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Old 03-11-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default Do I need a new Tranny?

So I just made a post about replacing my starter, apparently that's the least of my worries now. So my tranny will not go into any gear, reverse drive anything, except park! I had some problems with it on Wednesday but found it was really low on fluid, topped it off and I was good to go! Except today it's doing it again and it's not low on fluid this time! I know I'm probably guaranteed to need a new tranny, anyone know any good shops in Phoenix who could do this? The dealership literally told me the car isn't worth the money to rebuild the tranny, but I don't have the money for a new car, atleast not one that's $800 and is another headache.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:01 PM   #2
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Find a junkyard replacement for cheap. Lower mileage preferred, of course.
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:06 PM   #3
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There's been this really bad whining noise which I thought was the starter. I just found out tonight that if it's whining, the car goes into gear, if it's quiet, the car does not go into gear. The sound comes from right where the starter is. Could it be the torque converter?

All the gears work just fine when it's working so I don't see how the whole tranny is bad...
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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I don't know a lot about the 4eat but if the fluid was very low could it cause a bubble in the torque converter? Just throwing that out there. If the tranny is in deed toast this is an opportune time for a 5mt swap
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:12 PM   #5
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if its consuming tranny oil that oil has to go somewhere, check the filter and make sure its tight and not leaking. trannys rarely burn oil.


to have your tranny rebuilt is better than a junkyard because you know it is done correctly and you will usually get a warranty.

i never consider a car dead due to a critical component that can be fixed being killed

lots of "junkers" can be revived for little money and a little love.


you should also check the torque converter and see if its broke.
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:17 PM   #6
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How do I "check" the torque converter? After reading about them I'm almost feeling maybe that's the problem? Like I said the whining noise, when it happens, comes from right where the starter is, I think it just vibrates through the starter.

I also read in my book about "band" adjustment. The RPM's do rev up when going from 2nd to 3rd, but I don't think that would cause it to not go in any gear like what it's doing now.

If the whining is there, it goes, if not, it's dead. What's whining?
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:58 PM   #7
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remember, the torque converter is the thing that converts the engine torque to movement.

they are fairly cheap and easy to replace, i would try there first before putting a bullet in her and calling her dead.

which is cheaper, $70 or a new car...
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:34 PM   #8
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$70 where at? I checked auto zone they wanted $200! Also, I read the book, I really don't think I can pull that tranny to replace the torque converter lol. I almost have to take it to a shop which would probably just want to rebuild the whole tranny...

I went out and started my car, it kept whining and whining, and always went into gear. I used an automotive stethascope, it's definitely coming from right where the torque converter is. And it sounds like it constantly clicks too.
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