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Transmission and starter both shot

Ok, so when I try to turn over the engine, sometime it makes a whining, almost grinding noise, and I have to have a different combination of lights, heat and radio on in order for it to turn over and start. Someone told me that sounded like a solenoid problem, just wanting to check and make sure.

The other problem is my transmission. It used to slip all the time, normally on a left hand turn or if I had to break quickly. Then one morning, it sounded like something went clunk, and after that, I couldn't put my car into reverse. If I tried it from the drive position, it would stay in drive, same with neutral. If I went from park to neutral or reverse, it would essentially stay in neutral. My car stopped changing gears, and wouldn't go faster than 25 mph.

I drove my car three time since this happened because of emergencies with my son (who got sick, had to take him to doctor), picking him up from my brother's because it was nearly zero degrees, and once because I was late for work. The third time when I was running late for work, part way there there was another clunk noise, and the car wouldn't accelerate whatsoever, it was like the car was thrown into neutral and I couldn't go anywhere but to park it as best as I could without interferring with traffic.

As far as I can tell, it sounds like a gear piece or "something" inside the transmission broke somehow, because I would keep the fluid level at what is shown according to the dipstick, but I would constantly have to add fluid (once or twice a month) just to avoid the transmission slipping. Any chance anyone would be able to tell me what the problem is, and if the transmission just needs to be replaced, I'd like to do the work by myself and just need a little guidance on how to go about taking care of the issue because I don't have a lot of money right now (the day the car broke down was the day I ended up losing my job)

To which by the way, someone told me that a transmission weighs around 300 to 400 pounds, is that true? If not that'll definitely make my job easier. And, since I will be doing the work myself, what is the best way to lift my car so I can work on the transmission? I have ramp jacks, a pump lift, but no large lift or hydrolic lift to get the car completely off the ground.

To anyone who can help, mainly with the transmission problem, thank you so much. As far as the starter goes, I'm thinking it may just be simpler to get a brand new one so I don't have to worry about the risk of buying a bad one from the junkyard, and their not that expensive.

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Look for a short in the wiring to the the starter/solenoid....the combination of eggbeater, and toasters running are making no difference

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It could be a weak solenoid not throwing the starter gear to the flywheel. I am sure trying different combo's have nothing to do with getting a lucky strike. Just keep trying to turn over the engine with out that until you get the starter replaced will do the trick.

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