Now a quandary, he said fluid was fine and looked good. Could still be transmission we need, but he said might be sensors which wouldn't run as much. We only need this to get through another year and half till the youngest off to college do you think I should drive the 3 miles to transmission shop to diagnose for $85? Just put new tires on her two months ago too, but maybe time to call auto salvage guys?

      Thank you

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      kecate 5 months ago

      hey Eddie,

      I have a 2001 honda civic coupee. Last year I replaced the transmission with the one I took from the junk yard. In My first drive test after replacement the gears slip. I thought it was just for a few days. But 6 month passed, gears still slip especially if rpm is over 3000. I checked trans fluid, some day was low so I topped it up. The day after it was too much so I have to drain it. Checked around, found a leak (just wet) around the trans (not dripping). I drove the car still and I saw another leak dripping around the engine. Swiped it to check where is the leak from. I noticed that leak is from the top between bell housing and engine (right in the joint). I already replaced the cam plug and the valve cover gasket but still leaking.

      So can you please tell me where is the source of the leak and the slipping gears?

      Thanks

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      Jim 5 months ago

      Oops, I probably should have mentioned the make/model of my wife's car:

      2008 Acura MDX, with 120k miles

      Thanks again.

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      Jim 5 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      A few days ago, we took my wife's car in for a servicing (the manufacturer's B1 service light came on, which I assume is normal for the mileage). They performed an oil change and checked a bunch of other things they said.

      Over the weekend, I notice a small leak under the engine, which I assumed was oil. It was a really small leak (about size of a quarter), so I assumed it was a minor oil burn off or something and dismissed it. Then this morning, I was taking kids to school and I felt the transmission slip once. I kept driving, and then I noticed it slip again. I started driving slower and felt it happen again, so I pulled over and stopped, but by then the engine was smoking. I looked under the hood and it looked like oil was all over the engine, and underneath the car there was a giant pool of what looked like oil.

      I called the service place and they offered to tow it back in since I didn't want to drive it any further and risk damage to engine. The tow truck came and the guy told me that wasn't oil, but rather transmission fluid, and said it was good I decide to stop driving.

      So, my question, is the car already toast?

      If I've never ever experienced any problems with the transmission before, is it likely this service place screwed something up when they had it a few days ago? If they don't own up to it, is there any way to prove it?

      Thanks for your time and expertise!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ana,

      It sounds iike you have a transmission fluid leak and the fluid finally got low enough to stop the car from moving. Hopefully the mechanic will fix the leak, top off the transmission fluid, and you'll get your car back. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

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      Ana 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      While driving to work this morning, my car drove fine for about 40 minutes on the interstate, but once I hit stop and go traffic the car started acting strange. Basically, when I would accelerate from a stop it would rev up but not move for a few seconds. Somehow made it to the parking garage (about 10 stop and go situations). Left work early to avoid stop and go traffic but no luck, basically pulled off after a couple of blocks as the check engine light came on. It seemed a lot worse than in the morning. Had it towed to the mechanic but it will not be worked on till Monday. Anxious to know what it might be. Husband says he noticed it the day before but thought it was just a fluke as it only happened once for him. Worried I just killed the car by driving it instead of getting it towed right away.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jesse,

      The damage was already done when the transmission was popping out of gear. When a transmission pops out of gear, usually there is an internal problem. If the transmission was low on oil, most likely it would have seized and the car would not roll easy in any gear. The loud bang could have been the clutch pressure plate, but you won't know until the transmission is removed. Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gus,

      It's very possible the torque converter solenoid is failing and needs to be replaced. The only way to know for sure is to replace it and see if the problem is solved. If the problem persist, you'll most likely need to replace the trans. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Gus Hernan 6 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      How are you doing? I hope well.

      I am looking to pick your brain and knowledge as to a problem I have with my 2005 Honda Pilot (168xxx miles)

      I live in SoCal , so bear with me when I tell you where I drove from, and about a week ago I drove my suv from Pomona to Los Angeles (about a 35 mile drive) and all was well , however along the way I felt the suv starting to slow down, even when I presses the gas pedal, and all it did was revved up in rpm. I coasted it off the freeway and checked if it had oil and it seemed it did but i still opted to buy some and topped it off. I turned it back on and it shifted fine and drove/accelerated fine but still getting closer to LA it seemed as if it was slipping , it would rev and then you could feel as if it slipped into gear.

      I finally got it home, several stops and letting it cool down, and now I turn it on and drive around and it shifts fine it accelerates fine.

      Could this be a symptom of a bad torque converter as it feels that the transmission itself is still working fine? Or should I just brace myself for a transmission rebuild?

      I did pull a code and it was P0740/P0741 ( cant remember which) but I talked to a transmission shop and they said the solenoid wasn't the problem it was the transmission.

      What are your thoughts?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Gus Hernan 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2005 Honda Pilot that has a transmission problem. The suv shifts fine and shifts smoothly through every gear. If I put into reverse it doesnt knock or do any weird noise. Some days ago I was driving on the freeway and it went into false neutral, it did not accelerate when I pressed the gas , it just revved up. I coasted the suv off the freeway. Let it cool down and went and bought some transmission oil. Got on the freeway again and drove fine but after 15 mins it did the same thing again. I finally got it home and now I handed over to my mechanic and when he tried to test drive it around the darn suv doesnt slip and drives fine. We drove for about half an hour and no symptoms. The check engine light is on and I pulled the code P0741/P0740, my question is , do I need to pull the transmission and replace it with rebuilt one? Or could a bad torque converter be the culprit?

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      Jesse j Perez 6 months ago

      I own a 2003 eclipse spyder (standard) and was told the clutch was replaced but not the clutch bearings when i bought it. Couple months later it started to pop out 4th gear when i started accelerating and the rpm needle would touch 3. Thats when i noticed a fluid leak when i park. Well i kept driving it like that shifting from 3rd to 5th skipping 4th completely when getting on the freeway and the other day it finally broke down on me. I was ob the freeway in 5th gear and it started to smoke alot smelling really burnt and started losing power no matter how much i pushed the gas or down shifted. I pulled over and let the smoke clear and drove it off the freeway using 1st and 2nd gear but it had no power whats so ever and i heard and felt a load bang. Some ppl say its cause i had no transmission fluid some say its my clutch...idk what it is idk squat about cars...but any idea what it could be and how much more damage did i cause by driving it off the freeway like that causing that bang?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ken,

      The transmission should still be under manufactures warranty, I recommend contacting the Ford dealer closest to you.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jason,

      If the check engine light is on, it could be storing a power train code. I recommend having the code pulled, and go from there. Keep e posted on what the code is, maybe I can help figure it out.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pat,

      It's possible you may have an oil leak in the bell housing ( where the clutch is) or it's also possible your clutch is worn and it just starting to slip. I recommend you keep driving it and keep an eye on it for a few week. If it get any worse, you'll need to bring it in for diagnosis. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amanda,

      Whith a transmission that old it's probably is in need of a rebuild. The rubber o-rings stat to deteriorate and leak fluid, once the transmission warms up, the seals expand and slow he leakage. I'm not positive this is the issue, you'll need to have a transmission specialist do a pressure test on the transmission and they can determine whether or not it ca be fixed. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenny,

      It sounds like there is an internal leak. Does the transmission make any abnormal noises?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Flor,

      If the E.P light is coming on, there should be a code stored. Onc you have the code, it will tell you what system is malfunctioning.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dan,

      If the transmission filter is clogged or it's o-ring is torn, it could cause the transmission to lose pressure and go into a neutral mode. I recommend replacing the transmission filter and see if that is your problem. It's the cheapest place to start. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Ken Wedgewood 6 months ago

      I bought a Ford escape in 2013 6 months later the transmission let go. Then Ford changed the transmission for a rebuilt one. The truck ran okay till Jan 17 & now the rebuilt transmission that was put in has no 1rst or 2nd gear. this truck is a lemon aid. if you have any questions please let me know thanks.

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      Daniel W 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      2006 Chrysler Town/Country Lmtd minivan. No reverse at all. Just revs up RPM but no movement. It will drive forward "D" up to anywhere between 1500-2000RPM but then loss of power. Engine still runs, RPMs Rev up, but speed decreases until coming to a stop. We stop, put it in Park. Turn off engine. Give it a minute or two, start it again. Put in drive, then the same thing happens. Get up to between 1500-2000RPM then power loss again. Just will rev up when gas is pressed until we eventually roll to a stop. Any ideas what might be the issue here? Thanks in advance!

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      Flor 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie thanks for the response

      It's Mini Cooper automatic driving up hill down hill over revving and not changing in gear and e.p lights coming on really need a clue before i bring it to mechanic to get it fixed thanks flor

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      Jenny 6 months ago

      My 2007 Tahoe will shift into drive but will not take off. Transmission fluid is full also

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      Amanda 6 months ago

      I just bought a 1994 Cadillac Deville. I've noticed that after it has sat all night that first thing in the morning it does not want to go in gear, especially reverse. Once it gets going down the road, it doesn't give me anymore problems, reverse or otherwise. It's only when it's COLD. The trans fluid was checked today and they said that it was full and clean. What is causing this problem and is it fixable? Thanks

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      Pat 6 months ago

      Hello,

      About 2 years ago (70,000 miles ago) I changed the clutch and flywheel on my 2005 Acura TL standard transmission but now it feels like it's slipping again. I typically feel the RPMs rise when I go into 5th or 6th gear for a very brief moment. However, sometimes I feel it on the lower gears. I tried the 3rd gear test you mentioned above and my car stalled (RPMs did not rise) and I didn't smell anything burning. Is there something else that may be wrong or is it just in the earlier stages of slipping? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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      Jason goodwin 6 months ago

      I have a check engine light that's the only one that comes on.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mitchel,

      I don't think there are any adjustment that could solve your problem, it sounds more internal like a slight blockage at the first clutch pack. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Donna,

      It's possible you have a solenoid problem and it can be fixed quick and inexpensively.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      It could be shot at this point, but for a few bucks, you could have the transmission fluid and filter replaced and you could possibly save thousands. If the service helps your situation, you could possibly get a few more years out of the truck, it's your call.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Flor,

      Is the Mini Cooper a standard or automatic transmission?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jason,

      Are there any warning lights lit on the dash? It sounds like you're losing pressure to one of the clutch packs, the question is why? This is usually caused by a clogged filter (if applicable), worn o-rings, dirty fluid, or and electrical problem.

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      Jason goodwin 6 months ago

      How you doing Eddie. I have a 03 dodge neon my fluid is good but sometimes when I'm driving there will be times when I'm driving and the car will feel like it just drops into neutral. And then it will like catch a gear again and shoot back into the gear and keep doing this it seems to only happen when I drive on main roads but on the highway I don't have this problem do you have a slight clue on what this could be?... athat's this point anything would help...thanks

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      Flor 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie first thanks for sharing your expertise, I have concern about my car it's a Mini Cooper 2004 it's run good but lately i noticed that going up in a hill road not that high it's struggling and the speed stay at 40 even when i accelerate and step on the gas trough all the way down it didn't speed up just wondering what it's cause? Thanks in advance

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      Paul 6 months ago

      Eddie,

      Have a 98 s-10 blazer, goes really good when cold, but as soon as it warms up it won't go anywhere in Fwd. or Rev. tranny fluid is black and burnt smelling don't want to put new fluid in if tranny is shot

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      Donna 6 months ago

      I have a 2006 F-150 with 112K miles, and experienced the exact thing as Helena . I had my transmission rebuilt 6 months ago, though, and today I lost reverse and it's back in the shop.

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      Mitchel 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I just had a problem before with my 1992 Isuzu Bighorn 3.1 D automatic transmission loss of power few month ago that even if i step deep on the accelerator pedal the car won't move, As advice by the mechanic we just did change the transmission oil and replaced the filter and it gained power again, but there is a bit change after that, when i put the stick on Drive the car will move hardly and slowly for a few seconds then it will run fine. I think the problem is only at the 1st gear because it runs smooth as it reaches 20 kmh onwards. Also if i shift the stick on 2 it runs fine.

      Do we need to adjust or replaced something? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Big C,

      That's great news :) Thanks for coming back with an update, I really appreciate it, and the readers will too.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Raymund,

      I'm sorry, I didn't see your reply. Most likely your transmission has an internal problem and will need to be disassembled to repair it. The reverse brake inside the transmission is probably losing pressure, causing the transmission to not shift. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Konnie,

      The transmission fluid is full, but is it clean? When was the last time you had the transmission fluid changed? What is the year, make, and model of the vehicle?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marie,

      Is this a standard or automatic transmission?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Craig,

      I don't think removing the cap had anything to do with the code that popped up. It sounds to me like you have a problem with the transmission pressure switch. If it's not reading the pressure correctly, it may not apply enough pressure causing the transmission to slip. I recommend testing the pressure switch to see if it has failed.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Helena,

      The CVT transmission can feel exactly as you describe, and sometime the RPM's can seem to high as well. Car manufactures are going to this type of transmission for the benefit of fuel economy, but there are a lot of customers out there that do not like the change and feel of the CVT. Most CVT transmission have no shift points like the old 4-5 and 6 speed transmissions, except for some of the new models which are starting to incorporate a shit point feeling in the transmission. Some vehicles do have software updates that will improve this bucking feeling, so don't give up hope yet. Let me know if the Dealership helps out your problem, it will be good info to post hear for other readers :)

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      Helena 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks so much for offering your expertise! Here's my issues. Don't know if it's transmission related, but it feels like it:

      Was SO excited to get my 2017 Forester, my first new car ever (at 40 yrs. old)! All was great with my Subaru until about 1k miles in when I felt something like bucking or shuddering when going up a steep hill on the highway. I thought it was wind pushing against car and wrote it off, but since then, the feeling has increased, more often when I'm not getting on the gas lightly or keeping foot steady at lower speeds. I used to drive manuals, and it feels like it's in too high of a gear. It's especially obvious to me because I definitely did not feel it for the first couple of weeks or so. I'm taking it in tomorrow, but I'm expecting them to give me a bunch of nothing based on what others have written. If that happens, I'm going to contact Subaru directly. There are many other owners describing the same thing on this site under forum title: 2017 Forester CVT Low Fluid Level Recall (Merged Thread). I'm so irritated because this was my first venture away from Honda and Toyota...

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      Craig Palma 6 months ago

      I opened my transition fluid cap while the keep was running. It gave out a hissing sound as air escaped. The next day I started my car and as soon as a shifted into drive it started slipping. My check engine light came on and plugged in the diagnostic complex and came with a code in regards to the transmition fluid pressure sensor/switch. Any thoughts as to the issue/fix needed? At almost seems to get better the warmer the engine is.

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      Marie 6 months ago

      My car stopped moving as I was driving home from work it seemed if I held the shifter it would go but then that stopped working too. I don't see any fluid leaking on the ground so could it be transmission?

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      Konnie 6 months ago

      My 2003 Dodge Caravan every winter when it's cold it has trouble getting into gear to drive. Reverse is fine. After warming it up for 35 to 40 minutes it is usually fine. The transmission fluid is full. Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Franz,

      Anytime a vehicle is pulling or hauling more weight then the recommended manufactures spec the transmission should have a cooler, we even add power steering cooler now on new vehicles when towing. But the transmission shop should have noticed this when they had your vehicle completely apart, Also the transmission shop should have flushed the transmission cooler in the radiator before they even hook up the lines. The debris from the burnt transmission is sitting as sediment at the bottom of the cooler, so as soon as you start the engine, all this debris is contaminating the new transmission and shortening the life of this new transmission.

      I believe the transmission shop is to blame for this failure because they neglected to clean the original cooler and or didn't install an external cooler, nor did they even try to up sell you one during the repair. They are transmission specialist, this is rule #1. See my article on my website, it goes into more depth. http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Transmission-Ins...

      Hope this help Franz, keep me posted, thanks.

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      Franz 6 months ago

      Good morning Eddie,

      well, the Transmission shop checked the unit they replaced and say it burned up because of no transmission oil cooler is installed. They say that the radiator might be partially plugged, and that is why the old transmission failed (after 165000 MILES), and also the rebuilt one after 30 miles.

      I have never had any issue with overheating, and I did not notice the coolant temp gage indicate overheating. I spend 5 months/yr in the heat of Mexico, and keep a close eye on that gage.

      Is this possible, that the coolant temp remains normal while the transmission fluid overheats?

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      Shirley Monti 6 months ago

      My take off is slow but once it hits 30 speed picks up quick.. Unable to get enough power to go up hill.. Reverse works fine.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Natalie,

      Have you checked the transmission fluid level yet? Do you see any transmission fluid leaks on the ground where you park? Is your engine running smooth? Is the check engine light on? Let me know, thanks.

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      Natalie 6 months ago

      Hello, I need your help really bad! My nissan Altima '03 had a transmission problem where when it was start it would not even drive when shifted to D . After much stressing, I got put another used, but good transmission. The car worked well for a couple of months and now the shifting of gears is so delayed that I am scared to even accelerate. Not only that but when I am stopped at a red light my car starts to jerk forward and backward. It gives me a heart attack. I honestly do not know what else to do. People say it is the transmission flush, can you help me? THANK YOU.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Franz, Keep me posted.

      Hi Teodor,

      What you're describing sounds like the pressure plate is not installed correctly or not torqued properly. The clutch pedal should go in and out with no noise and it should never slip when it's brand new. It sounds like uneven pressure on the disc, which would lead me to believe the pressure plate is not siting flat on the flywheel. This is just a guess. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Michael,

      It sounds like either you have an oil leak inside the bell housing or your clutch disc is worn. A worn clutch disc will usually start slipping long before it needs to be replaced, that why I thought maybe some oil got on the clutch assembly and caused it to fail quick. Let me know what you find, thanks Michael.

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      Michael 6 months ago

      I have a 2002 Mazda protege, started to notice and increase in rpm's while driving in any gear but no increase to cars speed, the car also started to feel sluggish and had less pull than previously. I stopped at a store and returned to the car, started fine, depressed clutch pedal and moved shifter in to first gear, added gas and released clutch and nothing happened. The cars rpm'sincreased but no engagement of the actual gears, I tired all the gears and the same issue. Could his be a clutch problem or transmission? Any insight would be appreciated.

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      Teodor Dimitrov 6 months ago

      Hello, Eddie

      I have specific question. I got this http://www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk/products/dar... brand new clutch kit. I put it on my Seat Leon 1.9tdi 110 h.p. ASV (engine code) and i have 2 problems with the kit. The first one is when i try to press clutch pedal to the floor it stops on 8/10 and if the engine is turned on it starts making very powerful noise (clutch fork touches the pressure plate). If i drive the car and everytime i press the clutch pedal to 7/10 its ok. Its easy to change gears and put on reverse.

      The second problem is when i start driving at the morning first 30 minutes if i press gas pedal 10/10 its slipping on 4th and 5th gears. The RPM goes from 1700 to 2300 and stays there for around 3-4 seconds. If i do it few times its stop slipping, but when the kit get cold its happening the same problem. I drove like that 1500~ miles, so i think its enought to fit well the kit. Nobady knows why is that happening.

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      Franz 6 months ago

      Thank you for getting back to me, Eddie;

      Yes, transmission and torque Converter were replaced as one (new rebuilt) unit. Will investigate the electrical approach, and keep you posted.

      Thanks again. and Happy New Year.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      Yes, I would definitely replace the solenoid valve, most likely it's an electronic failure.

      Hi Franz,

      I'm no expert on transmissions, but it seem to me like the torque converter is the issue, sounds like it's going in and out of lock up. I wounder if you have an electrical issue causing the problem because the same thing happened to both transmissions. I'm assuming the trans and torque converter were both replaced, I doubt the shop reused the old torque converter. Let me know your thoughts Franz, thanks.

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      Robert 7 months ago

      Hey Eddie it me again, I took it to scan and found out a code P0750 "shift solenoid A malfunction" could that possibly be my problem?? Should I change the solenoid or only have It cleaned up? Your help would be appreciated once more..

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      If there are no codes stored, it's possible you have a internal problem or maybe one of the external shift solenoids are intermittently failing. I recommend taking it to a transmission specialist for this problem unless you have transmission codes stored.

      Hi Padmakumar,

      Not usually because the drivetrain is in the front of the vehicle.

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      padmakumar 7 months ago

      When a manual transmission Hyundai Accent car collides from rear while driving will it damage the transmission?

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      Robert 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie.

      I have a 2004 Honda CR-v , , problem with it is that from first gear to second it revs about 1000rpm before shifting into second gear with a slight kick. I already changed the fluid and saw no better results.. your help would be appreciated..

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      Raymund 7 months ago

      "Hi Raymund,

      How does the transmission fluid look? Is it clean and pink or dark and dirty? How about the level? Check it on level ground with the engine off and let me know, thanks."

      Hello Again Eddie,

      my fluid is new, and on the right level..i have the mechanic check and replace it... but when he changed it he said to me that he found something on the magnetic lock some piece of metal..and lots of carbon....

      after the aft changed, it's still same....

      thanks

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      Seema R (Brampton) 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I drive a 2001 Honda Prelude, my problem started off with my car very randomly "staulling" or "jerking," as I drive, inspite of a smooth drive otherwise, this issue scared me as I feared possibly breaking down and shortly after my speedometer needle stopped working also? When I took it into my mechanic to have a look, he said..no doubt, I need a new transmission...so we found a used one, and he mentioned I have a "dual cam," if that makes sense so it's gonna cost me $1500. So I left my vehicle with him for 11/2 days and I when I go to pick my car up and start driving, on my way home...my car starts to jerk again? This time I was on the highway in stop and go, rush hour traffic and my car would only rev on acceleration but not move after I gave gas, after stopping..so I had the scariest drive home, drove with my hazards on....I'm soo frustrated...the mech I went to is in another city so it's not as easy as going back and leaving my car with him again to check it out. The transmission I purchased has a warranty and the mech said to bring it by when I can if the issue doesn't stop..but he said it could just be some debree that needs to clear...is this true? I'm so stressed out and exhausted over this...please help. Btw my car is automatic (triptronic) transmission and has 234,000km and the transmission I purchased was from a car that only had 160,000km. Please advise....

      Regards,

      Seema.

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      Chris 7 months ago

      Hi, when I put my 2008 F150 into drive it goes but later after the truck is warmed up and I put it in drive it doesn't engage and can't move. But I can put it in 2 then it engages and moves then I can put it in drive and is fine.

      Any idea what the problem could be? I just spent $3000 getting a new torque converter installed but the problem still exists

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      Brad 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie - I've done a bunch more research and finally found out that the problem is in the transfer case, not the transmission. Apparently, this is a common problem w/ the Borg Warner 4405 TC, but I kept trying to troubleshoot a perceived transmission problem, when it wasn't that at all.

      Thanx for your response !! - Brad

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      Rm082e 7 months ago

      2004 Honda Pilot 166,000 miles

      About a year ago, I was pulling out of a parking space and I was able to reverse but when I put the car in drive, it did not accelerate. I tried each gear and it would not accelerate in any gear. After shutting the car off and trying again, it accelerated just fine. When I got home I checked the transmission fluid and it appeared a little low so I topped it off and it was driving fine until the other day. This time, I was stuck in traffic so the car was in idle for about 30 minutes, then I drove about a mile, got stopped at a red light then when I went to accelerate, it wouldn't go. I tried all the gears and turning the car off and back on but it wouldn't go. While I was waiting for the tow truck, I tried to start it again and it worked just fine and it has been working fine since. I checked the transmission fluid and it wasn't that low, I added maybe 1 oz to top it off. Would being only a tiny bit low on fluid cause this? Also, no check engine light and no stored codes.

      I am the second owner and have owned the car for 3 years. The original owner was an elderly man that took very good care of the car and did all the scheduled maintenance. I am aware of the Honda transmission recall and this car was taken in and a trans kit was installed by Honda years ago (before I bought the car). I don't think it is a transmission problem though. I'm wondering if this could be a sensor or solenoid. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Harry,

      Did you replace the PCM?

      Hi Paul,

      Sounds like you have a external solenoid problem, if the check engine light or transmission light is on, have the code pulled.

      Hi Brad,

      The noise you're describing sounds like a pump or a torque converter problem, possible the torque converter is coming apart internally?

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      Brad 7 months ago

      Hi-

      I have what seems to be an unusual problem w/ the trans on my '97 Ford Explorer (5R55E trans). It does not slip - it accelerates & shifts solidly, but when I let off the gas, it pops out of gear and a rattling type sound can be heard like it's caught between gears. I have to pull over & stop to get it back in gear. It then drives normally again, as long as it's under load. Fluid level is fine & I have replaced the valve body w/ all 6 solenoids & gaskets & the problem is unchanged. I have also adjusted the bands via the 2 external adjusters - no change. I would really appreciate any ideas !!

      Thanx

      Brad

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      Paul 7 months ago

      I have a Nissan X trail with automatic transmission system. For sometime no, it keeps failing to switch to gear 2 and above after I have driven it for a few kilometers unless the engine is switched off and restarted. The moment this has happened, the rpm pointer on the dashboard will move up proportionately with the accelerator without a corresponding increase in speed.

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      harry smith 7 months ago

      what causes golf3 to cut after changing the gear box from automatic to manual

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Raymund,

      How does the transmission fluid look? Is it clean and pink or dark and dirty? How about the level? Check it on level ground with the engine off and let me know, thanks.

      Hi Abubakar,

      It sounds to me like you may have a bent shift fork on that syncro. There is not a lot that can cause a transmission to pop out of gear. It sounds like it's not engaging completely, usually a worn syncro or shift fork causes this problem. Hope this helps.

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      Abubakar Said 7 months ago

      Hi,

      I work in a Mercedes Benz truck dealership as a service adviser. I received a 4040 Actros truck with manual transmission and the problem is that, at a speed of 75 kph and on 8 gear, it slips and goes to neutral. Found the clutch was worn out by 89% and replaced it. Went for a road test and had the same problem again. Overhauled the transmission and changed the synchronizer ring and cone and bearings and installed it back. Filled up with transmission oil & went for a second road test and had the same problem again. Thought now that the shifting cylinder has an internal leakage and replaced it. Went for a road test and had it again. We are running against time now as the client is pissed and we have no further explanations.

      Kindly can you tell me what to do now.

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      Raymund 7 months ago

      Hello Eddie

      I have honda civic 2005 AT, i just ran some little problem on its reverse, when i parked it too long, reverse wont kick-off immmediately, i waited almost 30secs to get the reverse gear work...mostly if i parked it all night and start in morning...can you advise me please what is wrong? thanks in advance

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lyss,

      Thanks for the update, but if you do take it to VW, let me know what they find, it would be great information to have here, thanks again.

      Hi Dan,

      If both axles are OK and not broken, most likely it's an internal transmission problem. When you put the transmission in gear, do you hear any thing moving or any noises?

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      Lyss 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      An update:

      I work for Hertz, so I swung my our mechanic to check it out quickly (easier than going to VW as he does that stuff free!) and he cleared several codes. Most of which he says were just the result of my engine revving that high, and were nothing detrimental. He didn't find anything to do with an error that may have caused it to get stuck in 1st. He concluded that it was more than likely a computer error like you suspected, and just told me to keep an eye on it, so that if it happens again I'm prepared and can take it to VW under the warranty. Thank you for your advice :)

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      dan 8 months ago

      good day, i have a jeep cherokee 2,5 d GDR. i was driving for a sudden just neautralise and since it never shift into gears until i engage in part time motion then it moves bt not responding with the engine acceleration i then topped oil and fit the new clutch plate and pressure plate with new release bearing but to my suprise no change . can u please help with the problem

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      It may be time to take it in to a transmission shop just so they can road test it to give you an idea of what might be causing the shutter.

      Hi Lyss,

      The computer may have stored a code, so I would definitely take it into VW while your still under warranty. It doesn't really sound mechanical to me because the problem disappeared when you cycled the key, sounds more like a glitch in the electronics. Keep me posted if you have time on what they find, this would be great information to share :)

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      Lyss 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a manual transmission 2014 VW Golf Comfortline (I'm in Australia, so it's a different engine to the US one). I've only got about 47,000 kms on it and I don't make a habit of riding my clutch or anything, but today for the first time in it's lifetime (I've had it since brand new) I was going around a turn in 2nd gear and easing off the clutch when I noticed the revs were abnormally high (4-5k) for my speed in 2nd gear, glanced down and my dash said 1st gear. Thinking I was distracted from my turn or something, I popped it into neutral and tried to ease back in to 2nd, and the same thing happened again. Frantically wondering if maybe 2nd was messed up I tried 3rd, with the same issue. I pulled off to the side to a complete stop, letting my stop/start engine shut the engine off, and noticed a really potent burning smell. I started off again, and made it home in 2 minutes without any more problems, but my engine smelled terribly the whole way. It's alright now, about a half hour later, but I'm just concerned that this may be a sign of future problems? Does it sound like my clutch may be going, or maybe a computer glitch or something? (There's so much tech in my car it may as well be a transformer, so I didn't know if it was mechanical or not). It's still under warranty for another 5 months, so I can always take it to VW if it's a fault, I'm just concerned!

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      Dave 8 months ago

      No lights or warnings when the shutter occurs. It's almost like a three to four count when it happens...sort of a tap,tap,tap in fast succession without the sound of course.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      There are a lot of things that can cause the shutter, the main cause if loss of pressure at that shift point, but what is causing the loss of pressure is the question. It could be something as simple as a shift valve sticking externally or a valve in the valve body internally. Is there any warning lights on? Or lights flashing when this happens?

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      Dave 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 VW Jetta 2.5L with 6spd Tiptronic transmission with 65K miles. It has an occasional "shutter" (for the lack of a better description) between second and third gears and sometimes third and fourth, typically after it warms up, but has occurred when it was cold. We replaced the transmission fluid and filter by following the recommendations of checking the fluid level at operating temperature, so we know the fluid level is correct. Can you tell me what you think is causing the shutter?

      Thanks for the help!

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Syed,

      Your best bet is to find a transmission specialist. The check engine light is on probably because you have a problem with the transmission, so you'll need to pull the code and diagnose what's causing the problem.

      Hi James,

      Maybe it's not the transmission? It sounds to me like you have a spark plug or coil cutting out. I recommend checking everything in the ignition system, starting with the spark plugs. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Heather,

      If you have the code pulled from the computer it will give you an idea of what is wrong. It sounds to me like you may have a vacuum leak of some sort, it could be a component, ruptured vacuum line or gasket. I recommend having the code pulled first and diagnose from the results. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

      Hi Big C,

      Thanks for coming back with an update. I love success stories, it gives me inspiration to keep going, so thank you very much :)

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      BIG C 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I just wanted to tell you thank you!! I had inquired with you about the problem I had with my 1999 Honda Accord feeling like I was hitting a speed bump on a fast take off from a dead stop. Well I did exactly what you said and I made it happen with the parking brake on and hold the brake and pushing the gas and you were absolutely correct I found that the front motor mount was completely torn. The complete top peice of the mount was not attached. I just replaced it last night and everything is working great now. I just wanted to say Thank you.

      BIG C

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      Heather 8 months ago

      Hi i have a 2005 automatic nissan altima. When i turn on the engine, it revs really high. (sometimes revs without even touching the gas). check engine light is on, and now more recently, once i hit about 10 mph, (so shifting from 1st to 2nd, it it gives me a hard jerk. Also, going up hills, the car slows down ALOT, even though im pushing the gas, please advise. Thanks! morrishn@state.gov

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      james eber 8 months ago

      2006 Mercy Milan, Manual transmission. From a dead stop on an incline of a hill, or if I accelerate from stop really quickly, my car will start going forward, then for a fraction of a second, it feels like there's no thrust/like something slips/like something isn't catching, then it picks up where it left off and continues smoothly. Thanks in advance!

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      Syed M Ammar 8 months ago

      Hello! I have a Lexus ES300, 2001. I have had the car for a couple of months and got it imported from the US. My car's RPM shifts just fine when the temperature of the car is low, but when the car warms up, the RPM doesn't shift after 2. The engine check is always on too. I have tried many mechanics, but none of them are able to figure out the exact cause. Can anyone help in this regard, please?

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindi,

      It's sounds like you have a valve hanging up inside the transmission or a solenoid is not working all the time. I recommend going to have the code pulled from the PCM, it will point you in the right direction.

      Hi Annette,

      Is your check engine light on when this happens? There are a lot of things that can cause this problem. It sounds like the transmission is losing internal pressure, this is caused by leaking seals, o-rings, gaskets etc... Are there an external leaks that you can see?

      Hi Seyi,

      Did you replace all your calipers or just one? Is this a 4 wheel disc brake system or do you have drums in the rear?

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      seyi 8 months ago

      i have a 1999 nisan Altima. lately if the car slows down in traffic the tires get temporarily locked for few seconds as if the gear is in neutral. you either leave it to move by itself which could be like btw 5-10 seconds or force movement by pressing down on accelerator. the caliper has been changed yet the problem persists. its driving me nuts. this only happens when the car is slowing down speed in traffic and never in normal speed.

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      Annette 8 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2010 Ford Ranger, 57,000Kms, automatic, 2.3 engine. The transmission slips (halts) when it is cold as I change from reverse to drive. Why does it do this and is the repair expensive? I had it all checked out in May 2015 while under warranty. They scoped it and found the torque converter was faulty which they replaced but the transmission was declared good. Thank you for your help.

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      Cyndi 9 months ago

      I have 2001 Mazda tribute. I've had the car several years and all of a sudden I go to work a few months ago and as I get up to about 40mph, RPMs shoot up and the car won't go anywhere. I could drive it in second fine but not drive. So a few weeks go by and all of a sudden it's driving normal again.Now a couple months later it is back to where it won't go while in drive past 40mph. When checking the transmission fluid it seems there is too much but I checked periodically while it was driving okay and it was good, now it looks like there is too much. Could there be something keeping the fluid from getting to the transmission? Overdrive light of course blinks when in drive and trying to go above 40. Car smells over heated even though temp reads fine. Thanks!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      It sounds like you may have blown first gear clutch pack. If this problem would have happened slowly over time I would probably recommend adjusting the bands, but I think all pressure was lost going to the first gear clutch pack. I think it's time for a rebuild.

      Hi Big C,

      Something seems to be hitting the body when accelerating hard, you'll need to look at anything that will flexes on hard acceleration. Can you reproduce the noise without driving? Can you pull the e brake, place one foot on the brake and accelerate with the other foot, then have someone watch the engine flex with the hood open too see if anything is hitting the body? Let me know, thanks.

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      Big C 9 months ago

      Hi Eddie thanks for the response and I did check the motor mounts and they are actually in pretty good shape. It has me boggled a but because its only at take off and a fast take off slow take off is fine. and regular driving is fine. I'm asking before I tear into anything. But I'm wondering if something wrong with the axle is possible or transmission? If I do a hard take off and when its shifts hard into second it kind of does the same thing but not as bad as from a dead stop. Any other idea's??

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      David Floyd 9 months ago

      I have a Turbo 350 in a 2wd Chevy c20. The transmission was working fine, then while driving home it started slipping in first, second and drive were fine. By the time I got close to my house i had lost first completely. I did check the fluid and seam a little low, but didn't think it was that low. Any ideas of what could be the issue and is there a way to adjust the bands if they are worn without rebuilding the transmission? Thanks for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Guillermo,

      The problem you're describing sounds like a possible coil or spark plug problem, so it would be electrical. I recommend starting out by replacing all your spark plugs and see if that helps. If it still does it, you'll need to dig a little deeper.

      Hi Celeste,

      It's possible your pressure plate is the problem, but the clutch disc could also be the problem. At most you'll destroy the clutch assembly and flywheel, but you shouldn't do any damage to the engine. Let me know if you have more questions.

      Hi Big C

      I would start by checking your motor mounts. If any are torn or broken, the heavy cast metal will rub against the body and cause that type of noise. Check the front one and passengers sine one first, these are the most common ones to break. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      BIG C 9 months ago

      I have a 99 Accord V6 when I take off from a dead stop fast there is like a clunk or grind and feels almost like a hit a small speed bump but fast and hard. But as soon as I let off the gas it corrects and works fine and if I take off slow it works fine. normal use down the road is fine also it is only from a dead stop with a fast take off. So right now I baby it when I take off but trying to figure out what it may be?

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      Celeste Karyn Stoop 9 months ago

      Hi, So my issue is this. I have a VW golf and thought originally it was the clutch. The car lags when I try take off and over revs to almost get it to take off. It tends to shake/vibrate. I think the pressure plate is the problem because I've adjusted the clutch and it'll be fine for 2 days and then start doing the same thing again. What possible damages can arise if I drive like this as I don't want to blow my engine if its a possibility?

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      guillermo diaz 9 months ago

      i have an acura rsx 2005 it was good till not so long ago im not sure if its transmission wise or electrical wise. when driving it before the rpms where a little crazy when a accelerating from 2 itll go to 5 and sometimes the car would pull me back for no reason (automatic transmission) my dad later on went to see that the acceleration cable and the transmission cables had to be regulated because he said they werent where they had to be and now it pulls me back less but when slowing down i still feel a little bit of the pull back

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amanda,

      If the fluid is very dirty and the filter is clogged, yes, it can cause issues. I recommend starting with a fluid and filter change (if it has one) and see if the problem gets any better. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Amanda 9 months ago

      I have a 1990 Volvo 740gl....having issues because it drives good until you get up to 40 and it won't shift past that....it's still drives just sounds wide open like I'm flooring it....weird part is after you drive it for a little bit it catchs and finally shifts???it's not low on fluid but does need to be changed....could the fluid be the problem or is our transmission going out???

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      It sounds like you're loosing pressure in the transmission. I recommend changing the trans fluid and filter first, also inspect the old filter for contamination/debris.

      Hi Carla,

      A second opinion is always a good idea, especially with a transmission problem, try to find a transmission specialist.

      Hi Tina,

      If the timing chain tensioner is not tight (worn) is can cause this condition. I trust the Chevy garage knows the problem well because a lot of there vehicles have this problem. Hope this helps.

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      TINA 9 months ago

      Hi

      I have a 2008 GMC Acadia with 129,xxx miles on it. I bought it a little over 30 days ago and about a week ago it started feeling like it would hop/shimmy down the road at about 3 RPM and below 2 RPMS. If I lift my foot off the accelerator it stops and runs great. It has great pick up and it will move down the road. I had a warranty on it and I took it back the guy said it was a solenoid and when he was done with it it was 3 times worse than when he took it. Now it is at the Chevy garage because they are telling him it is the timing chains making it shift into a higher gear before it is up to the right speed. Do you have any idea as to what it might be? I feel like they are just guessing now.

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      Carla s. 9 months ago

      If my 2003 Lincoln LS (automatic) is barely slipping while driving on mountainous roads, and the transmission shop says they need to rebuild , should I get a second opinion?

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      Tony 9 months ago

      I just bought a used 99 f150 2wheel drive with 194k miles on it. At a standing I go to take off and it will rev up and then catch the gear like a neutral drop. And then on the fly it will do the same if excelerated. Could this be the cable issues on recall or ????? Please help

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rachel,

      Are you sure it's the transmission and not the engine? I would suspect the engine is causing this problem, not the transmission if you have never had an issue like this before.

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      Rachel 9 months ago

      Just had a newer motor put in car. works good. I have had no problems with the transmission, now it sounds like it is skipping and shaking, when I get up to

      30. then again at 50. above that, it is fine. my mechanic said he did nothing to the transmission. Help....................

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Russ,

      Call around town and find a shop that has a transmission flush machine. This machine will flush 11-15 quarts of transmission fluid through the transmission while the engine running, it's the best flush procedure for this issue. We have done it many times on the Honda's and have had great success. It worth a shot and a lot cheaper than a trans. Let me know how you make out Russ, thanks.

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      April 9 months ago

      I hope I can get some answer's.

      Ok so a week ago while driving home my 2001 chevy 2wd tahoe didn't want to drive but only 20mph. I had no clue what was happening. I ended up having to push my truck home and had mechanic come change out the filter and fluid. He said it's most likely just clogged up. So when he did that the truck ran fine. I was back on the road. When I tried driving it on the highway though it seemed different to me than before. I could only go about 50mph and the rpm was nearly hitting 4,000. It's never been that high. I have been having fluid leaks about 4 times all week as well. So I told my mechanic and he said it's probably just because he added extra fluid and it has to adjust and come out to get back to normal. So ok I went to autozone and they looked at the fluid it was still high, about 2 inches higher from where it needed to be. Next day I'm at a red light trying to go when it turns green aND the truck started acting up again. It didn't want to drive at all. Like the train, I think I can, I think I can. .. Omg I was so scared at that intersection during traffic. So it's just there aND I don't know what to do now. Please help.

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      russ 9 months ago

      have a 96 explorer ; the trans. fluid camber in the radiator ruptured causing a fluid exchange. i bypassed the radiator with small cooler add on in front of the radiator, drained the trans. and changed the filter after the tans started acting up. added some. adding some Lucas help for a while, but it quite one night and had to be taken to a shop. the guy there said it was shot, but i put some trans X in and drove it home 3 to 4 miles with no problems. now i can drive it around the yard and driveway, but it will start slipping if i try any distance drives. oh and i did change the fluid once more. could you give me any ideas ? or is it time for a new trany? thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Sounds like an internal problem, It's very odd that you have gears dropping off like that. I would start by checking the oil level in the trans, top it off if needed. If the oil level is OK, you may need to replace or rebuild the trans.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Sounds like an internal problem, It's very odd that you have gears dropping off like that. I would start by checking the oil level in the trans, top it off if needed. If the oil level is OK, you may need to replace or rebuild the trans.

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      Melissa 9 months ago

      I have a 1999 Mercury Cougar 2.5L V6 with a manual 5 speed transmission. It started about a month ago when I would be stopped at light or stop sign when I would put the car in 1st gear and I would go to let out on the clutch it would shoot the shifter back and out of gear and grind like we never had the clutch engaged. Now yesterday I was driving to work and went to downshift and could no longer get the car into 1st gear. So I started off in second. Two to three blocks later I was downshifting at a light and could no longer get the car into second gear. I drove from a stop in third gear to reach my destination. I did not smell anything like the clutch burning up. Is my clutch going out or is it going to be a whole transmission rebuild? Or could it also be my pressure plate going out

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rene,

      When the AC is on, usually the idle is higher, and when the heat is on, the idle is lower. It's possible you have a bad motor mount, but I think the idle speed is causing most of your problems here.

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      rene 9 months ago

      I got a Honda accord 2001 lx , when I put my gear to drive my engine would kick in so hard as if want to accelerate. Same thing happen when I stop and go to idle . This happen so badly when my AC is on , but when I put air to heater , the problem would disappear or will minimize it. I already change my Idle valve. What u think is the problem. Mechanic say no transmission problem, its about 200k miles

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi mohawkrog,

      It's sounds like you may have some debris floating around inside the trans or you have a solenoid that is kicking the bucket. All solenoids are external so it maybe an easy fix.

      Hi Jessica,

      your extended warranty should cover diagnostics. You'll need to drop the car off at the dealership the night before so they can drive it in the morning when it's cold, it's the only way for them to reproduce the problem, then you can get it fixed ;) Keep me posted on how you make out, thanks.

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      Jessica Swarbrick 10 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2014 jeep grand cherokee limited with 67k. for the past 3 months the car is shifting very hard into 1,2, and 3 rd gear untill the transmission or motor warm up. I have brought it to the dealer and they say nothing is wrong but i believe there is. They have not driven the car while it is cold so they wouldn't know. This happens every morning and sometimes in the afternoon after work and it has sat for a good 7 hours. I have an extended warranty but i dont think it covers diagnostic.

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      mohawkrog 10 months ago

      All the fluids are good. When this first happened I took it to the shop and they replaced a leaking gasket. I thought that would take care of it. Then a week later it did it again. As I shut the car off and drove it again no problem. Again it only happens every 20th start or so.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi mohawkrog,

      How does your transmission fluid look? is it pink and clean? Where is the level at? When was the last time you replaced the transmission fluid? Let me know, thanks.

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      mohawkrog 10 months ago

      I have a 2005 Honda Accord EX v6 automatic. Every once in a while maybe every 20 times I start my car the transmission slips as I drive the car. If I pull over and stop the car and restart the symptoms are gone and the car drives fine. Any advice would be appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi C Smythe,

      So I assume the shift console doesn't have a drive/ overdrive option?

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      C Smythe 10 months ago

      Just got a 2010 Hundai Accent. Love car, hate the way the overdrive works. I want it to default off and only activate when I choose it so. If impossible could I install a kill switch to serve this purpose?

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alezor,

      If you have no response from the engine when accelerating, I don't think the CVT is the problem, if the RPM rise but the car doesn't move, that may be a CVT issue

      Hi Crystal,

      I recommend keeping the fluid full, not even a little low because it sounds like you're losing pressure when accelerating. It may be a good idea to have an Aamco transmission shop or any transmission shop do a pressure test, it may cost a few bucks, but it may be worth it.

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      crystal 10 months ago

      I have a 2001 ford windstar se sport. Think my transmission is slipping a little. when it tries to go into third gear the rpms go up and down but i dont lose power and the van acts like it is hesitating. I have no engine lights showing and my fluid doesnt smell burnt and is red and clear. What could be going on? Have a small leak in lines at radiator but fluid only slightly low. Please help this is only vehicle I have.

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      alexor13 11 months ago

      My car equipped with a Nissan Xtronic cvt transmission, when it's in a urban drive, the car works as usual. but, when I am on the highway for about 20-30 minutues, speeding at 130-140 km/hr the acceleration becomes lamed and experiencing a delay acceleration. During this, a whining sound which i believed to be from the transmission occurred. I tried once to keep on driving, the acceleration has come to a haul at idling. Floored the pedal and it has no response. Stop the car for a good 30 minutes and it works perfectly . Problem will persist again if speeding again.

      I had checked thoroughly on the fuel supply, air intake and exhaust line. I had replaced all the sensors and all suspected parts, but the problem still persist.

      Now, the only thing is the cvt transmission. Will it cause such a problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      When a standard transmission slips out of gear, usually it's caused by either a bent shift fork or a worn synchronizer collar. Most likely an internal repair so if you can live with it, you'll save a few bucks.

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      saxanyone 11 months ago

      2003 Mazda tribute, standard transmission, 5 speed, with 4 wheel drive, replaced clutch, slipping out of 3rd gear, sometimes,

      usually o.k. under accelearator power.

      ideas?

      thanks

      John

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julie, and you're welcome :)

      The vehicle is getting old, but it may just need some lube on the pivot points of the clutch system like at the pedal hinge and at the slave cylinder where it meets the clutch lever/fork. If you don't notice the clutch slipping, most likely it not, but... the throw out bearing may be hanging up on it's shaft. I know you probably don't know what i'm talking about, but maybe you can ask your mechanic to lube these pivot points and see if it helps.

      If you want to test your clutch for slippage, try staring out in first gear up to 10 mph, then switch to 3rd gear, once your clutch pedal is out all the way in 3rd, push the gas pedal to the floor. If the clutch is slipping, then it should slip under these conditions. Let me know what happens, thanks :)

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      Julie 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My in-laws bought me a 5-speed manual 98 Honda Accord LX a month ago with approx. 125,000 miles--when they gave it to me, no dash lights were on and engaging the clutch and shifting was butter-smooth.

      A week after I got it, the Check Engine light came on for a day or two but then went out. At the time, I figured it was the gas cap and forgot about it.

      Two weeks later, Check Engine light is back on and I think something's up with the transmission/clutch: clutch is squeaky when pushed down and coming back up and 1st-4th gears seem a bit resistant when clutch is engaged and I'm trying to shift into them and there's a clunking noise as I'm shifting. Doesn't seem to happen in 5th.

      I took it to a Honda dealer on Sat. for an early oil change and asked them to run the code for the Check Engine light and could they please check my clutch fluid since shifting seemed a bit "rough" of late. They said the clutch fluid was fine but service advisor said the tech asked him if I'd mentioned anything about slipping (I hadn't). They told me the clutch was going and that to repair it would involve completely removing the transmission and would run from $600-$1,500 and that the catalytic converter also needed to be replaced at a quote of $1,258.

      I don't know much about cars, but I do have a reliable mechanic to whom I go for anything other than an oil or bulb change but he hasn't called me back yet to set appointment. Meanwhile, even though they said the clutch fluid was fine, ever since I got the car back, the shifting seems smoother although the clunking noises are still there.

      Does what the dealer said above sound like it's above-board? I'm interested in any thoughts you have because now we need to figure out if it's worth putting $x into to repair or if we shouldn't bother.

      Thank you very much for all you do for us non-automotively-oriented civilians out here!

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gunther,

      If you're not smelling clutch, it's possible you have oil on the pp plate and disc causing the issue.

      Hi Irene,

      If the transmission light is not on or flashing, most likely it's an internal pressure problem, there are so many possibilities of what's causing it it would be tough to guess.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MS,

      You need to replace the trans, it has too many problem and they are internal.

      Hi John,

      Most likely the master cylinder is leaking inside the vehicle at the pedal rod, or if it the brake master you're talking about, it could be leaking inside the brake booster. Let me know if this helps.

      Hi Ralph,

      It would be wise to change it to a thinner oil like the manual indicates, it will make for a smoother shift.

      Hi Belinda,

      It sounds like your trans is stuck in 2 gears at the same time, but that's almost impossible with a standard trans unless something is binding on the shaft internally. This may need a tare down.

      Hi Jerry,

      Did you happen to use Honda Genuine transmission fluid? If not, I recommend changing it back to Honda fluid ASAP. For whatever reason, Honda transmissions do not like anything but genuine Honda trans fluid.

      Hi Dave,

      Is the trans slipping or is the engine bogging?

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      Dave 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      Great article

      I have a 2003 Ford Focus sedan.

      2 days ago, I got the exchange power steering rack and power steering pump changed as the old one was getting worn out.

      Today, I had trouble going uphill and needed to change gear to cntd driving. This never happen to me.

      Please advise

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      Jerry 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2008 honda accord sedan v6 with lows mileage however the transmission clunks when I put it into drive. It shifts very hard for the first 3 gears when I start moving from a complete stop. Also the downshifts for the first 3 gears are very rough. I have already changed the transmission fluid but it seems to not have helped. Please let me know what I should do. Thanks

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      Jerry 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2008 honda accord sedan v6 with lows mileage however the transmission clunks when I put it into drive. It shifts very hard for the first 3 gears when I start moving from a complete stop. Also the downshifts for the first 3 gears are very rough. I have already changed the transmission fluid but it seems to not have helped. Please let me know what I should do. Thanks

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      Belinda 11 months ago

      We have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 manual transmission. We have had no noticeable issues until 3 days ago. Started truck and put it into reverse to back out of driveway and it crawled but did not notice the RPMS go excessively high. Put it into 1st and started to take off and again it crawled and still did not notice the RPMS go excessively high. When I got it up to speed to put it into 2nd gear it then ran normally. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th gear have no issues. Its just when reversing or starting to take off in 1st gear that it acts like it has no power. So I read your blog here and out of curiosity we did the 3rd gear take off test to see if the clutch was slipping. It rolled and continued to drive it did not stall when releasing the clutch pedal on take off in 3rd gear. The truck does have 200,000 miles on it and to our knowledge the clutch has never been replaced. About 1000 miles ago we did replace the clutch master cylinder and slave. Trying to figure out if we are looking at a transmission issue, clutch or pressure plate issue. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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      Ralph 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am experiencing hard down shifting from 3rd gear to second gear with my Montero 2013 manual 4x4. Just changed the gear oil recently but I found out that the gear oil the mechanic used was SAE 90. The Montero owners manual indicated gear oil to be SAE 75w85. Do I have to change the gear oil again? Thanks.

      Ralph

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      Jason 12 months ago

      Hello Eddie, just bought a 2010 Kia Soul and it's losing brake/clutch fluid observed no puddles or leaks. But I noticed the master cylinder cap was extended, reset, added fluid and after a short drive observed fluid loss and compensator under cap extended once again. No leaks no puddles observed. Master cylinder, clutch cylinder, clutch slave and lines are all dry, no moisture detected on any of the brake calipers. Where do I go from here. Thank you... John

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      John 12 months ago

      Hello Eddie, just bought a 2010 Kia Soul and it's losing brake/clutch fluid observed no puddles or leaks. But I noticed the master cylinder cap was extended, reset, added fluid and after a short drive observed fluid loss and compensator under cap extended once again. No leaks no puddles observed. Master cylinder, clutch cylinder, clutch slave and lines are all dry, no moisture detected on any of the brake calipers. Where do I go from here. Thank you... John

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      Ireneaga 12 months ago

      I have a 2003 Honda Pilot, EXL, Automatic. Two years ago experienced Pilot (119,000 miles) not accelerating onto freeway. Engine Check engine light constantly on. Honda Service could not troubleshoot problem and ended up at a Transmission Shop that replaced various Solenoid assemblies, however this was only a temporary fix.

      The poor acceleration issue continued, the second Transmission shop pulled code po733,Rebuilt Transmission (overhaul kit, 3rd clutch kit, torque converter, bushing kit, center case & ATF multi) which

      cost $4k. Ouch. Since January 2016 experiencing intermittent transmission problem

      in Reverse shifting to Drive, the Pilot gear is not engaging immediately and lurches forward with a loud sound. I feel very unsafe & have lost confidence in driving my beloved Honda Pilot. Any thoughts as to what is going on? Will I have to spend $$ to replace my transmission?

      Thanks for your help! Irene A.

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      Gunther 12 months ago

      I have a 2000 Nissan Altima, Standard Tranny. tranny slipps bad at low RPM,s (below 2500-3000) then will start to pull after that,when I try to accelerate in any gear when I am driving below 3000 rpm the revs will go up to 5000 with no noticeable acceleration, there is no smell of clutch slippage,,is my torque converter gone,if so is it worth fixing ,(car is worth maybe 800 without this problem)

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      ms 12 months ago

      i have a problem with honda civic 1996 (exi) automatic transmission.when i start the car when its engine is cool,the reverse gear work a little,but in hmshoaib720.ms@gmail.comsot condition the revrse gear does not work,and also 4th dear is not working,should i change gear oil or gears need to repair?please any one can help me?

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Israel, not sure if you got it fixed yet. How does the transmission fluid look? Is it dark and dirty or is it pink? Did you change the fluid? Are you checking the fluid level on flat ground with the engine off?

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      Israel 12 months ago

      Good job you're doing. Please got issues with my Honda 2006 Pilot transmission. Car stopped moving all of a sudden though the engine revs while i hear a funny humming sound. Got it packed and got my mechanic to check the following day alas drove some meters without issues but decided to change the gear oil and filter using ATF. Unfortunately the problem is back after driving some blocks, the gear shifts normally from P to D2 except D1 but when in D or R it doesn't move. I've scanned but no codes. please what would you advice to check or work on.

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alex,

      It sounds like you're losing pressure inside the transmission and it's starting to slip. First Check your transmission fluid level, check the owners manual on the proper way to check it. If the level is OK, I recommend having the filter and fluid changed first, sometime a filter can be clogged and will cause a restriction. Let me know if this helps. Sorry so late with the response, life can get real overwhelming when moving into a new house.

      Hi Mitchel,

      What is the problem, symptoms? Manual or auto trans?

      Hi Robert,

      Either your syncro's are damaged or you have a bent shit fork, at least that what it sounds like. I doubt a fluid change would help.

      Hi Steve,

      No, they are two totally different components and are only connected by a drive shaft.

      Hi Don,

      Dirt and debris got into the transmission, it will need to be taken apart completely. You're probably better off getting a remanufactured or salvage yard trans at this point because even the valve body is contaminated at this point, sorry.

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      Don Kennedy 13 months ago from Te Kao / Kaitaia / New Zealand

      Hi, we went 4x4ing through mud and water and noticed the Trans started slipping later in the day, eventually only getting 1st or Reverse but had to let it sit for 20mins or so mins to do so, At home we Found that the Trans Dipstick was missing, Checking the Trans level we found it Pink due to water and or other contaminants getting in, We Flushed the trans with new ATF, Refilled, checked level, let it idle then Ran it through the gears for quite a while and alas No Success, Contemplating we may need to do a Filter Kit change or is it a rebuild? ,,your thoughts appreciated...Regards Don.. NZ

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      Steve 13 months ago

      Hi eddie. Can a bad rear differential be at all the cause of a transmission slipping?

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      Robert 13 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier with a manual transmission. i can shift into 3rd 4th 5th and reverse without a problem but when i try to shift into first it will not go at all, and when i shift into second, it feels like the car jumps into gear sometimes while other times it will go in smoothly. If i am already moving, downshifting into 2nd normally goes smoothly and i wont have a problem, and downshifting into first will give that jumping feeling and a grinding sound when i get into gear. Is this a possible fork break? syncro malfunction? worn gears? or could it have to deal with transmission fluid? I honestly have no clue as to what it is so your help would be greatly appreciated! I have just changed out my gear shift in the hopes that this would fix it because my old shifter case was damaged. Please help me, Thanks.

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      Mitchel 13 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      So what do you think is the problem with my Isuzu Bighorn? I also checked the atf and leaks if there's any but it's all normal, Do you think it's a worn clutch disk or transmission solenoid. Thanks

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      Mitchel 13 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      So what do you think is the problem with my Isuzu Bighorn? I already check the fluid level of transmission and leaks if there's any but its all normal. Do you think its a worn clutch disc or transmission solenoid? Thanks

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      alex 13 months ago

      Hi eddie I know nothing about cars so I hope you can help me out. So I have a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500. now when I put it in reverse gear sometimes it doesn't want to reverseit feels like it's in neutral but it's not it's in reverse. so sometimes I have to wait put it in park and tried again and sometimes it still won't work.and before that I drove it on the freeway and I was trying to go 60 miles or more and it just stopped accelerating and it slowed down so I pulled to the side and turned it off and tried it again butit did not work if I would past 20 miles per hour it wouldn't really go.I had one person tell me it was a transmission another person said It was slipping. now I want to take it to a mechanic but I don't have money for it right now and a lot of times some mechanics don't fix it or just lie about what it is. yes it's really hard nowadays to find a good mechanic that is sincere around here so I'm hoping that you can help me out maybe just a little bit Offerman answers would be fine if not I really appreciate your time.oh and I wanted to know if you do know what's wrong with it how much would it cost

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      Kusal 13 months ago

      Hi, I have a Nissan Micra 1999 with CVT auto gear. I drove through few puddles 2 days ago, since then gear is not working i.e. nothing happening when I put it into R or D or S , is this slipping? I never had any problem before. What could be the possible cause and cure? Please help me.

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maurice, sorry about the long delay, I just moved into a new home and I haven't had much time to answer questions. What you describe is a skip in the engine, most likely a spark plug wire or spark plug. If you haven't already fixed the issue, try a new plug first then a new wire. If neither fix the issue, it may be something more serious.

      Hi Alex,

      The noise you're hearing is most likely the input shaft bearing at the front of the transmission. The only way to replace it is to r&r the trans and tare it down to the case. The bearing sits at the bottom of the input shaft.

      Hi Burnsie,

      The sound you're hearing is caused by air pockets in the coolant. Some car's do not have this sound and other cars you can't seem to get rid of the sound. It doesn't harm anything or cause problems. Hope this helps.

      Hi James,

      I wish I had a solid answer for you, but I don't. Your better off having a transmission expert test it for a couple hundred dollars, then to take a chance by throwing parts at it.

      Hi Mitchel,

      The reverse gear is usually a direct drive gear with no clutch pac, so even if the the transmission is blown in all forward gears, it would still drive in reverse. Hope this helps.

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      Mitchel 13 months ago

      Hi Sir Eddie,

      My Isuzu Bighorn 3.1 diesel automatic transmission wont run forward even if you accelerate at high rpm but when i shift to reverse it runs normal. I was thinking that its a worn clutch disc or a the transmission solenoid only.

      Is it possible that if you have a sliding clutch the reverse shift will not be affected?

      Thanks

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      Mitchel 13 months ago

      My Isuzu bighorn 3.1 diesel automatic transmission sudden slipping. The problem is when i put to drive it does not move even if i accelerate too high but when i put to reverse i moves normal..i dont think that the problem is a sliding clutch because it moves normal on reverse. What do you think would be the problem? Is it the transmission solenoid? Because it happens when i start the engine for a few minute then suddenly i smell a burned clutch then when i put to drive the car wont move? Can you help me diagnose the problem before i go to mechanic. Thanks

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      James Rrrr 13 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 1991 nissan pathfinder given to me with a faulty transmission. The auto trans wont shift into second. I have first and reverse. The atf is dirty and smelling burnt. I checked the fluid level and it looks overfill.

      I know that i need to flush the trans and change the filter. And possibly change the 1st, 2nd solenoid. So my question is, should i change the 1st, 2nd shift solenoid at the same time as the flush? Could it be the ecu, o2, or other sensors? There is no codes to be seen as i checked.

      Being a free car, i don't want to spend a lot of dollars on it. Its older and has alot of miles on it.

      Any advice would be appreciated.

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      Burnsie 14 months ago

      Wondering if you know what causes the percolating sound in heater right after engine starts up. Thank you

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      Alex 14 months ago

      Dogg_dogg18@yahoo.com

      hey Ed!

      GREAT article!

      Here's my problem. 92 civic Lx 4 banger standard tran 250k miles

      When I get my first & second gear up to roughly 2k rpm it sounds like it's grinding. Doesn't happen in 3,4, or 5th gear as much or a lot lighter.. It sounds perfect, a smooth vrooooooom, then get real rough & sounds like grinding or high revving sounding. Any ideas?

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      Rahul 14 months ago

      Hi,

      I have Toyota Innova 2.5V Model, Since last 1 Week, i am facing a problem of Gear Slipping. I visited a local guarage, they suggested me to change the gear box....

      Please provide me your solution.

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      Gary Comer 14 months ago

      My transmission went out with 11500 miles on it, Is it ok to drive it 30 miles to get it repaired with a rebuilt transmission, it is a 1993 ford automatic F150 pickup truck, 2 wheel drive?

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      joshua 14 months ago

      92 accord at steady speed goes at a sertan rpm and jumps up about 500rpms tjen catches kinda feels like slipping almost but mph stays the same replaced capasitor in TCU.

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      ugh. car troubles 14 months ago

      Hello,

      I just purchased a 2002 kia sportage and over the past few days it has:

      - Made clicking sound (at first I thought it was paper rattling from air coming out of the vents). Was intermittent. Then for one day was consistent. Now doesn't happen.

      - had a strange smell when accelerating. Not strong, just light burning type. Am still not positive the smell was from my car as it was so faint and was only at first acceleration from a stop.

      - latest is a whooshing sound (sounds like from the engine) in first gear. Starts fine from second and it reverses fine. But feels "off" in other gears too.

      - check engine light is on

      Thoughts? I'm going to make an appointment for it to get looked at and I'm not driving it until it has been looked at, I'm trying to prepare myself for what this might end up costing.

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      Mark Medrano 15 months ago

      Hey Eddie, I've got a 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 42re transmission in it automatic 5-speed. I have a transmission pan leak and and everytime I drive it it will hesitate once in awhile at high speeds making tactics & my battery gauge drope then backnowledge up. I imagine that's a slip and then power loss but when I'm at stop signs and street lights my engine will just shut off. Could the two sensors inside the transmission be the problem because I just had it rebuilt a year ago.

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      Sean 15 months ago

      Hello I have a 95 Plymouth voyager 3.3lt Automatic that leaks tranny fluid possibly from front pump area not sure however it leaks about a quart every 1500 miles anyway I checked it one day I had an hour trip and was in a hurry it should had been fine the engine was normal running temp and said there was no fluid at all it was running fine but still freaked me out anyway I put one quart in and checked believing it was 2 or more low and then it was just barely above full. I had been driving for an hour at the time and was 45 min away from any supply store and had nothing to remove fluid so I drove to store and got a tube and took out half a quart anyway it still runs however every now and again I feel something faint but can't make it out except for today it slipped once and it was a half quart low which I added and haven't driven yet but could you tell me what kind of damage I may be looking at and is it possible to save tranny at this point also fluid may have a slight burnt smell now but want info I cannot find before changing fluid it has 200,000 miles and the person I purchased it off of lied about maintaining the vehicle I have put much more then it's worth into it but too much to give up now motor runs actually everything is in excellent condition other then tranny of course.

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      thomas 15 months ago

      is it ok that the rpms go between 2 and 3

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      Maurice Oduor 15 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      In relation to the Honda CRV above, it has 150k miles on it. I did the Stall RPM test and the RPM maxed at 2500 didn't go above 2500 in all gears D4, D3, D2, D1 and R. Now am confused, everybody (mechanics i have visited) says i install a new transmission, except one guy who suggested that I should first check engine to ensure that it actually is performing as expected before rushing to trans. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

      By, the way am from Uganda, East Africa and I really appreciate you sharing this info.

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      Rushane 15 months ago

      I put my car in gear and disengage the clutch and it won't move. What Could Be The Cause of that?

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      Maurice Oduor 15 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for the info very enlightening. I have a honda crv 1995, japanese import. Recently I did ATF fluid change using Dextron-III (honda ATF not available here and D-III is the best we have) from there when i accelerate from a stop on D4 gear it really struggles to move and once it reaches 25-30KPH, the second gear engages and it then moves on well. The rest of the gears have good power upto the 4th (torque lockup).

      When I start the car in D1 gear acceleration seem to have more power than in D4. Everything works well. Climbing hills from dead stop is a really struggle and D4 can't manage, D1 will climb but under extreme strain. My local mechanics are advising to change the transmission - some good $$$$, but I was thinking maybe its something else.

      When I start the car and in idling and i disconnect the spark plug cables one at a time, there is one plug that has no effect as in the car doesn't appear to want to go off when it is disconnected. The rest three would behave like the car wants to go off. I don't know if there is a connection.

      Regards.

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      David Ortega 15 months ago

      Hello. I have a 2002 jeep wrangler that feels like im going over rumvle strips when going from 1st to 2nd gear. It only happens if i accelerate faster than normal. Any suggestions?

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      Sam 15 months ago

      We have a 2004 Hyndia Accent. Yesterday while driving down the highway we heard a loud noise more when I would excellerate, it was like a grinding noise. And when I would apply the gas, it felt like there were air pockets but the car would still excellerate. We have the vehicle serviced for regular maintenance when due & take it in for any additional concerns. What does it sound like? The noise just started & I don't know what it is. I hope to hear what your thoughts are about our new noise. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ashley, and thanks :)

      No, that's the way you're suppose to do it, when you're riding the biting point is when you cause excessive wear and tear. Good questions :)

      Hi Diana,

      I would start by checking the transmission fluid level and condition, if everything looks OK, find a reputable mechanic, or bring it to a shop that specializes in transmission repairs. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Diana 15 months ago

      YESTERDAY HAD A MECHANIC LOOK AT MY 07 FORD FUSION SE DUE TO TRANS SLIPPING. NOW HE IS A MECHANIC FOR FRONTIER DODGE!! WELL I MAY BE A BLONDE WITH BLUE EYES BUT BY FAR I AM NOT STUPID!!! THE BOOTS ON MY FRONT TIRES NOR MY STRUTS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MY TRANSMISSION. SO JUST SAYING BE WISE N GET AN HONEST MECHANIC!!

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      Ashley jenkin 15 months ago

      hi eddie great site btw!. when im at a junction waiting for traffic to pass i always have my clutch pressed right in and in first gear waiting for a space so i can pull out, is that doing any damage to the clutch? i dont mean im riding the biting point, i mean the clutch pressed to the floor.

      Thanks

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      Harry Leroy 16 months ago

      Oh thanks! It's definitely never gotten worse. It did improve for a while, however, after we added some of that transmission fix. But yeah, 2 years, 20K miles, and it's the only symptom.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathryn,

      What you describe doesn't sound like a problem, more like a characteristic of that transmission. Older Honda transmissions had a similar issue, it was a slow delay and a soft engagement, but it was just the way the transmission worked. I think if it's been doing it for 20k miles and it's never gotten worse, I really would worry about it. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Harry Leroy 16 months ago

      Dear Eddie,

      Thanks for being so generous with your time and knowledge! Hopeful you can give us a suggestion. I've been reading random transmission information pages online for a couple of weeks now, trying to make a decision on our used Subaru (automatic transmission, bought it used 2 years ago at 60,000 miles, and we've added another 20,000). We're going to have to do a catalytic converter repair soon, or trade in the car and go with something else. Happy to do the repair, but if the transmission is likely to need expensive work in the near future, we'll probably go with plan B.

      Again, the car is old--2001 Subaru Legacy--but it only has about 85,000 miles on it. When we bought it two years ago, there was a short delay before the drive gear would engage after starting the car. The problem temporarily solved by adding Lucas Oil transmission fix. There doesn't seem to be a leak, however, and our trusted mechanic, who has flushed the system twice and changed the transmission filter once, has no ideas for us. The problem isn't bad, and for two years now it has NOT gotten worse, nor is there any other problem--meaning there are no slips or hesitation at higher speeds! No funny noises, no other symptoms that we've noticed. I will try again on my own to see whether there's a leak, but is it possible for a transmission to have just this one symptom for 2 years and 20,000 miles? If it were an expensive problem, should we expect it to have gotten worse?

      Many thanks for any thoughts (haven't seen that anyone has asked this particular question, but apologies if I missed it).

      Kathryn

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kb, check the cooling lines going to the radiator, it sounds like you may have a leak in that area. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      kb help me 17 months ago

      I have a 1977 Lincoln continental c6 tranny a lot of fluid leaked out had the car only for a few months driven about 30 miles since purchase was not leaking before but now will not grab any gears looks like its leaking close to drivers side front tire

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      Donna 17 months ago

      I have a 06 madza tribute 4 cylinder I've replaced cluch master cylinder an slave cylinder now my transmission light is coming on an off does it need to be bleed more ? Or what could it be oh an I just has motor rebuilt

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      I had the same problem with my 2015 F150, when I brought it in for the first oil change I asked if there was a software update for the the transmission control unit and there was, my problem is 80% better but it still happens a little on really steep hills.

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      john 19 months ago

      I just purchased a new gmc Sierra 2500 HD . I noticed going up the steep hill at my girlfriends the truck started to shimmy up the hill . I down shift by giving it some gas pedal then it shifts up and starts to shimmy again . It won't downshift on its own it just stayes in gear until I give it more pedal to down shift . What's going on with my brand new gmc that has 1150 miles .

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lori,

      I recommend checking the transmission fluid level first, check the owners manual first on the proper way to check the transmission fluid level. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Lori 20 months ago

      Hi! We finally purchased a second car over the summer! I decided that I wanted a VW Jetta ~ bought a 2002 with lo mileage low n behold it's got a list of problems! The car has been driving fine up until recently! Went to drive it to the store on the highway everything was fine until I got home stopped to check mail at mailbox get back in to drive car and park it and it would not move at all, finally put it on reverse then it barely moved enough for me to park it! Please help! I spent over $4,000 and have only had the car 5 months!

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JPeer,

      Sounds like maybe the pressure plate is having an issue, with the car being that old and sitting for a while, it would be a good idea to freshen up the clutch with new parts.

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      JPeer 20 months ago

      I purchased a 93 Supra with a twin disk OS Giken clutch. When I first picked it up it would pull hard (with 750whp) in 1st thru 4th but in 5th or 6th it would flash the rpms like it was in neutral at any engine speed. Drive the car back 770 miles and it got better to the point that it would only occasionally slip in high gear. The clutch doesn't fully disengage until the last inch of upward pedal travel. The car sat for 9 months before i bought it. Any ideas what this could be?

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rocky,

      It sounds like your pickup screen is getting clogged as the transmission warms up. I recommend changing the filter and clean the pickup screen to start and see if that helps. The problem is your loosing pressure in the transmission, now you just need to figure out why. It could be a pump, o-ring, gasket, etc, starting with the filter is the cheapest test. Keep me posted on what happens Rock, thanks.

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      rocky 21 months ago

      We have a 1988 Chevy pickup truck, with automatic transmission, when it warms up the transmission slips when it shifts, and reverse stops working. You can turn the truck off then right back on, the reverse and shifting starts working again, until it gets hot again. We checked the kickdown cable, changed the fluid. And we put a transmission coolent on it. We haven't checked the transmission filter, but other than that what could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi ljuarez ,

      I recommend having the fluid level and condition checked first. It may be possible to change the fluid and get some more life out of it. Let me know if you can afford a fluid change, if so, let me know how it drives after, thanks :)

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      ljuarez 21 months ago

      I have a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE V6 A/T with 105k miles. At around 100k, the gears would slip around 40-45mph. It would try to shift, but just rev, then eventually grab. This problem has not been AS prevalent recently (mostly just in the mornings, when the engine is still cold), BUT now around 40mph, the vehicle shakes--it feels as if I am driving a M/T and the clutch isn't grabbing--it kind of vibrates. Any idea what could be causing this? I cannot afford to have transmission replaced. Thanks! :)

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Awesome Edem, this is great information for other readers so thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

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      Edem Boy 21 months ago

      Hi Eddie, tends out it was due to a wrong type of ATF we got a different brand from a different dealer and voila now the vehicle moves. Thanks

      so much

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jewelrunner,

      There are a lot of things that can cause a situation like that. Is the check engine light on?

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      jewelrunner 22 months ago

      I have a 2003 Mazda Protege, automatic.

      Sometimes, when the car is set in drive but I am applying the brakes for an extended period (such as at a red light, or stuck in traffic) the car will start vibrating, and sometimes it even shuts off (not the battery, but the engine). Then I have to shift into park, turn the car off, turn it back on, and shift back into drive! I'm sure this has pissed off some people behind me at red lights, understandably.

      Also, once I start accelerating after a braking period, there is usually a delayed acceleration. The car stutters for a second, and then lunges forward a couple of times. Once it gets up to speed, however, there are no issues.

      Based on what I have read on this page and from other online research, my semi-educated guess is that the spark plugs are causing the problem. I am certainly crossing my fingers that is it the spark plugs, as opposed to there being something wrong with the tranny.

      I just wanted to describe my specific situation to see what you think! Thank you so much for running these hubs, they are a godsend for mechanically disinclined folks such as myself!

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      And this only started after the mechanic remove and cleaned the filter? I think the filter is not installed completely, but it's just a guess.

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      Edem Boy 22 months ago

      At first we just drained and filled., went to see a mechanic who removed the filter washed it and installed it back as one was not readily available. Two days later thw car won't budge

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Did you just drain and fill the transmission or did you replace the filter as well?

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      Edem Boy 22 months ago

      Thanks very much, this all started when we changed the ATF

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Edem Boy,

      Nice of you to do your homework for your dad and brother :) If the neutral light is blinking, you most likely have a transmission issue with a stored code. You may need to find someone who can retrieve the code from the cars computer, this will tell you what is causing the issue.

      I recommend checking the transmission fluid level and condition first because if it's low on fluid or it's very dirty, it will cause all kinds of problems. Let me know if this helps.

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      Edem Boy 22 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I do not yet know how to drive but the information here has helped me to also be able to contribute something meaniful when my dad n brothers are talking. Thank you

      We have a mitsubishi montero 2002 automatic, when driving approacing 40mph there is this vibration under tyethe as if u have passing over a ramp. Recently the transmission seems to be slipping while driving the vehicle will suddenly brake with the drive indicator light dimming and the neutral light will start blinking. Please what might be the cause of this. Any contribution is deeply accepted.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Ronnie that's great!! Thanks so much for coming back to update me on your situation, the information is priceless.

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      Ronnie 22 months ago

      an update to the repairs... I didn't mention before that the oil and filter has never been changed with 198,000 miles. I changed the shift Solenoid Valves 1 ac delco for $12 online and 1 $28 one from the local auto store (store was a 'need it now, not wait for one to be shipped') But my Tahoe runs like a dream!!

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      Ronnie 22 months ago

      Thank you for your response. I will do as you suggest

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ronnie,

      If you didn't have any problems before the filter and fluid change, you may not have installed the filter properly, if it's not seated completely it can lose pressure and cause all kinds of problems.I recommend going back in to check your work. Hope this helps and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Ronnie 22 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe with 195,000 miles. I thought it was time to change the trans oil and filter. After doing this the gears R321 all work perfectly but Drive seams to start out and stay in high gear, not shifting down at the slow speed when first engaging. After driving a short mini drive 1/2 block and turned it off the hot popping sound from the trans pan was heard... Any ideas?

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      Ronnie 22 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe with 195,000 miles. I thought it was time to change the trans oil and filter. After doing this the gears R321 all work perfectly but Drive seams to start out and stay in high gear, not shifting down at the slow speed when first engaging. After driving a short mini drive 1/2 block and turned it off the hot popping sound from the trans pan was heard... Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're very welcome Arjun, If you ever need any automotive advice, I'll be right here and do my best to answer your questions :)

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      arjun joshi 22 months ago

      Thank you very much Eddie .

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arjun,

      I had no idea people would be talking about me in India, I'm glad I can help people all over the world :)

      Synchro rings will NOT cause a transmission to slip, synchro rings help keep the transmission in gear, it locks the two moving gears together like a detente would. Slipping is usually caused by lack of pressure, either by the pump, damaged or worn o-rings or gaskets. Slipping can also be caused by very contaminated fluid or low fluid. Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you Arjun, thanks.

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      arjun joshi 23 months ago

      Hey eddie...this is arjun joshi from india. i have mahindra bolero camper gold pickup van. Tell me something about syncroizer ring type gearbox. I have some slipping problem from couple of days. Today my mechanic checked and said to change that rings and dog catcher. Now what should i do. I haven't change gear fluid till today, as my car is 2 year old...i heard of you today from a auto part retailer that your are a big manufacturer of type of transmissions. its so nice of you for giving us your advices. thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi flbeachbum03,

      It sounds like the clutch pressure switch is starting to fail or you have some debris in the transmission that is starting to clog the filter/screen. Have you had the transmission fluid changed regularly at it's normal or recommended interval? Let me know, thanks.

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      flbeachbum03 23 months ago

      Hi, I have a automatic trans 2007 elantra with 159000 miles. The first problem started about 2 weeks ago when I was driving and my car went into neutral and then I put it back in drive and seemed fine till I got home then the engine light came on and the code read po700. I cleared the code and took a chance thinking maybe I hit the shifter myself. I drive 70 miles a day and was fine for 2 weeks till today. I was driving and the car bucked and sounded like I was going to drop the engine then it was ok. I got gas and drove about 1/4 mile then it seemed to feel like neutral then the engine light came on. I went to aamco but they can't look at till Saturday so it is in my driveway till then. Any ideas?

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenn,

      The power steering fluid is probably leaking internally into the steering rack end boots. The fluid will eventually leak out, but I think for now it's just pooling up inside the boots.

      I know you live in Florida but you still need to use antifreeze, it protects the engine from corrosion (rust and failing parts), but it also raises the boiling point of the cooing system. Your water could just be evaporating because you do not have a 50/50 mix of coolant. I recommend adding a gallon of coolant to the system and see if the fluid level drops. Also keep in mind that the coolant level is always fluctuating between hot and cold levels, so always check the coolant level when the engine is cold before you start the engine. Let me know if you have other questions :)

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      Jennifer 24 months ago

      Ok i have checked the steering fluid (used owner manual to make sure its right) I also had the coolant fluid filled. My transmossion fluid is a little overfilled (which i hear is just as bad as being low, what damages would it cause if overfilled?) My oils is good too. My puzzling question, i see no leaks of any sorts on the ground BUT my coolant and my steering fluid keeps dropping and going low. Ive asked what could be causing it and ive been told that steering fluid could be leaking into coolant but why would my coolant be low now? I do have noises squealing when i turn wheel and even at time when I dont so when i check the steering fluid its low AGAIN! Ive had to fill it with over a quart over the course of a week or two. As for the coolant its been about 3 months since it was checked bc i apparently had a broken water pump, when i looked in resevoir the coolant color was good and swirling, now its so low i can barely see it. (I will be filling it again today) so after all that my question is...Why? Why are both fluid frequently getting low and showing no other signs of leaks? Ive looked everywhere. Very FUSTRATED!! I have a 1999 ford taurus that has just over 103k miles on it. HELP!! O and I live in florida now, and have heard that people hear use WATER and not coolant which seemed to be the case when i had the water pump fixed, other than it rusting everthing from the inside out, what else can it do and what signs if any can i see or hear? This car has been a nightmare since i got screwed into buying it out of deseration amd having my gf there telling them i need to drive off lot with a car. (The dealer was a "buy here pay here place with no warrenty and buy as is" HELP HELP HELP!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marvin,

      There is no filter on that transmission, you can just drain and fill the trans, but make sure you use genuine Honda Transmission fluid otherwise you could make the sifting issue worse. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks.

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      Marvin 2 years ago

      I have a Honda Odisey.Transmission slips and jerks when it gets hot.How do I change the Filter and Fluid.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Naddy,

      I recommend checking the transmission fluid level first, hopefully it just low, but you may have a leak inside the transmission cooler located at the bottom of the radiator. If your transmission fluid level is high and a milky pink, most likely you have coolant in the transmission. Lets start there and see what you find.

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      naddyLloyd 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 1997 Volvo S90 and we got this car with a busted radiator hoes( easy fix) and we fixed the hose and was cleaning the engine area where all the leaked nasty fluid was at with water. The kid that owned it must have put something in the radiator to get it to stop leaking before he sold it to us, cause he couldn't fix it. Once we fixed the hose it was driving fine but after we cleaned the engine with the car running, now the transmission won't go into any gear. if we put it in drive and rev the engine high it will go forward a bit but we can't drive it at all. The check engine light is now on and the other day the arrow that indicates "wet/winter mode" was flashing. Found a way to get that off but it's a signal that there is something wrong with the transmission. We figured that much but it had to happened when we cleaned the engine of the nasty stuff that spued all over it Due to the radiator. Please help, and I hope it's just something electrical. I have looked all over the internet to try to find out what we did and if we can fix it! Please help us.... Thanks

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      brea alicia 2 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brea,

      At this point I recommend bringing it to a transmission shop to have them diagnose it. It may be just a solenoid of something simple and not so costly, hopefully.

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      brea alicia 2 years ago

      Hi, I recently bought a 97 dodge caravan its at about 120,000 miles now. A month or two ago i was pulling out of the driveway when it jerked a bit and i noticed all lights came on check engine, abs, brakes, airbags, oil. And gas went down to empty. My uncle/mechanic told me to unplug the battery, lights went off and seemed to be fine until a few days later it happened again i needed the check engine light off for my driving test that day so i unplugged battery. A week or so after that it started slipping a little while on highway, give it a little gas and problem goes away. Did a tune up. Checked my tranny fluid once again and now it was dark brown so had it flushed now its slipping even more not just on highway but at red lights, when van is still cold. Please help haha

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      Creston 2 years ago

      Thank you Eddie for directing me in these easy steps.

      What could be a maximum permissible mileage on a car?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Accord, Civic, Altima, and Camry are all good, but I recommend sticking with something around 2005 or newer if your looking for something more reliable with limited problems.

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      Creston 2 years ago

      Thank you Eddie,

      Can you be even more specific in terms of models and years?

      I guess the less overwhelming electronics and more proven mechanical solutions the better (but my guess could be wrong).

      Where to start?

      Mid-nineties? Older?

      Accord? Camry?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I really like the used Honda and Toyota's, they really seem to hold there value, not to mention I worked on Honda cars since 1984 so I know what kind of problems they have. Keep me posted on what you decide to buy Creston, and if you have any questions during the buying process, let me know if I can help :)

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      Creston 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Now that I can drive again, it's time to think of buying a car.

      What older used car/cars would you recommend?

      Your real expertise helps a lot.

      Creston

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Creston, You're welcome.

      Wow that's pretty cheap for a trans overhaul, good for you, plus you saved $400, Awesome!! Thanks for all the updated, this is really great information for other readers including myself. I know a lot about cars, but I certainly don't know everything :)

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      Creston 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My transmission has been rebuilt in one day, in the East LA shop for the price of $ 800.

      There, too, I was told that the low gear was gone (in the same manner, by driving a couple of yards).

      I towed the car there early in the morning and took it back before 5 pm.

      I saw them working on it for a while. The shop was recommended to me.

      Thank you Eddie for helping all of us.

      Creston

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      Creston 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      And thank you for a quick advise.

      First transmission shop in Glendale, today, told me that forward clutch was so bad that didn't even make sense to test drive the car (they drove a few yards). No other tests were done. They wanted to rebuild it for $1,200.

      Tomorrow another shop to change the oil and filter and make some adjustments. I'm going to tow the car there. Hopefully, I'll get better results.

      Yes, I'll keep you updated.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Creston,

      The first thing I recommend is changing the transmission fluid and replacing the filter, it's cheap, easy, and quick. You'll know right away if the filter was the problem. Or you could take it to a transmission shop and have them check the pressures in the transmission. Either way, let me know what you find, and thanks, your feedback is very much appreciated :)

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      Creston 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My 1986 Crown Victoria Wagon (5.0 l) with Heavy Duty/High Torque Automatic Transmission (200, 000 mi) started slipping a lot in forward up to reaching about 35 mpg. After that seems OK on the freeway. Oil color and level is fine. The filter is very old.

      Can this be adjusted?

      Do I need to rebuild the transmission?

      Thanks for your great attitude and website.

      Creston

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I know John,

      Like I said, I haven't seen one of those transmission in a while, so I wasn't sure about the solenoids.

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      john 2 years ago

      Thanks Eddie

      Gotta say that's not the answer I was hoping for but I'll take it to a shop and have it checked out. As far as it having solenoids ,a few years ago I replaced the engine due to crash damage and didn't have one of the solenoids plugged in fully and the car wouldn't move but I got a d4 code indicating a problem with the solenoid. I'll keep you posted and thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John, 1994 Accord?

      With the transmission being that old, I would guess the clutch pack o-rings are worn and are leaking fluid internally. It's been a while since I have even looked at a transmission that old and I'm not even sure if there are any solenoids on the trans. I recommend taking it to a transmission shop like Aamco where they can hook up some pressure gauges and test the trans without taking it apart. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      John 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie

      I have a 94 accord lx wagon with automatic tranny. It slips when the shifter is in D4 when you first accelerate and slightly at the 1st to 2nd shift but doesn't slip if you accelerate slowly or if you put the gear selector in 1st and manually shift through the gears. there are no D4 codes showing ( the light comes on when you turn on the ignition and goes out when it starts). A fluid exchange was done about a year ago just before taking the car on a 7,000 mile trip with no issues. the fluid is full on the stick and as fresh as when it went in. I was thinking solinoid but wouldn't I be getting a code? Any direction or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeff,

      If you RPM's are high at idle, you may have knocked off a vacuum line in the engine compartment. You said is sounds like an exhaust leak, so maybe you're hearing a vacuum leak (that would raise the RPM's to 3000). Having low transmission fluid would not cause a high RMP while in park, only while driving. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Rick,

      Some older cars did use regular 10w40 motor oil in the standard transmission, but you really need to check the dealership or the owners manual if you still have one, for the proper fluid to use. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Rick.

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      rick 2 years ago

      my daughter has a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, 5 speed manual transmission. I had heard it's ok to put motor oil in replace of the transmission fluid is this correct? and why would that be better?

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      Jeff 2 years ago

      So...my 99 Jeep Wrangler (4 cyl Automatic) is having some problems...today I paid to get the transmission fluid replaced, forgetting that I had just done it two years ago. Anyway, now it revs really high PRMS (3000) while in Park or even Neutral, and it seems like it can't find the lower gears. Highway driving is fine but neighborhood streets it's like a wild horse ready to run away at any moment. I checked the fluid level per owners manual and it didn't even register on the crosshatch. So I added more while it was warm. Drove a little after work and it was slightly better, added more fluid to where the dipstick shows it's correct. But I'm still having the same issues- high RPMS at park & neutral, seems to be sucking gas like crazy and it sounds like there's a hole in the exhaust somewhere in the engine compartment (maybe unrelated). Any ideas? Tomorrow I plan on checking the fluid levels again, and looking for leaks. I have no evidence of any leaks on a basic inspection....I'm just mad because it was doing fine before the change. I thought I was doing something nice for the ol' beast but now she's all messed up.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Yes Rindi, most likely it's the slave cylinder or the clutch master cylinder. I would start by checking the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder first and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      rindi buller 2 years ago

      Hi eddie , thank you for the response , in reguards to the clutch when I pished on it went all the way to the ground and not all does it feel normal.how do I check the fluid in the tranny? Could it possiable be the clutch slave cylinder?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      An 88? You'll be very lucky if it's only a solenoid or sticking valve. I recommend bringing it to a transmission specialty shop, they will test the transmission at the pressure test ports and should be able to give you a definitive answer weather it's internal or external. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Steve 2 years ago

      My 88 pathfinder is slipping in second and third gear - not first or reverse. Unless I'm starting out on flat ground and let off the gas it won't shift Into second gear and same from second to third. Once I'm up to speed it shifts fine - even when slight incline comes along it shifts from OD back down to third........I'm hoping it's just a silenoid or vaccum problem - I recently added Lucas 24oz trans no slip / stop leak and 50mi later not much change........

      What say you???

      Thanks, Steve

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rindi,

      It sounds like something in the clutch let go. How does the clutch pedal feel? Is it normal?

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      rindi stevens 2 years ago

      Above message honda accord 5 speed.i couldnt move it out of middlr of road. Thank you

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      rindi stevens 2 years ago

      Hi i had a question reguard my 1991 honda accord 6 speed ,just had a minth ago the transmission replacrd and clutch, two days ago while i was driving i heard a loud clank noise from front end and my car would go into any gear but fourth and i couldnt move itbout of the road my husband finlly put a straparound top shaft on tranny and i got home in fourth gear . My car runs but now neutral gear is fourth gear what has caused this

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Austin,

      It sounds like you either have a range switch problem, or you have an internal transmission problem, it's probably nothing you can fix yourself. I recommend bringing it to a transmission shop to have it checked out, they will be able to tell you what's wrong by doing some electrical and pressure tests. Keep me posted on what they find.

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      AustinG95 2 years ago

      My 2000 cadillac seville sls when it warms up it seems like reverse is in park but in neutral in backs up when I go forward in drive it goes so far then it applies the brakes what could it be

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      AustinG 2 years ago

      I have a 2000 cadillac seville sls it runs rough and when it warms up it seems like reverse in park and neutral is reverse it goes perfect in reverse but when put it in drive it will go for so long and it applies the break put in reverse put it back in drive and it drive alittle farther then happens again need help ASAP

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel, I think I missed something, You say it happens with the symptom of the oil pressure gauge? What symptom??? Give me all the details without skipping over any major details," Like your oil pressure gauge reads with the key off" ??? The more intricate details, the better.

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      daniel 2 years ago

      Hello i have a 2003 zr2 s10 pickup and its slipping out of gear when i turn the steering wheel or when it down shifts and i accelarate it once again. i pull over and park it and put it in gear again and it moves again no check engine light fluid leves are good but whem i apply the brakes it feel like something is moving underneath vehicle. Aldo it only seems to happen after 10 minutes of driving and along with the symptom the oil pressure gauge in the engine starts to fluctuate i have even had the key out of the ignition and the oil pressure still reads could it be improper grounding cauding all these problems?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paquibs,

      The 3rd clutch switch is located near the dipstick and the 2nd clutch switch is located under the air cleaner box. If you go to my website http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Leaks-Red-Fl... and leave me a comment in the Disqus comment box, I can add some pictures for you, I just can't add them here.

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      paquibs 2 years ago

      I think i have found the shift solenoids. They are hidden inside the solenoid cover just under the dual linear solenoid. I would think that they are all submerged with ATF. Anyway i will have to look on this on weekend. If you could share proper way of testing this would be very helpful thank you very much.

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      paquibs 2 years ago

      Thanks Eddie for your response. I did checked again my atf level and its just between the crosshatch marker. I started the engine and let it idle for 10 mins then turn off. After 2 mins i checked the fuel level again and its way below the tip of the dipstick. Is this the proper way of checking the fuel level? My assumption is that this is what honda called Normal Operating Temperature. Kindly advice.

      I've been searching the net on where can i locate the shift solenoid but seems to no avail. However i found these to be the shift solenoids for my crv model: 28400-PRP-004 SS/A & 28500-PRP-004 SS/B. Is this something that can be seen outside the tranny? I can only see the linear solenoids (single & dual) attached to the tranny. If you could provide a simple picture for me so i can figrue it out on how to get this replaced. I appreciate your response. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nate,

      It sounds like your clutch is definitely slipping. I recommend having it replaced asap so you don't damage the flywheel Keep me posted on how you make out, thanks.

      Hi Paquibs,

      Make sure your engine is off and the car is on level ground when checking the fluid level. The fluid should be between the crosshatch marks on the dipstick. I just checked the code and it says " This code is caused by an electrical circuit problem and cannot be caused by a mechanical problem in the transmission." So you may need to have the shift solenoids tested and replaced as needed. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      paquibs 2 years ago

      I've been searching the web for three weeks looking for a solution to my problem but seems to no avail. I started giving up and would think of bringing my car to a repair shop and have my vehicle checked. But seeing this article gives me little hope. I have 2003 CRV A/T 106K and started slipping since last month. The car runs as normal but the gear (1st to 2nd) will start slipping after running about 10 minutes or so. Seems like its getting worse when it gets hotter. Turned it off, turn on after few seconds then accelerate normally then slips again after a minute or so. At first, i have a P0780 code in my OBDII. I drain/refill with ATF DW-1 three times and the P0780 is now gone but still slipping. Upon reading this article, i checked the manual again and says to check the ATF level during Normal Operating Temperature (not realizing that this is different between the engine is cold). Now I realized that i only fill the ATF in the middle of the high/low level mark when engine is cold. Could this be a reason why its still slipping? I will check the level again tomorrow and fill if necessary and get back. Thanks.

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      Nate 2 years ago

      I have a 98 Honda accord standard. I am wondering if my clutch is on its way out. It seems to work fine mostly though I have two issues. Clutch engages almost immediately upon pressing pedal, as opposed to engaging when pedal is pressed farther toward the floor. I hardly noticed this and cannot remember how long it has been this way.

      The second problem is what I have noticed. When I get on the highway and begin speeding up, I will lose acceleration (almost as if I have slightly engaged the clutch). Engine RPMs rev up but car acceleration doesn't keep up. I have to let off the gas a bit to let the transmission catch up. I have not noticed this happening at lower speeds/gears.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zheng,

      I recommend starting out by checking the transmission fluid level and condition, if it's low, add what's needed, if the fluid is brown or very dark, have it replaced and then check to see if the shifting improves. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      zheng 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I have read this article and found I may have the transmission slipping. That is when I shift from reverse to drive and I loose the brake suddenly, there is a sudden harsh jerk. But if I loose the brake smoothly, sometimes this is good. And that harsh jerk sometimes happens when I drive the car at a certain speed, like 10miles/h, 30 miles/h. Can you explain a little?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorcy,

      That sounds like your transmission fluid is very low or you have lost pump pressure inside the transmission. I recommend checking the transmission fluid level, if needed, add fluid, then take it to a transmission shop if possible. Keep me posted on what happens Lorcy, thanks.

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      lorcy 2 years ago

      Hi .... HELP!!

      I have a 2008 automatic voyager executive, a few months ago it started changing gear on its own whilst driving... The garage said the transmisson fluid was low.. That seemed to sort the problem for a while then a few weeks ago it randomly started doing it again but stopped... Then tonight... Whilst driving it seemed to go in to neutal (without changing on the dash lights) then suddenly just stopped moving... Now it simply doesnt go into gear... When i put it in to Drive it revs & revs with the occasional jult but doesnt move.. As if its stuck in neutral. Any ideas??

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Foxy,

      Project cars are money pits, especially if you have someone else doing the work. I recommend bringing the vehicle to a transmission expert, not the dealership, these guys really understand how the transmission works and can do some pressure testing before they condemn the transmission. Let me know if this helps, and keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Foxy 2 years ago

      Hey, great info. I have a 98 ford mustang gt, v8, 4.6lt. Automatic. 139,000 miles. This car has been a money pit but since it was a "dream car" we have continued to fix everything. This past week my car has been acting up. From 1st into 2nd it sounds as if it shifts into neautral, making the rpms go up 3,000 with no accelaration. When it goes into second it is smooth and shifts correctly and fast after 2nd gear. We checked the transmission fluid as soon as we got home and it was fine. After a couple days of not driving it we took it to the garage, since we have spent over 10,000 (new engine and little crap here and there) in this baby the manager and I are very close, lmao! Anywho i do trust this man, but he says that it was low a quart but most likely i will need a new transmission and quoted me 1400 for a used transmission and labor. Im like crazy about checking my fluids and making sure there is no leaks as we just replaced the transmission pan and had it flushed in june 2014 and have not seen anything drip, ect. I also have alot of electrical issues we are slowly fixing. One which is causing my turn signals not to work but my hazards work. And my abs light is on, and is a sensor issue. Also there is no check engine light on. This is not my everyday driver but is a work in progress, but if it is the transmission then its going out the door! Lol. I was wonderin if there maybe an underlying issue that could cause this, or if my tranny is just going out?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      It sounds like you have a transmission shift solenoid problem. I would bring it to a Honda Dealer, they can tell you what's wrong by checking the code and doing a little testing. It may cost you a few buck, but it's worth it. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Sam.

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      sam 2 years ago

      Yes the check engine light came on yesterday. And as i was driving it would not shift properly. When i slowed down on freeway it would down shift extremely hard and my tires would squeal with every down shift. And when i got off the freeway it felt like it was stuck in third gear

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      If you over fill it, it could cause too much pressure and cause leaks, but if it's only over by about a 1/2 quart, I wouldn't worry too much. Is the check engine light on?

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      Sam 2 years ago

      Thanks for replying! I went ahead and added transmission fluid. Now i think i added to much. Would that cause a problem having too much atf in the transmission? I test drove it and still had same problem tho.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arinze,

      Thanks for the update, keep me posted on how the transmission shifts after the fluid change.

      Hi Hopnosh,

      that sounds reasonable, let me know how it drives once you get it installed, Thanks.

      Hi Sam,

      I try to look at all the comments once a day, so you're in luck :) It sounds like your transmission fluid is low. Park the vehicle on flat ground, turn off the engine and pull the dipstick. If you need to add transmission fluid, look on top of the transmission for a 17mm fill port. remove the 17mm port and fill it with a long funnel and only check the level with the engine off. . Let me know if you have any questions and keep me posted on how you make out, thanks.

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      sam 2 years ago

      Idk if this is comment is going to go thru or how fast i will recieve a reply but i have an 05 honda pilot and last week it spilled fluid. Idk where since i couldnt find leak. I added some fluid thru the dipstick and i think i over filed it. Is that a problem. The reason i ask is because it will drive normally when cold but once it gets hot it will have trouble shifting. It sound like it neutralizes and then engages hard once the rmps go higher. Also once it gets hot the reverse stops working unless i accelerate really hard. (Did that once only) i would really like to figure out what it is but I don't know where to start! 2005 Honda pilot 4x4 automatic.

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      Hopnosh 2 years ago

      Thanks man, Talked to the shop today, they might be picking it up this week. They said they bench tested it and that it was ready to go. I cant really see how I could of fouled the tranny up some how, the install went smoothly. They want 75$ to come get it. They are right around corner if they werent sitting on a hill I could drive it over there.

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      Arinze 2 years ago

      Hi eddie,

      Thank you. I took it for scan and found out the catalyst converter was blocked. I changed it and the car drives okay now.

      I will also change the atf because of the colour and also because am noticing sudden surge while driving and noice when i engage reverse.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arinze, I would start by changing out the trans fluid and see if that improves the shift quality. Let me know if what happens, thanks.

      Hi Hopnosh,

      I recommend bringing it to a transmission shop so they can hook up the pressure gauges to see where the problem is coming from. It may cost a few bucks but it's worth it to not pull it out again, it could be something as simple as a valve body problem.

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      Hopnosh 2 years ago

      Hi everyone, I have a 67 ford fairlane ranchero that im restoring with a straight 6, c4 automatic transmission. I bought the car 6 months ago not running, I pulled the c4 out and had it rebuilt. Put it back in just recently started it up and it would engage in rev. and drive but was slipping in all gears. Jacked it back up and opps forgot to hook up the Vac. mod. hose. Hooked up now took it back out and will shift into 2nd but when I give some gas will start to slip again. Things I have checked Vac M, fluid level and adjusted the front bands today but have not yet tested her yet. Werid thing is I've notice some some bubbles on the dip stick like its over filled but its reading on point with the markings. Any idea's I should try before pulling the tranny back out.

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      Arinze 2 years ago

      goodday eddie.

      my wife's toyota avensis 2003 with automatic transmission seems not be changing to gear2 from 1 easily. most cases while climbing hill the car becomes very sluggish even when giving it gas and the rpm increasing.

      i checked the atf and it is not low, but it looks really dark and not Pink.

      please what is your advise?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rhonda,

      I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic , it sounds like you have a misfire. Is your check engine light on?

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      rhonda 2 years ago

      Hi I really like this forum. I have a kia sorento 2007 model and since repairing the engine by changing the crankshaft bearings and reinstalling the engine there is a loss of power and lots of black smoke when I try to accellorate a hill. Please help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Travis,

      How does the u-joints look, is there any play in the u-joints?

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      Travis 2 years ago

      1987 Ford Ranger 4x4 project - put in a complete new clutch set - pressure plate, pinnion bearing, slave cylinder & throwout bearing, etc.

      When driving truck works fine at low rpms, but when at higher rpms in any gear it feels and sounds as if either the transmission is missing a tooth on the main gearshaft and it is missing or either the pressur plate is hitting on the bellhousing. Having trouble diagnosing a fix. I have checked the bell housing hit and have found no evidence. I have took the bottom off of the tranny an can not see any visible loose gear play or any broken synchros or bearings. Any ideas on what this might possibly be?

      Hard to figure a fix when I cant find the problem. Baffled....

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Charlie,

      If the axle seal was replace correctly, it's possible your differential bearings are worn and are causing the axle seals to leak prematurely. The only way to tell if you have worn diff bearings is to check the inner axle play. Let me know if this helps Charlie, thanks.

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      charlie 2 years ago

      i have a second hand 1995 nissan sentra series 3 model. i fixed all engine leaking except that for my transmission. It leaks. I replace the CV seal both left and right twice. after a month of a high speed driving, i notice that my left cv seal started to leak. According to my mechanic they replace it correctly. I also notice that inside in the transmission was also leaking for it drain oil in the area where i park my vehicle. anyone has an idea how to fixed my transmission. I will appreciate it very much. you can also email me at charliebaguio1972@gmail.com

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Timmy,

      It sounds like your clutch disc is dragging on the pressure plate and flywheel. When the clutch heats up from friction, the metal expands and causes the the disc to overheat and glaze. Do you smell clutch disc burning? I think something inside the clutch housing is loose and it needs to be taken apart. I recommend taking it back the the shop that replaced it in the first place, the parts may still be under a 12 month warranty. Let me know what you find Timmy, thanks.

      Hey Dan,

      That may be a great opportunity to dump it quick, just double check on kbb to see what the selling price could be in running condition.

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      Dan 2 years ago

      Thanks for the info!

      It seems like people around here are interested in paying 2500-3000 for it knowing the tranny needs to be replaced. I am throwing in a few extras. See what happens I guess.... They could try to low ball me with an offer.

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      TimmyPolo 2 years ago

      When its cold there's a 2-3 inches free play on the clutch pedal but when it's hot, only an inch, sometimes half inch..

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Timmy,

      Is there any free play at the top of the pedal? When the pedal is released, there should be about 1-2 inches of play before your feel any tension on the clutch pedal, does your pedal have free play?

      Hi Dan,

      Replacing the transmission with a salvage yard trans may be your best option, and the cheapest option. $1200- $1500 installed, if you think you can get decent money when selling it, go for it. Check your vehicles value at kbb.com, let me know what you decide to do, thanks Dan.

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      Dan 2 years ago

      Hello,

      I have a '90 Jeep Wrangler (automatic) that had a transmission cooler line dump my tranny fluid while going down the interstate. Once I noticed the issue, I pulled over, put the line back on and put a quart (all I had) of ATF in hopping I hadn't lost that much before I noticed. Crossing my fingers I jumped in and tried to make it along the interstate on the shoulder going slow. I made it to the off ramp just about a mile or two away and couldn't make it up. That's when I realized I must have lost my line again and had an insufficient amount of fluid left. In turn, I'm sure, ruining my tranny. I got it towed and flushed the system and replaced the filter.

      I'm sure it's shot, about 1 out of 5 stops driving around town it takes off quite slow like it is slipping in 1st then engages 2nd with a jolt . Recently around 2nd or 3rd it seems like it pops into neutral and back into gear again. I'm assuming you will say its done for and will only last a little bit longer and that's what i'm expecting.

      I plan on getting something newer. Now, is it worth it to foot the bill to get a rebuilt put it then sell it? or just sell as is it to someone who wants to put the money into it (if there is anyone out there willing)? I guess what i'm asking is; will I at least make back what I spend on installing a rebuilt tranny when it sells?

      Thanks for your input!

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      TimmyPolo 2 years ago

      Hi Sir, thanks for the reply. Every morning I did checked my car. When the engine is still cold, clutch is normal & it is not sliding but when the engine runs for about half an hour or 10Km and the engine is getting hot, my clutch is automatically adjust and it was hard to release.. It was fixed through an automotive shop.. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Timmy,

      So your clutch is slipping in all gears from first to fifth? How does your clutch pedal feel? Normal? Who did the work, a garage, or did you replace it yourself? Let me know Timmy, thanks.

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      TimmyPolo 2 years ago

      My Honda Accord 1995 MT, 78Km only, March this year when I was replaced my clutch disc, pressure plate & release bearing. My questions are, why my clutch automatically adjusting when the engine it is getting hot? Sliding clutch when it is hot. From 1st gear to 5th gear. Please help. Any idea how to fix this issue? Thanks in advance..

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hope,

      Is the check engine light on? I think at this point it's probably time to bring it to a transmission specialist like Aamco or if you know of another transmission specialist. It sounds to me like a solenoid problem because at one point in your trip it corrected itself. If it was a mechanical problem from over heating, it would not correct itself , it would progressively get worse. Keep me posted on what you find Hope, and let me know if the transmission light or any other light is on, thanks.

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      hope 2 years ago

      thanks for the response. its an automatic transmission. no signs of leakages. the initial fluid was brownish and so is the present one which has bein in the car for just a week. the fluid level is a bit higher than the upper limit for hot even though i checked when the engine was off. had a mechanic checked it out and he notice the transmission was disconnected from the radiator and shorted to itself and he said the lack of cooling effect must have damaged the transmission..

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hope,

      Is this an automatic transmission or an manual? Is there any signs of leakage? Did you pull the dip stick to check the fluid level? What color is the fluid (if you could see it on the dip stick?) Let me know hope, thanks.

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      hope 2 years ago

      please sorry i didnt mention that a week prior to this i travelled with the car and covered about 600km. half way in the travel the car couldnt accelerate beyond 80km/h with the RPM high up. had the transmission oil change with no immediate benefit and after driving the car like that for about 20mins the problem corrected with the car moving normally up until this present situation. hope the additional info helps. thanks for the anticipated response..

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      hope 2 years ago

      pls need help wit my camry 2007. the gears could shift, but in both drive or reverse there is no motion only the engine raring up. had a scan done with code p0986 showing. the transmission oil has been changed with no improvement. also when trying to flush the transmission fluid, no oil comes out from the hose. i do like to know if this fault can be repaired or i have to change the transmission

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      boyan 2 years ago

      my CHRYSLER VOYAGER, 2003, 2.5 CRDI, vin 1C8GYN3713Y547084, is slipping from 1st and 3rd gear! CAN YOU ADVISE

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      Your best option is to go back to the mechanic who said that replacing the valve would fix it, and tell them it didn't fix at and your still having problems, or, find a transmission specialist to diagnose the problem. It may cost you more money, but it's a lot less than replacing the transmission. Let me know if you have more question, and keep me posted on what you decide to do Mary, thanks.

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      Mary 3 years ago

      I'm having a few issues with my car (Auto Mazda Familia 1999) In the mornings when you try to accelerate the car seems to struggle as though it's stuck in 1st gear and takes a little while before it finally moves properly. The hold light also flashes (only in the mornings) even though I don't use the hold button.. And the last problem (which happens pretty much all the time) is when changing into drive you feel the car is a bit delayed as it takes a while to 'kick in'. If you're going from neutral to drive and try to accelerate straight away it won't move then about 2 seconds later it'll 'jerk'. It's been taken in twice to get a scan and the first guy I took it to said there was something wrong with one of the sensors so we got it replaced - problem still happened. We told the guy and he said it had him stumped and I might need to replace the whole transmission. So I decided to try someone else, we took it in and this guy also ran a scan on it and came up with there was something wrong with a different sensor and possibly the 'seals'? (I think?). We replaced the sensor BUT the problem is still happening. It hasn't solved anything! Do you know what could be wrong with it here or is replacing the transmission the only option? :/

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carol,

      If the engine is running rich, (failing coil) it will dump raw fuel into the exhaust causing the cat to over heat (rotten egg smell) and breakdown the catalytic converter over an extended period of time, so I would start there. The coil can also cause a occasional jerk, so I would start by getting your engine running good and see how she drive after that, I don't recommend dumping 2k into a vehicle that old. Let me know if this helps, and let me know how everything turns out Carol, thanks.

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      Carol 3 years ago

      Hi, I hope all is well for you at least! I am really about desperate ! I too have car w/ very sim problems that I read above. 91 olds Cutlas supreme , 59,000 orig. Miles-was my moms car. OVER NIGHT, this past winter , got in warm up car to take son to school . Smelled like burning and rotten eggs. Starting out of driveway up street , starting jerking and hesitating, son said take back to house and he'd walk. Called our repair shop, booked but could bring by to "look"@it, which daughter &i did. Told was "running rich" if continued , could damage catalytic converter. Son - oldest ,told me to put in some fluid (can't remember name-he used to work for auto part store yrs ago) bought kind in gas tank seemed to run bit better burn/egg smell gone, but at 40-45 mph shakes/vibrates like on road w/rumble strip,also slight hesitation when going from complete stop. I'm called an AAMCO got mgr from diff store on loan, said sounded like tuneup issue(something ?) coil-no big deal $40 part&labor(replaced plugs plug wires belts etc last yr @shop) so I took to my local AAMCO for diagnostic -- told need torch converter rebuild transmission and Then diagnostic for engine possible tune up issues that couldn't be done til I did replace trans and torch converter $2000++!!! That shop independently owned!! Neighbor looked at car, test drive too-said NOT my trans and eng sounds good too, said smelled the gas, true, said running rich(MY SHOP SAID THAT IN LATE JAN/FEB WHEN ROTTEN EGG SMELL 1st Day!) & prob catalytic converter poss clogged -he put mechanic rag over exhaust pipe , drain suction sound.*** OH, after the 2nd AAMCO telling me small fortune I don't have on soc sec Disab I called our shop again, they don't do trans but gave no of who they refer to FOR SECOND OPINION ! Called, told to check references of people online about shop that told me all that and Them. They'd diagnose free, tell complete going on etc... So planned to take there for 2nd opinion next week after school out. Yesterday was my Aunts funeral...after pickup mom from retire home taking her n kids to funeral home , then procession to CEMETARY then wake mom back to home on route to house my son said floor was HOT!! Pulled in driveway , parked, felt under seat, floor-drivers floor not bad, passenger side n under seat VERY WARM AND SO WAS HUMP BETWEEN DRIVERS N PASSENGER SEAT, back also warm!!! Scared me! Came in put down everything took off heels went back out and looked under car(not that I'd know what to look for/at, but did and didn't see anything different ). Which was good as when googled issue referenced a "glow" & poss fire hazard-- NO Glow under car. ** ALSO SAW CATALYTIC CONVERTER LOCATED ABOUT BETWEEN MIDDLE HUMP AND PASSENGER SEAT UNDER CAR WHEN GOOGLED THE HOT FLOOR PROB--Again, catalytic converter!!

      It, also , occasional jerk shifting (automatic) - occasional !! The shake happens between 40-45 shift 1st 2nd and 3rd seem fine ... The shake rumble b4 4th, HAVE NOT TAKEN ON BELTWAY 55 mph + since this started.

      PLEASE, Any ideas, your thoughts??/$$ How many guinee pig tests will I expect to do to pay for repairs? Lol (but serious ) think safe to drive in meanwhile ?

      MANY THANKS in Advance,

      Carol

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Desiree,

      You can check out this video I have on my website @ http://www.simple-car-answers.com/2002-Dodge-Carav... , it may help sovle your problem. I know it's a bit techie, but you asked if I had any ideas :)

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      Desiree 3 years ago

      Hi I have a Dodge caravan and I was driving and all of sudden the van stops in the middle of the road. Now it wil start up but not catch any gears. I put some transmission fluid because it was extremely low but it still wont catch gears. I dont want to pay a mechanic just to tell me I need a new tranny. Is there anything else I could try before I just change the whole transmission? Please help thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi 2004 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition,

      The pinion seal has nothing to do with the transmission, unless for some reason they pulled the drive shaft out of the transfer case, but still, that's just the transfer case. Did you ever see any drips under the vehicle after the repair?

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      2004 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition 3 years ago

      Has 135k miles on it. Always serviced by Ford and never had any major issues. Was told needed a front differential pinion seal by Ford because of small leak. Was told by another small family run dealer that the seal is fine and truck in great condition. Ended up going to a closer to home Ford dealership and they said the same thing the other Ford place said about the seal. I had them service it. Two weeks later i am driving and the truck feels like it slipped into neutral and continued to idle while my foot was on the gas and then after a minute clonked back into gear and ran normal for a few minutes until it started doing it again. I brought the truck into the Ford dealership and they are telling me i need a transmission. Can replacing the seal incorrectly have caused the supposed transmission issue? I have never had any problems until i went to have the seal changed at this dealership and it is making me a little unnerved that it might have been an inexperienced technician.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carla,

      I would check the transmission fluid level first, it may be low causing the transmission to slip, if the level is OK, the vehicle may have an internal transmission problem. There may be a warranty on the transmission work, so don't wait too long to bring it back to the transmission garage so they can take a look. Keep me posted on what you find Carla, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      Carla 3 years ago

      The rpms climbing but not engaging transmission at all.

      Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carla,

      When you say "it wouldn't pull", was the engine lagging in power or was the engine rpm's climbing but the vehicle would not go any faster? Let me know Carla, thanks.

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      Carla 3 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I have a question about a vehicle that my brother has. He was on his way to my house a few weeks back, in his 1992 automatic pathfinder. The transmission had been replaced about a year ago. Oil and all fluids recently checked. He says he was just driving along and it wouldn't pull at all. Motor still cranks and runs fine. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      Check the transmission fluid, you may have a leak, also check the power steering fluid, it may have a leak also. If the transmission fluid is low, I would have it changed once you fix the leak, it sounds like you are doing some major damage to the transmission internally. Let me know how you make out Steph, thanks.

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      stephanie 3 years ago

      I have a 2007 Chrysler pacifica 4.0. A few months ago it was making a whining sound like when power steering goes out but that was fine so I ignored it. Well now u start the car put in reverse it barely moves while engine rares up. Then take off in 1st n so on it runs great till car gets warmed up. When slowing down under 3rd gear it just does nothing . So then I kill the car n restart n it takes off fine till u slow down to 2nd or first. Then gotta repeat all over again. To me it has a smell like if it's running hot but it's not. My husband drove it home from Amarillo like this. Hoping if I get it flushed it may help. What do you think?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ethan,

      I would start by changing the fluid and filter, sometimes the filter o-rings break and you lose suction to the transmission pump. Start there and let me know how you make out.

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      Ethan 3 years ago

      Its full but its a little brown and its leakin around the pan but it goes fine if you creep and you can feel it trying to grab a gear

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      Ethan 3 years ago

      I checked it and its low also noticed a significant leak around the pan would that cause this thanks for your help and knowledge

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Will do Eddie, as always appreciate your feedback and the website work and blogs you do. Cheers.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hay Dave, that sucks!

      AAMCO is a big company and they specialize in transmissions, they also offer a warranty, so I think your on the right track. I still think the first mechanic may have started the snowball rolling but there is no way to prove it. Keep me posted on how everything works out. Maybe if you have time after the transmission is fixed you could add a review about the AAMCO you used on my website @ www.SimpleCarAnswers.com under "Auto Shop Reviews" I've been trying to get a few customer reviews, but haven't had much luck, it will always be a work in progress, lol. Thanks for all your feedback Dave, I really appreciate it.

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I took the 97 Acura to the dealer and they did there diagnostic. It appears, the clutch package is gone and therefore the transmission is also done. So, it will need a new/rebuilt one.

      And they looked at the drive axle etc., and said the mechanic did that right, so there is no issue or liability there.

      Now, I have to decide on whether to fix the tranny or just sell the car as is?

      It will cost about $2k for a rebuild with some kind of warranty but I need a shop that is in Canada as well as I will be giving the car to my father to use, his car died a month ago and he just needs something to get him around for errands. The dealer won't warranty it North America wide because the tranny won't come from Acura. The only one I could think of is AAMCO. I figured if I'm going to spend $2k on a tranny of all parts, I definitely need a warranty otherwise no point in spending $2k. Any advice or thoughts in dealing with AAMCO?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave, sure no problem, glad to help :)

      It sound to me like the mechanic forgot to top off the transmission fluid after changing the axle. When you remove an axle, the transmission leaks out about 2 quarts, depending on which transmission you have, but it's typically 2 quarts.

      I could be wrong, but I have done it myself, but luckily I road test every job I do, or I would have never caught the mistake. The speedo is a another question, that may have just failed coincidentally because there is no reason for the mechanic to be around that area. Keep me posted on what the dealer finds, I'm very curious, thanks Dave.

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Thanks Eddie!

      Ya Bruno is my cousin, who sent the initial post but I'm the one dealing with this as it's my vehicle.

      Basically, went to replace the long (driver's side) drive axle, which they replaced not too long ago with a rebuilt. It would vibrate at certain rpm's and I was shown how it was vibrating, so as it was under warranty asked the mechanic to replace it. After he did this, the tranny which was working perfectly fine was slipping and now basically the tranny isn't working at all. When the mechanic saw it was slipping he decided to put Lucas Stop Slip. Now he says the tranny went and I need a new one. However, I am super perplexed cause I had no tranny issues, shifts were good, even that same morning I brought it in for the drive axle replacement. I am now going to have to take it to the dealer and have them give me a diagnostic. Either this is a big coincidence or the mechanic is completely useless. Although the dealer is expensive, I should have just taken it to them in the first place.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bruno,

      Honda transmission do not need any additives and I don't recommend using any, especially if your 're not having any problems. I would drain it and use genuine Honda transmission fluid.

      Hi Dave,

      An after market axle should not damage the speed sensor, it's not even close to the speed sensor. Is this the same mechanic who put the transmission additive in the trans? I would take a close look at the speed sensor wires, make sure they are not damaged, and also make sure the connector is snapped in place. Let em know what you find Dave, thanks.

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Sorry, forgot to mention its on a 1997 Acura CL, see previous post...

      thanks Dave.

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I just had my drive axle replaced with an after market one. Then my transmission was driving like it was slipping, very badly. The check engine lite came on and the code is P0715 which means its a speed sensor. The mechanic took it out and said no broken piece. Could the drive axle have anything to do with it? Or should I just change the sensor, which costs $200? Any advice....thanks Dave.

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      Bruno 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 97 Acura CL with approx 156k miles. My mechanic put the LUCAS transmission stop slip, even though my tranny doesn't slip as a preventative measure. Ive always had the tranny fluid changed at the Honda dealer and the tranny has shifted ok.

      Any ideas? Do you think its a decent enough product and will not harm the tranny? Or should I just drain it and just put in the regular tranny fluid? Thanks Bruno.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Efern,

      It sounds like you have an issue inside the transmission, I don't think it's an easy fix. I recommend bringing it to a transmission shop just to be sure. Let me know what they say, thanks.

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      efren 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie my Nissan Sentra Series-3 '96 model automatic transmission is having RPM issues. The RPM sometimes coming up and down erratically. Sometimes the needle would read 1 to full red 6 and back again. Nissan tech already cleaned the Mass Air Flow Sensor. Its has slipping issues from time to time.Flushed and replaced new transmission fluid but still the same issues.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ethan, have you checked the transmission fluid level and condition yet?

      Hi Ade,

      Unless you're good with transmissions, I would recommend you just buy a new trans.

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      ade 3 years ago

      i have a montero sport 1999 model with trans. leakage. can i just buy the rekit and seal to stop it or do suggest i replace the the entire trans

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      Ethan 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie I have a 1992 gmc Sierra 1500 4x4 with the 5.7 v8 and a 350 turbo auto trans the truck will go in gear but as soon as you mash the gas it will not go what will fix this

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      martha 3 years ago

      thanks, will try that

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Martha,

      I would start with a pump and go from there. If a power steering pump is making a whine noise, you may not have any power steering problems, just a noise at first, but it could lead to other issues if not fixed. You could try adding a little extra fluid to the reservoir and see if that makes a difference, but just add a little over the full line. Let me know if this helps Martha, thanks.

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      martha 3 years ago

      My 2003 Lincoln Aviator with 150K miles makes a whine and racing sound briefly upon every start up. What could be causing it?

      The service department front man at the dealership says (without checking) its is a bad power steering pump, but I have no other power steering problems, no noises when turning and no leaks to my knowledge.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Drive it for a while Junior, let the thin oil replace the thick oil, it may take a few hundred miles. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Junior 3 years ago

      Shifts a lil better and smoother but gears still go in hard and stick 1st and 2nd gear at times

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      Junior 3 years ago

      Shifts a lil better smoother but gears still hard to go in and tend to stick just 1st and 2nd gear at times.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Junior,

      You should never use 75w90, you should be using Honda genuine standard transmission fluid or 10w30. I think you'll notice a big difference. Let me know how it feels, thanks.

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      Junior 3 years ago

      93 civic with a LS tranny. Gears tend to stick and hard to go in. Topped off the tranny with 75w90 no leaks. WD40 the shift linkage. N still the same. Clutch is good, grabs like no other. And I adjusted the clutch and nothing still, any ideas?

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      Jean 3 years ago

      leaks noted.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chrissy,

      I would a least start with a transmission fluid flush and filter change, especially if the trans fluid is black and burnt. You may have a bad sensor, but start with the flush and filters and keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Steven,

      When was the last time you change the fluid and filter in the trans? When the engine is at low RPM's, there is not much pressure in the trans, if the filter is partially clogged or the filter o-ring has small cracks in it from age, you could be losing even more pressure causing a slow engagement. I would start there, and keep me posted Bro :)

      Hi Buckster,

      If the clutch pedal seems normal, most likely your clutch disc is blown. Did this happen all of the sudden or was it gradually slipping more and more? Let me know Buckster, thanks.

      Hi Kelly,

      I'm not sure I understand the scenario? Give me as much detail as possible and I'll answer it the best I can, thanks.

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      kelly 3 years ago

      I have a 97 ford explorer with the e55 tranny in it I had rebuilt the trany but it back in went to drive and had reverse but no forward was real hard to go back wards any sussgions

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      buckster818@yahoo.com 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie Carrara I have a 2001 Nissan maxima 5 speed not sure but I think my clutch when out. My car starts up but once I put it in gear the car just sits and the RPMs Rev up

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      Steven 3 years ago

      Hey brotha,

      I have a 1999 Chevy 2500 and when you shift into drive it hesitates to go and don't shift immediately but afterwards shifts fine. Any ideas ?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chrissy, how does the truck drive? Is the transmission slipping? It could be just the transmission temp sensor failing or a problem with a wire grounding out. Let me know how the truck is running, thanks.

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      chrissy 3 years ago

      My Trans temp light comes on and goes off In my 2002 dodge durango. What does that mean? And if its an extremely vital problem, how much more life would you say my truck has before i need to get a new car?

      Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rsx, is the car moving when you hear these noises, or is it sitting still? Is the clutch pedal pushed in or is it out?

      Is the vibrating noise a metal or rubber sounding noise?

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      Rsx 3 years ago

      Just got a new clutch and lightweight flywheel intalled in an Rsx type s. The problems are when the car is cold and I start it there is a rubbing vibrating sound coming from the engine bay. Also when in reverse it sounds like a spring popping. Your opinions please?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mercedes,

      No, don't replace the converter, clear the code and drive it, if it comes back on, spend some money to have someone from a transmission shop diagnose it. As far as the misfire codes, what's causing them? It could be a coil, plug, egr valve, injector, blah, blah, blah. Have it diagnosed, it may be something else causing the misfire. Let me know what you find out, thanks Mercedes.

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      mercedes 3 years ago

      Ran codes got p0741 so should I replace the whole torque converter? Also ruff in idle is that spark plugs because I also got code p0300 and p0125

      Thnks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tracer, yes that is what I was wondering myself, that's why I asked if it was leaking anywhere else :) It would be the weak spot, but I would also check the u-joint and bearing for play. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      tracer 3 years ago

      No fluid is leaking anywhere else. I put a new seal in and it blew it out also. Could it be a stopped up vent.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tracer, I would check the u-joint for play or it could be a output shaft bearing that's worn. Is there any fluid leaking anywhere else? Let me know, thanks.

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      Tracer1171 3 years ago

      I have a 2006 Chevy Silverado 2 wheel drive. I noticed that that the tail shaft seal had popped out. I replaced it with a new one and refilled tranny. Drove 40 mile and then noticed that the new seal had popped out. What is causing the seal to keep coming out? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Mike, that's awesome :) I love it when it's a simple repair, and thanks for the update.

      Hi Mercedes, most likely you over heated the transmission but didn't do any harm, the shaky feeling you get when driving is probably snow caught in your wheels causing them to be unbalanced. I recommend washing them out at the car wash or just wait for a warm day and the snow will melt out of the wheels. Let me know if this helps Mercedes, thanks.

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      mercedes25 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Hello eddie

      Recently we had snow as has everybody across america. I got stuck in front of my home. I tryed to get out and I started to slide towards a neighbors vehicle so being a 26 year old female (that knows nothing about cars) I panicked! So I started going forward to reverse gunning the car trying my hardest to get out. I have a 2000 cadillac seville sls. Welp big shocker I hear a bit of a thunk and service transmission light comes on and cars running ruff. I instantly turnrd off the car. 2 hours later I used kitty litter and got out and parkrd it for 2 days. Then I moved it one more time and have let it sit about 2 weeks. Car drives as well as reverses but is very shaky and im scared to take it to aamco to find out the damage I caused in 2 minutes of panic. Cars had no issuses untill now but im.sure could be in need of a tuneup. So could I have caused some serious damage? What did I do?

      Thanks!

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      Mike 3 years ago

      Thanks eddiecarrara! I drained the tranny and added new fluid. I ran it through the gears several times topping off as I went. The tranny shifted fine after that. Thanks for ur help again!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jerret,

      It's a good idea to start with a trans fluid and filter change, and be sure to completely fill the transmission to the proper level. To do this you will need to run the transmission trough the gears several times, topping it off after each cycle. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Jerret 3 years ago

      I have a 2006 PT cruiser with an automatic trans, the majority of the trans fluid leaked out the other day from a damaged cooler line, I repaired the line and refilled the fluid but it still will not lock in gear, it makes a loud whinny noise and will sometimes go in gear but with very low power and I did notice what looks like air in the fluid (I may have over filled it) any suggestions before I replace or rebuild the whole thing? Is there a specific part on the trans that would cause this? Also I have read I should start by changing the filter?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nick,

      I think the mechanic did something wrong, something is not right with the installation of the clutch. Can you smell burnt clutch after driving it? I would bring it back asap, because your shaving years of life off the clutch disc. Keep me posted Nick on what you find, thanks.

      Hi Mike,

      Recheck the transmission fluid and top it off, you may have to do this several times because, Yes, you could have got some air stuck in the trans. So top it off and run it through the gears on a short road test and recheck it, do this about 4 times until it's completely full. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

      Sorry about the late response, we're getting a lot of snow up here in the North East so I haven't had much spare time between my full time job and plowing, lol.

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      Mike 3 years ago

      Hi my son has a 1994 for Taurus. He replaced the radiator and forgot to hook up one of the transmission cooler lines till the next day. He drove it about 5 miles and told me the transmission was shifting hard. Is there anyway air got in the line and cause it to shift hard or slip?

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      nick 3 years ago

      Sorry, to answer your question, yes it seems to get worse the more I drive it.

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      nick 3 years ago

      The line from the slave cylinder to the clutch fluid reservoir looks good, as does the clutch fluid. There are no fluids dripping onto my garage floor, although the bottom of the oil pan and bell housing is greasy, probably just oil. I drove the car for a few months before it started slipping the first time, and I want sure how old the clutch was so I had it replaced, and like I said, it did good for just a couple weeks on the new clutch. I hate to have to take it back to the mechanic to have him sort it out.

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