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89 tercel auto trans / inmovable

Was on a 2 hour road trip, after about 1hour 15min experienced a loss of power that is best discribed as a pull. durring driving had faster/increased speed at wich the car slowed when letting foot of gas, again almost felt like a pull. when ariving on next town had to slow down and brake at merge lane, it was at this time that the car squeeled to a halt and I heard a verry loud clunck,crunch,bang. After this noise car was still running, still can turn off and then restart, but does NOT move. Checked the Trans cable it is working, brakes not locked, can not move in nutral, and had to have towed home.
Do you think this is my transmission? or my transaxil? or somthing entirely different!

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Difficult to speculate without seeing it in person, but, check the differential fluid level. The way you are describing this problem seems to me that the diff section locked up & failed. If so, you need a transmission. Please understand that I am in no way saying go out buy a new trans, but I have observed this previously. Best way to check: Get under it, remove the diff plug & drain the oil into a big pan. If metal particles come out with the oil, then, my original hypothesis is correct.
No oil comes out? You def need a trans, then.
Oil clean? Check the drive axles.
Please check the fluid & repost what you see....
Thanks. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

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