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Transmission completely rebuilt pryor to rebuild 20 miles to the gallon and now 12 miles to the gallon. nothing else done. torque convertor replaced with rebuild. obviously a transmission problem but what would cause this.

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CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL MAKE SURE ITS CORRECT. SOUND LIKE TORQUE CONVERTER NOT LOCKING UP FOR OVER DRIVE.TORQUE CONVERTER COULD BE FAULTY OR YOU HAVE THE WRONG ONE INSTALLED.

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Bad torque convertor want to replace with one a little bit more heavy duty?


Marty, I'm not too sure if there's such a thing as a heavy duty torque converter. I can't say that I've ever heard of one. The type of torque converter is, as far as I'm aware, specific to the make-model and transmission of your vehicle.

A torque converter usually has a long life though sometimes they can develop faults such as leaks. Repair/rebuild is a specialised requirement and outside the scope of the home mechanic. It's only a specialised company that can do anything with them.

A second-hand torque converter is an option - but remember they are second hand and come with no guarantee. It may work fine for a few years - or a couple of weeks. There's no way of knowing which.

The link below is for torque converters on Ebay. Maybe contact one of the suppliers and ask their advice?
torque converter

You can also do a Google search for 'reconditioned torque converter'. This is a slightly cheaper option (if you can find a reconditioned unit) and will come with some form of guarantee.

If you're doing the work yourself - well done! It's a big, messy job. I've done a few over the past 40 years.

On a personal note - I'm in the UK - many, many years ago I had a problem with the torque converter on a 1969 Rover 3500 V8. I didn't have much money at that time, and fitted a second hand torque converter. It took 2 days to complete the job.. which wasn't easy...

20 miles after fitting the second hand torque converter I became aware of torque converter problems ... and yes, I fitted another second hand torque converter which lasted a whole 4 weeks...

I'm sure you get the idea... New or reconditioned with a guarantee is the only option. My friend in Ohio assures me that the devil punishes people by making them fit second hand torque converters to their cars ... He's from Ohio, he doesn't tell lies..

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Transmission is intermittenly slipping


change trans fluid & filter ! important you do this ! very low fluid level ! if it doesn't improve, torque convertor and maybe pump is shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!need rebuild, for the price of a rebuilt trans,, JEG'S.COM , OR SUMMIT RACING.COM will give you a new one !check it out !

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IF your ****** was removed and re-installed there is a good possibility that there is a problem withe torque convertor. either it is not installed or seated properly or the weight block welded to it may have come off. Also your flex plate ( the part that your torque convertor mounts to) may be warped or bent during re-installation Hope these ideas help you out..

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Recently had my transmission completely rebuilt including new torque converter on 2002 axiom. car gets approx. 20 miles per gallon. imediately after rebuild i am getting 12 miles to the gallon. nothing...


is the car going into Overdrive? have the trans shop check their work over and make sure everything is OK. If the trans checks out ok, have a reliable repair shop check scan data and see if they can see anthing out of spec.

Sep 05, 2010 | 2002 Isuzu Axiom

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Engine kills when you come to a stop with transmission in drive seems like it is not shifting down to lower gear.


torque convertor is not unlocking for it to down shift.unplug connector on driver side frontside of transmission that should let shift up and down without the lock working will lose a few miles to gallon.needs a new torque convertor

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Looses poer when goin up a hill with foot to the floor i can only do 50mph then sercie light comes on had tranny rebuilt already. Hill size 6% grade but on flatt land rides cooll


check tranny fluid level and see it its brownish black and if it seems..this will be an indication of slippage..did you take the transmission to a reputable shop...did they pull the pan and show you that it had metal shavings in it? some shops just to save money only adjust the bands and this would probably be o.k. for normal level streets but lugging up a hill with marginal bands and flush system and install new fluid. if you went back and picked it up the next day i would be suspicious..be cause all shops when they are going to do a complete break down and replace all the bands clutch plates worn planetrary gears and torque convertors subcontract the overhauls they dont have the time to do these major repairs..so if they said come back in about three days then they might have done a rebuild. also if they didnt service the torque convertor properly by doing a flush on it they hold a lot of fluid, oil worn out fliud that would mix with the other new fluid and contaminate it again...if you only paid $500 to $600 to service the transmission i would suspect that they didnt do a complete rebuild.
there is one more thing that could cause this problem but it would also affect normal driving and that is a clogged up catylitic convertor. but i doubt it..drive on an open highway at about 50mph and step on it if it takes a long time and seems to struggle to speed up then its the cat.
can a get a rating, thanks!

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I have 97 Acura RL 3.5/V6, got 'Check Engine Light' on (OBD Code P0740) about a year, my car is running OK, except slightly low fuel economy (19 Miles/Gallon). My questions are: 1)Could it be just Solenoid...


it will be a solenoid
the code p 0740 refers to torque converter clutch (TCC) solenoid ---circuit malfunction===causes --wiring--TCC-- ECM /? TCM ( transmission control module
it is not a transmission problem so leave it alone
it is an electronic control problem so check wiring and connections and if it is either the solenoid or the TCM replace what is faulty
take it to an accredited auto transmission specialist shop have an tranny oil change done , have the bands and clutch pack s adjusted and have them check the TCC solenoid and TCM for correct operation
probably find that there will be an improvement in the fuel consumption after that

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Transmission model is AX4N.The reason that the car/trans only acts up after long drives is the heat.As metal components heat up,tolerances and clearances that were marginal or borderline before with moderate heat,become excessive clearances when really hot.More than likely there are internal transmission components with excessive wear.Many problematic areas inside the AX4N trans is the pump,where the oil pump driveshaft bearing wears out,the seal is torn,and hydraulic pressure falls off,common failure point in these units.The other areas are typical to all automatic transmissions,the clutch packs and bands wear and lose clearance.as well as some of the bushings inside the unit.I just rebuilt recently a trans exactly identical to your car,V8...4.6Ltr Lincoln,and it had minimal damage inside,but enough to throw the check engine light on with a Torque Convertor Clutch trouble code.The TCC was slipping excessively,and the vehicle computer recognized this,and illuminated the CEL.Chances are good that the damage inside your trans will be minimal,but now is the time to consider rebuilding it and restoring all the hydraulic circuits integrity,and resetting all the clutch pack and band clearances with new clutches,steels,and bands.A remanufactured torque convertor should also be installed along with rebuilding the trans.Be careful as to who does the work on the trans should you decide to rebuild it,as some people's definition of a rebuild doesn't quite qualify as anything more than a patch/repair job.A complete rebuild consists of tearing the trans completely down,loading it into a parts cleaner,and thoroughly cleaning it.From this point,the rebuild begins,including a banner overhaul kit,new steels,bands,seals,thrust washers as required,Electronic Pressure Control solenoid,all new bushings,set clutch pack clearances to factory specifications,along with setting unit endplay,and a remanufactured torque convertor.Good luck.

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