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1996 Cadillac Seville started shifting hard all of a sudden

Yesterday, at lunch, right out of the parking lot, the transmission shifted hard. Almost violently. And again from, I think, 2nd to 3rd. Since then, if I accellerate a little faster than normal, the violent shifts occur; but, if I accellerate slower, more normally, there are smooth shifts in all gears. Occassionally, when stopping, once the car stops moving, there is a down shift that is harder than you'd expect as well.

I checked the fluid which was a little low; but, after topping off, there is no change.

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  • fieldert Mar 05, 2009

    Less than a week after the problem started, everything went out. Clanking noises, then nothing except reverse.

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Sounds like a broken acumulator spring inside the unit...If it is, usually it has to come apart, unless it has an external servo cover for the broken one.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Mar 05, 2009

    Sorry to hear that...Often it's important to take care of problems when they first happen, avoiding massive failure (as you likely now have).
    items as small as a broken spring can cause "slamming" of internal components which will cause them to break. This may or may not have been the cause but its worth remembering in the future.


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Sounds like an internal problem. To be sure you will have to drop the transmission pan and check the color o fthe fluid. It should be pink. If it is white then you are going to have to get the transmission rebuilt.

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