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Trans doesnt like reverse

86 cutlass supreme (rwd) 3.8v6/3 spd auto (metric trans)
when shifting into reverse, it doesnt want to go into gear...it will eventually, but not always. the idle drops as if its in gear but no engagement. sometimes there is an audible hiss when this happens (vacuum?).the car has 61,000 original kms. the fluid doesnt smell burnt but betting its the original fluid based on the low milage. the car was "lil ole lady" owned so im ruling out abuse. im thinking valve body... any thoughts? answers? suggestions? (all foward gears work perfectly)

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That is a good trans - damn near bullet proof, change the fluid and filter and replace it with B&M trick shift or ((Hurst Hot Shift fluid)) these fluids preserve the bands and gives firm shifts instead of the lazy slip into gears , you will notice a really big difference in the efficiency of the trans and nice shifts as well - only need to change whats in thew pan, also while you are under there check your linkage because sometimes it needs re adjusted (adjust on the thing that is a round cylindrical thing with a bolt on the side - your shift rod goes through this) have a partner get in ((after)) you loosen the bolt and have them put the needle on the dash centered on the (P) - retighten

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

  • Michael1313 Feb 05, 2009

    also - look for vaccum leaks on the drivers side valve cover and underneath on the passenger side of trans - the vaccuum line that goes into the modulator sometimes rots - follow the steel line up to the carb and check the vaccuum line there too

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