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I have a 2006 volvo T5 xc70 AWD with automatic geartronic transmission, mileage: 30,000 miles. After a full throttle acceleration on the German highway to 120 mph an error message appeared: transmission malfunction. Check engine. It would stick in the gear it was driving in (5th gear). When I decelerate to low speed it goes from 5th to 4th gear , with a bit of ****, but will not go lower than that. I can accelarete slowly from stand still in fourth gear. When I switch off the engine and start it again the problem is gone for roughly 15 minutes but then it reoccurs. On the highway it gives no real problems but obvioulsy something is wrong and I try to avoid driving it in city traffic as acceleration is poor and also the ATF may overheat because of a lot of churn in the torque converter. My car is almost certainly manufactured in USA version but was sold originally in Litovania. I was informed that in 2005 and 2006 a good deal of Volvo XC70s in USA version went to the Baltic countries. The local Volvo dealer here in Antwerp (Belgium) will inspect the transmission next week. I wonder, could this merely be software and/or sensor related or maybe a bad solenoid? Or just overheating of ATF? I will ask to have the quality (and level) of the ATF checked but would greatly appreciate if you could let me know if the described phenomena ring a bell? Kind regards, Bert Driessen (Netherlands)

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  • bertdriessen Feb 08, 2010

    Thanks for replying so promptly. I dont park the car uphill normally, but I am the second owner so I do not know how the original owner went about that.

    I will ask the dealer to explicitly check the slave cylinder.



    Kind regards, Bert Driessen

  • bertdriessen Feb 08, 2010

    I will ask the dealer to check oil level and quality, test the soleoids and the slave cylinder.
    Any other thing thta might make sense?
    I am concerned thta this may eb a very costly affair. I ssw no signs of oil leaks thus far.

  • bertdriessen Feb 09, 2010

    Thanks, this is really reassuring. I'll first have the software reset and connections/harness inspected. And the oil checked just to be sure.

    Fingers crossed, Bert

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Yea had one last month come in with same issue exactly to the "t". i was able to pull numerous codes out of the computer but once i cleared them i drove it and never could duplicate the issue again. so i gave it back to the customer and said to drive until it happened again and never heard back from him.

but in my experience these kinds of issue's are directly related to software and or poor connection in the harness. but being stuck in 4th and 5 th is it's fail safe mode when it see's an issue with the transmission and does this to allow you to drive in for service. yours did everything the one i had in the shop.

hopefully this help and i hope your issue stays so it can be diagnosed and to find a fix. unfortunately the xc70 i had decided to fix itself and could never track it down. bottom line is if it ain't broke you can't fix it.

so i would have them do a software update and give the harness a good look over first before anything else is done.

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    good luck and please keep me posted so i know for future reference. thank you for using fixya.com

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Hi
I think your along the right lines, I would make sure the fluid is correct for the car and also that the slave cylinder is working properly, It is unlikely to be the torque converter with such low miles.

I had a similar issue on a ford mondeo auto sometime ago after bleeding the system and topping up the fluid it was fine foe another 10,000 miles although I had to replace the slave cylinder in the end. But I cannot be sure that is related due to the time that had elapsed.

Do you park the car on a hill at any time?

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