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Tranny slips when i accelerate from dead stop/

Before I would drop the transmission to replace it, I would add about 1/2 cup of brake fluid to it, and when you take it from PARK, (to go in forward motion) pull the gear selector all the way to "1" and as it starts rolling , then bump it up into drive.
The brake fluid will "soften" the seals inside the transmission and "clean" some of the trash off the bands in it.
This should be your decision to try, I did it and after about 300 miles, just put it in "drive" as normal, no need to replace fluid sooner, just normal intervals.
Use this info. at your discretion, best of luck with it!

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It just loses pressure all the time and can be quickly pumped back up. and there is gunk in the fluid - would just cleaning the booster and master cylinder, and putting it back with new brake fluid fix...

are you meaning you have a hard brake ? it is hard to brake? if so ,it is because your brake is lack of vacuum pressure. then you need to change a new vacuum brake booster , you can visit us for more information at :

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I have a 2002 pontiac grand prix. my e-brake light will stay on when the e-brake is not on.

Check your brake fluid level. Low fluid levels will cause the brake light to come on. If the fluid is not low, there could be a problem with the emergency brake light switch or the brake fluid level sensor.

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How do i check the transmission fluid on my 2001 sc with a 5 speed

The manual tranny has a little red doohickey that usually looks black because it's covered in gunk. Look straight down at the transaxle right below the brake master cylinder, you'll see it. Saturn recommends changing manual transmission fluid at 6,000 miles and then you're set for life. It isn't necessary to change it every 30,000 like an automatic transmission. Your transmission should hold 2.5 quarts of oil.

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This truck plows a .3 mile long driveway with a big hill. the clutch is fairly new but got very hot and smelled bad during the last snow storm. I wads told to check the transmission fluid and fluid in the...

The resivior for the clutch is under the hood on the driver's side outside the Brake master cylinder. You should be able to look through the plastic housing to read the fluid level [ between the lines ]. If it needs fluid, it takes DOT 3 brake fluid, be careful to wipe any dirt or gunk off the cover before removing it. The fluid has to be checked from under the truck by removeing the plug on the side of the transmission, the level should be just under the opening. The type of fluid depends on the transmission that's in the truck [ an autoparts store should be able to help you with that ].
These fluid levels should not affect the clutch as far as slipping, oil or grease leaking onto the clutch will or a weak pressure plate will cause it. Plowing in to high of a gear also will put tremendous strain on the clutch, I would recommend plowing in the lowest gear practical, if 4wd. put the transfer case into 4wd lo range- you can always use the transmission gears to go faster.

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Brake Hose replacement

  • Clean around the old brake lines carefully before removing them to prevent any gunk or debris from getting into the brake line connections.
  • Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap, cover it with some plastic wrap and replace the cap. This prevents too much fluid from leaking out when changing the brake hoses.
  • Take the tire off of the car and loosen the brake lines at each end. Plug the brake line at the fender to prevent too much fluid leakage. Save the washers and reuse them after removing the old brake line.
  • Line up the new brake line hex nut with the bracket and hand tighten it before putting the metal clips back on. Tighten with a wrench after the clips are in place.
  • Make sure to torque the brake lines to the manufacturers' specifications for the brakes to work properly.
  • Repeat the process for each tire and brake line on your car.
  • Bleed the brakes as necessary after replacing the brake lines and make sure you have plenty of brake fluid in your reservoir.

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Brake light on dash stays on but sometimes goes off when cornering. Whats wrong

Check your brake fluid level. If the level is low, it will cause this. Also- if the level is significantly low, have your brakes checked, or check them yourself. When brake pads or shoes wear down, the level of fluid in the reservoir will drop accordingly with it.

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Brakes go all the way to the floor and is hard to stop. How can we check to see if it is the master cylinder or the brake booster, or the other little valve thingy that is black but has no name on it.

Look for liquid around the wheels or dripping on the ground, if a wheel cylinder or caliper isn't leaking you need a master cylinder. Get it fixed by a pro.

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Transmission fluid flushing

In normal situations people do not flush their trannys. Your would normally just lower the pand and change the filter and replace the fluid that came out. If you are not having a problem with your tranny this is what I would suggest. As the fluid gets older the tranny gets "used to" the old oil that is in there. When you add new fluids the new fluid contains detergents that clean the internal parts as they circulate. Unless this is the first time you've been to the recommended mileage for changing the fluid (I.E. 30,000 miles) you could flush it. If you do not know the history of changes, or if you are at, lets say 100,000 miles I wouldn't recommend flushing it. When the new detergents clean out the parts they remove gunk that is actually helping the transmission. Don't get me wrong, you don't want a whole lot of gunk, but you also don't want to remove gunk that for example is holding a pin in place, so the pin falls out (just an example) I hope this wasn't too hard to understand, and I hope I answered your question.

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2005 Ford Five Hundred engine sputtering

Dear anew32, Wed 2-11-2009 3:43am EST (USA)

Do you often run your gas tank to near empty?
If so.......
This sounds like it may be as simple as cleaning the water or gunk out of the gas tank which is what I always do 1st because it's easy and inexpensive.
If your fuel is contaminated with gunk, grime, water and/or bottom junk like rust this will cause stalling and rough riding!
Try spraying a can of starter fluid in the air intake and see if it runs! If it does, it's most likely bad fuel or clogged injectors so....
Fill the tank with High Test, Add some dry gas and a good fuel system cleaner or 2 or 3 and this should dissolve all the gunk and clean the injectors! Read & follow the cans' instruction carefully.
If this cures the problem never let your gas tank get below 1/4 and especially never run it to empty as this is when the gunk and/or water will enter the system!
Hope this helps!
Good Luck!

Feb 11, 2009 | 2005 Ford Five Hundred

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