Vehicle is in mint condition with very low mileage- 30K miles. After vehicle sits for ~ week or so not being used transmission 'SLIPS' as a standard transmission might if it had a very worn cluthch plate. However, if allowed to idle for 12 ~16+ minutes clutch will operate properly. It seems like transmission oil leaks from the upper part of the transmission to the lower holding area when not operated every several days. Correction is noted after needed idle time. If driven several times a week problem is not noted.
I have had the dealer change the filter, transmission oil, run a computer check, reload (update) computer program, and provide a clean bill of health...........that does not correct the problelm.
Along with understanding the problem and identifying the needed correction I would like to know: 1) if this is a mfg. flaw?, 2) Is there a best gear to idle the engine to reduce time to 'pump' fluid around to correct the problem, 3) possible checks and evaluations?
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Most common problems are external coolant leaks (resulting in low coolant level), failed thermostat, blocked radiator (external or internal), electric fan not coming on, clutch fan inoperative. Other causes less frequent are: improper coolant/water concentration (should be 50/50), head gasket failure, transmission slipping or engine running excessively lean or a bad pressure cap. One thing certain though....repeated overheat and continued driving in overheat condition will result in an expensive failure (blown head gasket, cracked cylinder head or crank bearing damage). Carefully check each item I've listed and correct whatever it is you find, then resume using the vehicle.
Legally, you can not put an older motor into a newer vehicle due to emissions laws. You can always put a newer engine (usually manufactured to meet newer emissions specs) into an older vehicle, but not vice-versa. There's issues with the computer and vin # when you change from one factory engine to a different type as well.
This is a relatively old vehicle now and I guess it has done well over 100000 miles as most have.
You will be looking at fitting a rebuilt auto transmission and this will cost about 1500 dollars plus labour for removal and re-fitting. You can expect the all up cost to be around 2000 dollars plus.
Depending on the mileage and condition of your car, it may not be worth doing the work as the cost may exceed or equal the current market retail value of the vehicle when in working order. ("Trade in" value for a dealer trade will be much lower.) You may well be much better off just putting the money towards a better low mileage car. Bear in mind that if you retain the vehicle you will incur other significant maintenance costs as age and mileage take their toll on all critical mechanical components.
US built vehicles of this type typically have a useful life of around 100000 miles in my view.
Hello again. If the trans is starting to slip, It would be wise to consider a rebuild. If the wife says she notices it, then it's your call. You've had it serviced with no benefit so get some piece of mind. Out of curiosity, how many miles has the vehicle? Good Luck. Do it.
160,000 KM (100,000 miles) intervals under normal driving conditions. 80,000 KM (50,000 miles) under severe condition. The differential also has the save service time as the transmission.
Good luck and hope this helps.
this will cost a bit but, its a needed repair. the solenoid controls the overdrive gear cycle. when it malfunctions, the OD will not operate. this isn't good for fuel mileage.. you can still drive this vehicle around town but the highway is a different story when it comes to the gas mileage.
Check transmission fluid level to make sure its not LOW. Remember checking fluid make sure vehicle is warm and sitting on a flat surface and vehicle is running. If LOW just add fluid and that should take care of problem. If NOT it may be that the timing belt was not set 100% on timing may be a little retarded or this problem may be coincidental and not even related to the job that was done and tranny may be going bad. Good Luck and contact if you need more help. Thanks for using FIX YA