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Old 01-05-2018, 08:09 PM   #1
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Crapped out?

Well, crap. Was about 5 min from Skooliepalooza and the tranny seems to have cratered out. Didn't want to shift from 3rd to 4th, then basically went out of gear and I coasted off the side of the road. Now it will not go into any gear. Any ideas? I looked underneath and everything looked normal. I had my wife move the shift lever and I could see the linkage moving on the side of the transmission.

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Dang. Nothing, huh? no grinding or engaging at all? You think it's the converter pump?
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I don't know enough to be of a help other than I remember on one of my cars if the transmission level was low it would not shift properly.
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Dang. Nothing, huh? no grinding or engaging at all? You think it's the converter pump?
Unfortunately, I don't know enough about transmissions to answer that....

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Dang. Nothing, huh? no grinding or engaging at all? You think it's the converter pump?
But no grinding or engaging. Move the shift lever and nothing happens at all.

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But no grinding or engaging. Move the shift lever and nothing happens at all.

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When that happened to our Ford Taurus the splined shaft that drives the pump had given up ... wear in the splined bit of the torque-convertor.

Everything worked just fine, but the car wouldn't move.

Unfortunately, it was transmission out to fix it.
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You really need to find the transmission dipstick (rear passenger side of motor on my AT545 with a Cummings). Check the level with the motor running, transmission in park. Pull it out, wipe it off, put it back in, and pull it back out and check the level. It may take several tries. Look at both sides of the dipstick. Pulling it out draws fluid up into the dipstick tube, and will make it look fuller that it really is, after the first time you pull it. Wait a minute or two after pulling it, then re-insert it and pull it again to check the level.

If the fluid is low, add more. If it is black or clear and thin, you need new fluid (along with a new filter). The fluid should be cherry red when in good condition.
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Fluid looked OK. Nice and reddish-pink, didn't smell burnt. Level didn't seem too low. One weird thing is that neither the reverse lights nor the alarm beep goes off when you put it in R.

Just got it towed to a shop in Quartzsite, but they don't open until Monday... at least we have the car and can go hang out...


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