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I believe my torque converter is out in my oldmobile

Car will shift into gear but won't move .i'm not sure where the converter is in the car how easy of a fix is it?

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Well to replace the TC, you have to unbolt the transmissions bell housing from the rear of the engine. Then, it's rather simple from there on in. I'd suggest a full manual for the car so you could know what you're looking at.

Either way, without a good selection of tools, and the right spot to work on it, it's probably better just to have a mechanic look at it.

As for the TC actually going out, it's not highly likely that it would. You may just have a really clogged fluid filter and be in desperate need of a transmission flush/change. Also, the valves may be bad as well, which still isn't much of a hassle to replace if you know what you're doing. I've seen hundreds of automatic transmissions go out in my life, but only a few have ever been a direct result of the TC.

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