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92 olds ciera, when slowing to a stop, car shudders and stalls. (fine if thrown into nuetral while slowing.) nuetral to drive needs to be brake-torqued, otherwise stalls

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  • jgosc Nov 20, 2009

    Thank you for helping me out. I thought it was something with the torque converter...anyways the car is on its last leg; has 192k on it and i dont drive it very far when i do. So do you think Lucas Stop Slip, or a product for TC "Shudder" would work as a temporary fix?


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Hello jgosc.
I suspect from what you are describing is a problem in your transmission. Usually is worse after the transmission gets warmed up.
Your vehicle has a feature in the transmission that locks up the torque converter when cruising to save fuel. There is a solenoid mounted behind the left side cover on your transmission that sticks and doesn't allow the lockup to release and will stall the motor. If you are familiar with driving a manual transmission it would be like not depressing the clutch coming to a stop.
The part should be available at your local auto supplier, dealer or transmission shop.
If you are a do-it-yourself person the side cover will need to be removed. There are about a dozen bolts to come off and you may need to pry the engine and trans a little for clearance.
A cup or so of fluid will run out on removal. There are two wires, usually black and red and will need to be cut as there isn't a connector plug. The replacement part wiring should be coded similarly. The ones I get also come with easy twist connectors to hook the wires together again.
I hope this solves your problem.
Thank you for using Fixya!

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  • FUBAR Nov 20, 2009

    Hello again.
    As much as I would like to say an additive would help I really doubt so.
    But I am not a big advocate of many additives either. So there may be a product that could help, just that I haven't tried one that does.
    Hope you find a cure for your problem.
    Take care.


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