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1994 toyota paseo: overdrive problem

I have a 1994 toyota paseo, with automatic transmission with overdrive. When i take it out on the highway, it takes some time to go into overdrive. I would be doing about 60 mph with the rpm up high. It takes sometime to go up to overdrive, and then the rpm would come back down low. At this time the car would be running normal at the speed of 65 mph at a low rpm. Also, at around the same time i have no heat, just cold air blowing out of the vents.The temp. gauge on the dashboard has a very low reading, once in a while the temp. will come up, then go back down to the lowest reading on the gauge. Does this problem have to do with my overdrive problem?



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  • ronnie_g Jan 23, 2009

    Thank you ccn7 for getting back to me so quickly! I always like to bump heads with someone before I spend any cash for repairs on myself, or any of my customers. ( I have a security alarm and computer repair business).

    To answer your questions, I don't get any heat when this car is standing or when driving for 30 minutes. I checked the coolent when the car is cold. It is full to the top.The climate here ( HAMDEN,CT.) U.S.A. is winter. The about average 25 degrees. The trans. fluid is red in color, and does not have a burnt smell to it. The only thing I notice with the trans. fluid that I checked when the car was cold, is that when I pulled out the trans. stick, the fluid was at the hot side level . I did this when the car was cold and not running. I think I'm to check it when the car is running and at normal heated temp. I'm not sure if I did this correctly. As far as I can remember, I have never seen the service engine light come on the dashboard.



    HAMDEN, CT. U.S.A.



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Does it loose heat when you set still? is it full of coolent? whats the climent like were you at? is trans. low on fluid?when was the last time trans. was serviced? i know on most cars and trucks low fluid or old fluid can cause it to do what your saying, and also cold weather. some cars have a temp.sensor that won't let it shift into overdrive until car gets to a certain temp. with your temp. guage fluctuating the two could be related. has your service engine light ever come on and then went out, when it did this? if it ever has, have it scaned and see what codes show up. it might be that temp sensor i talked about. well thats the best i can do for you RON hope it helps or at least point you in the right direction to cure your problem. OLD SCHOOL.

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  • ccn7 Jan 24, 2009

    well you said it does not thro heat standing still, tells me its thermostat, most likely stuck open, letting coolent flow to fast, witch means it takes longer to thro heat or maybe not at all, its better than stuck closed, witch it would run hot. install new thermostat.from what you say about trans. fluid sounds about right, its always better to run fluid a little under full than over full. to much fluid it will thro it out and then you got a mess. i am kinda taking a guess here but i think if you chg. the thermostat the trans will shift right. i'am no expert here, but i still would have it scaned the computer stores codes even if you don't hppen to see the chk. engine light come on. to bad your so far away my computer could use a tuneup, i live in northwest ohio. good luck hope everything works out for ya. OLD.SCHOOL.



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