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Old 08-26-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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So i did a transmission fluid flush the other day. I did not drop the pan. after adding only 4 quarts of fluid the dipstick read the tranny was overfilled by just a scoshe. I drove it anyway. Only a couple of miles. as i was going up a hill, about 40 mph, i lost all power to the wheels. I could rev the engine, but nothing would happen. going down the hill i got power back. So i was confused. So i parked the car.
Next day, i get in the car, start driving it. Halfway around the block i lost power. Luckily i was uphill so i coasted back to my driveway.
Tried driving my car day after that, same exact thing. The car shifts fine when its cold, but craps out when it warms up. The tranny also developed a whine when its warm.

So i know i messed something up. I know i make some stupid decisions. What I'm asking though, is that has anyone ever encountered this? Is there a miracle that help my cars cause? Does anyone know why its doing this?

I understand that the transmission most likely needs to be replaced. I'm already saving my pennies because i know its gonna cost a lot.

So is there a gearhead out there who understands what is happening to my poor poor transmission?


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Old 08-27-2010, 01:00 AM   #2
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our not full on fluid, on a light load it can make pressure to get it moving under heavy load there is not enough pressure to keep it moving, let the car warm up and check the fluid. it will be low most likely.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:19 AM   #3
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Yep. Check how much. Also I can only assume you actually put automatic transmission fluid in, at least I hope so.

You might look for spare trannies at the junk yard. They can be had for cheap. I'd also look for part-outs in the For Sale section of the forum. You can probably grab another auto or manual tranny for $300-$500 pretty easy.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:53 AM   #4
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It would make sense that I underfilled it, but why would the dipstick read overfilled? I put more atf in, but the symptoms continued and the dipstick read an inch over full.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:05 PM   #5
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You have to remember to start your engine, shift through your gears and check the transmission oil level with the engine running.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:27 PM   #6
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So is my tranny toast, or do you think i should have someone flush the tranny one more time?
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:02 AM   #7
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Drop the pan, change the filter look at how bad the magnate is covered. Don't just start thinking it is toast. I have seen trannys that had a cloged filter act like the way you describe. So change the filter and see how it goes from there. Also try some trick shift in it, it has better friction modifiers in it.
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I'll do just that. thanx!
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So how did it go?
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:38 AM   #10
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We found metal shavings in the transmission screen. so we're going to take out the transmission ourselves. so far we have the exhaust out and the driveshaft out.
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