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Car won't accelerate

My car just started to not accelerate. It only goes about 20-30 MPH and the RPMs go up to 5 or 6. it's also making a high pitched noise when i accelerate. Any thoughts what it might be? No lights are on the!

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  • nikkid93 Feb 18, 2009

    Apparently the Dodge dealer service shop said it's the tort converter...grand total cost being $1438 to fix. What a horrible day.

  • nikkid93 Feb 23, 2009

    I've talked to two mechanics about getting the torque converter replaced and both said they can't believe this dealership shop is able to get all the metal pieces flushed out of the transmission. My concern is if I spend the $1400 to get the torque converter fixed and some pieces of metal ruin something else in the transmission, then I'm back to square one a year or so from now with another pricy repair. My other option is to put in a rebuild transmission for around $2,000. Any recommendations as to which way to go or opinions about flushing out the transmission? Thank you!


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Check may be low fluid or torch converter..

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That sounds like your car is stuck in first gear. its not a good idea to keep the engine rpm's up that high as it will cause damage to the engine. check the transmission fluid level in accordance to the owners manual, if the fluid level is ok and the fluid isn't burnt, it may be a control module, sensor, or solenoid malfunction that's causing the car not to shift. if the fluid is burnt or smells really bad that would be a sign of transmission slippage. in which case it would best to have it looked at by a dealer or reputable shop. hope this helps.

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  • Nicholas Csorba Jr. Feb 19, 2009

    replacing the torque converter involves removing the transmission and flushing the entire transmission out including the lines and radiator because of debris from failed torque converter can cause more damage if not thoroughly cleaned out. thats not a bad price considering all the labor involved plus the cost of the converter itself.


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Electrical Control Module brain of the car

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