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After rebuilding auto tranny wont shift out of drive. no neutral or reverse why is that? full of fluid, new filter. 1.8l

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  • noptatahs Aug 24, 2010

    2001 kia spectra 1.8l auto trans. new gears but wont go into reverse or neutral. only park and drive. didnt know if it was something small of major



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That sounds like a problem with the valve body, and check to be certain that the proper gaskets were used for the valve body, and either there is a valve(s) that is sticking or is not properly installed in the valve body, or the check balls in the valve body are missing or out of place.

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  • Zaraki Aug 24, 2010

    If the transmission was rebuilt at a repair facility then it should be taken back there, and if not then a problem with the valve body is still the most likely suspect and the manual shift valve might not be installed properly.

  • noptatahs Aug 27, 2010

    so i replayed the entire valve body and not it seems to be worse.. before you would hit the gas and it would sound normal but only it would be in drive the entire time not matter what. now it feels like the parking brake is on. you have to kind of rev it up to even get it to move ( still only has drive) while the valve body was out i tried to move as much as i could and the gears seem to move. any other ideas?

  • Zaraki Aug 27, 2010

    What exactly is the vehicle, and do you know if the transmission is a F5A51, or a F4A-EL?

  • Zaraki Aug 27, 2010

    That Spectra should have an F4A-EL transmission.

  • noptatahs Aug 27, 2010

    It is a 2001 kia spectra 1.8l automatic w/ overdrive. I'm not sure which one it is. Id have to look again I don't remember

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  • Zaraki Sep 06, 2010

    The transmission operates by channeling hydraulic fluid through control valves and fluid channels to activate the proper clutch packs and band(s) to obtain the desired gear, and there is definitely a control pressure problem with that transmission. The most common suspects to look for will be the manual valve is not properly installed, the check-balls are not properly installed, the transfer plate and the valve body have the gaskets switched and the gaskets are in the wrong place, or the gaskets are the wrong ones being used, there is a problem with the front pump assembly or the gasket is not properly aligned, or there is an internal crack in the transmission case somewhere that is allowing fluid to travel where it should normally not be able to flow.



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