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post #1 of 4 Old 03-08-2013, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Is my trans dead?

Well a week ago I had my first issue of the truck not shifting into rev or drive. After a few slides of the shifter it locked in and away I went. Then this week while driving it would drop out of gear as I was at a stop light or slowing for a turn. Never had to mess with a transmission before but guessing its done for. I've been trying to back out of the driveway for 20 minutes now. When I put it in a gear the engine idles up slightly but no movement. Any ideas? Guess a new transmission is what I'll be looking for now.


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Check your fluid level, colour and smell.

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As twoice said above, check the fluid. What your looking for in the fluid is a clear bright cherry red color with a shellfish smell, NOT A BURNT SMELL. If it smells burnt and/or is dark, that means you have burnt up your drums internals inside the transmission and more then likely also ruined your TC if the TC wasn't the main cause of the gear slippage in the first place.

My first and always first assumption is thinking that you might not service your transmission every 30,000 miles with all new fluid and a new filter. If you do, that's awesome but stuff can still get into your solenoids and bind them up causing loss of a gear. Replace the solenoids related with the gears first before anything and see what it does, rather it be $200 then $2,000.

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Is my trans dead?

Drained and refilled transmission yesterday. It went right in to gear and is running great. I was pretty low on fluid.


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