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Transmission acting up like the torque converter is trying to lock up sitting idling once engine is warm. Makes occasional thumping noise also When stopping when it shifts into 1st it is like it tries to lock. Changed fluid & filter & tcc solenoid. Did pin to pin on wiring harness, Ohm checked other solenoids.

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  • Ronald Walden
    Ronald Walden Oct 29, 2012

    Computer gives no trouble codes

  • Ronald Walden
    Ronald Walden Oct 29, 2012

    Also no check engine light

  • Ronald Walden
    Ronald Walden Oct 30, 2012

    Also found no metal pteces in pan when fluid was changed. Wonder if it may be torque converter?

  • Ronald Walden
    Ronald Walden Nov 04, 2012

    With wheels off ground eng idling goes n all gears but wheels turn in neutral

  • Ronald Walden
    Ronald Walden Jan 29, 2013

    Replaced torque converter. works fine


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Thats sounds alot like your torque converter

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