When I start it up I can shift into drive fine but I noticed the other day when I was on the highway going up a hill trying to pass someone, it felt like the transmission may have slipped going between gears. Is this a common problem I can fix fairly cheaply or is it more indicative of a major problem. And if it is a major problem how long will it last before I need to have it repaired?
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that is a hum dinger, largest ever posted, in one shot.
one word , the transmission slips. (never drive a slipping tranny)
overheat indicator.! that is key.
many newer cars will change the transmission shifting any time
the engine over heats.
and overheat wins over transmission , every time.
if the engine burns up, what good is any transmission.? nada.
solve overheat first.
slip or flare.
is when the engine RPM rises fast and the car dont go faster.
and slipping burns up trannyclutchs and increases the damage. inside the transmission, dont do that. dont allow it,
park it and fix it.
on some tranny there is a temperature sensor that the TCM
watches and changes shift patterns based on AFT fluid temps.
and if the ATF fluid gets too hot , it takes actions. to keep the tranny from harm.
why not get a scan too and see what DTC errors there are..
DTC, engine overheate.
DTC< tranny overheat (caused by above)
Sorry old son but your clutch sounds like it has gone to the big junk yard in the sky reserved for dead clutches . When a clutch starts to slip it will continue to do so until that is all it will do . solution a new clutch is required .
The lockup switch locks the converter when driving at highway speeds. You can try replacing it, as an attempt at a cheap fix, but it sounds like your transmission is getting weak. There are different clutches and bands in your transmission for different gears, which do wear out over time.
The problem sounds like your kick down cable has gone bad. There should
be a cable that runs from the transmission to the linkage on the
TBI(i'm assuming it is a TBI[Throttle Body Injection]) At the throttle
bracket, it is the lowest cable. It should have a little plastic box
and you should be able to push on the button and slide the little
plastic piece in or out of the box. This will adjust your shift points,
being plastic, the cable likes to slip if it gets old. Also if you have
book or have access to one it should tell you how to locate and check
it but usually you have to replace them once they start to slip, the
one I got for my 1992 was only like 28 dollars so it's not to bad just
a real pain.