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Transmision doesnt work

It didnt go in reverse and the gears were all messed up so my boyfriend took out the transmission now i dont have 1300 to come up with to fix it

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  • joycelenik May 28, 2009

    well i dont have the money to take it there so now what do i do

  • joycelenik May 28, 2009

    well i just bought it 3mts ago and i had prob with it from the start.anyways it has 110;000 miles on it and off of a private owner which was stupid on my part.

  • joycelenik May 28, 2009

    were would i get that

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That sucks, I just paid $1,400 to have my trans. re-built in my '02 (4dr.) 4x4! Trust me I feel your pain! anyway, on a model of that age I would "recommend" a used one if you can get one with decent milage on it, should be a few hundred less depending on the milage of it, especially if you '96 has high milage (150,000k or greater). Good luck.

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  • jjallen5150 May 30, 2009

    Guru is right, but to answer your ? on where to get a "used" trans. would be a salvage or (more commenly known as a junk yard) to get one. they will need to know the year, model, and engine size (4.0L V-6, or 5.0L V-8) and mostlikly the "vin #" located at the driverside lower corner of the windshield. And last but not least (A) a mechanics shop, or (B) your boyfriend who removed the original transmission. Hope that helps! Good luck, and sorry to hear that darn thing went south on you yhat fast after purchasing it. Let me know how it goes if you get it fixed.

  • jjallen5150 May 30, 2009

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot, if down the road persay you happen to get another used vehicle, definatly, no ?'s asked, tell whom ever your looking to make the purchase from that you are going to take it to a "certifed" mechanic to inspect it inside and out, top to bottom, etc. to make something of this nature NEVER happens again. If that person(s) or car lot if you will says no, it aint worth persuing any further! Not to make you feel "stupid" as you stated earlier, but just some helpful advice. trust me you i've been down this nasty road myself and became a mechanic myself part in do a past situation of pretty much the same caliber.

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My dear girl I'm sorry to say you need to take it to a mechanic that can put it back together for you.

Posted on May 28, 2009

  • Eric Shephard May 28, 2009

    The only thing I can suggest is get tranny diagram and follow it to put back together or a repair manual for transmissions.

  • Eric Shephard May 29, 2009

    You can get the manual at your local auto parts store.

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