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Repairing a Car's Transmission

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Repairing a Car
The transmission in your car is a very essential part of the engine. Keeping it in good working order and recognizing the onset of problems may save you money in the long run. This is a guide about repairing a car's transmission.
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June 21, 20050 found this helpful

I have a 1993 Buick Lesabre with an automatic transmission problem. On cold days it takes 20 minutes to a half an hour to warmup the car before it can go forward in gear or in reverse. Now that the weather is warmer it takes about 15-20 miutes to move in gear? I know it's the transmission but has this happened to anyone else? any suggestions from other Buick owners have had this problem?

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Thank you,
Joe from Providence RI

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 22, 20050 found this helpful

You can check out a great website http://www.stretcher.com Follow the left column down until you come to "Bob: the car care man" or "Car care clinic" or similar wording. You can check out his answers to previous problems but you can also ask him about your particular problem. He is very prompt and good about answering questions! Good Luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 3, 20050 found this helpful

my 2004 lesabre has had one fly wheel replaced and now it is broken again. The dealer is going to replace the torque converter and new flywheel. I have never had a problem with buicks, even close to this.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 16, 20050 found this helpful

I also have the same problem with a 1993 Buick Lesabre. When the weather gets cool or cold it won't go into forward or reverse until it warms up. Once it engages it runs good and stays that way during the summer months. Anyone got a clue for the fix.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 5, 20080 found this helpful

I have the same problem. My car won't start and takes several minutes to an hour to start back up. It also shuts of in mid-acceleration. I let my ac run for a while sometimes and push my car forward and reverse and it starts quicker.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 20, 20090 found this helpful

Try replacing the modulator valve.

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November 22, 20120 found this helpful

The transmission in my car won't do anything. There is no drive, reverse, 1st, or second gear.

By BW from Appleton, WI

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November 22, 20120 found this helpful

Unless you are a trained transmission mechanic, I don't think you will be able to do it yourself.

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November 24, 20120 found this helpful

Time to take it to a shop. This sounds like an expensive repair to me, but if you are asking questions on here, you obviously need professional help with such a problem.

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November 24, 20120 found this helpful

I had the same thing to happen to me! I was told that the trans had to be rebuilt at a cost of $1700. That didn't fix the problem! The wiring harness that goes from the transmission to the motor was bad! $150 repair. I forget what it is called,but it tells the transmission when to change gears. As you can tell, I am no mechanic! Have it checked out first! Good Luck...Kathy

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By 0 found this helpful
May 30, 2016

I have a 1990 Buick LeSabre. My tranmission would not shift to overdrive. I put fluid in, but I put too much So I removed the excess and now it doesn't move at all.

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August 16, 20170 found this helpful

I am so sorry to hear of your problem. If you have over filled the transmission fluid in your car you will need to have it repaired by a mechanic. This is not a simple fix and if you don't understand about repairing cars it is almost impossible to repair it on your own. I would call a garage near you and take your car there.

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December 31, 2014

My 2001 Monte Carlo stopped pulling, the car still runs, but will not go into forward or reverse. I was driving on the express, then all of the sudden the car stopped pulling.

By tiffanysmith3095

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December 31, 20140 found this helpful

Could be many many possibilities. Repair shop probably your best plan.

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January 3, 20150 found this helpful

Get it towed to a shop, one that you trust, as what this probably needs is a new transmission. Get a good estimate, as you may find the repair is worth more than your car, if it is an old one.

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May 18, 20110 found this helpful

When my 94 Buick is cold and I put in it in drive or reverse it bumps, but won't go forwards or reverse for about 10 to 15 minutes, till it warms up. Then once warmed up it goes into gear and works perfectly until it cools down, then same over again. I changed fluid and filter and no difference. What do I do?

By Richard from Huntsville, AL

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Let it warm up. Might need bands tightened. But since it's a 94 might just be age.

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

I have the same issue with on a 1994 Lesabre and have done some pretty extensive research on this issue.

This is a very common issue on all 4T60e transmissions, often referred to as "morning sickness". These transmissions are pretty weak and you can't expect them to last more than about 150k miles.

The issue in question is related to a bad seal that doesn't allow the transmission to gain enough pressure at cold temps. Once the transmission has warmed up the seal expands and allows enough pressure to build up.

Unfortunately, there is no easy / cheap fix for this. Using an additive such as Lucas Oils Stop Slip may buy you some time, it works in 2 ways by thickening your fluid and "swelling" the seals.

The downside is that an older transmission will have brittle seals and it will work for a while (could be a week, could be a year) but will eventually stop working and the seals will be worse than they were originally.

* Do NOT do a transmission flush on older transmissions!

* Only use an additive if absolutely necessary and you know your trans is on its way out!

* Be prepared for an expensive trans rebuild or replacement!

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By 0 found this helpful
April 15, 2008

I have my dad's old 1990 truck. The lifters are making noise and the tranny is going too. Someone told me to put ATF in the engine for the lifters and put Lucs transmission additive in for the tranny. Is this true?

Cheryl from Fayeteville, NC

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 17, 20080 found this helpful

My hubby retired mechanic says it can't hurt but if the engine isn't getting compression it won't help either. So its a fifty fifty. Go ahead and put it in and see if it does. Hope this helps.

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

Put Rislone in the engine and TransEx in for the tranny.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 5, 2015

I have a 1998 Honda Civic and my car runs and then stops, but the car is still on. It does not move forward or backwards. I took it to my mechanic and he said that it's the transmission. When it warms up it stops and doesn't shift gears. Can it be something else? Thanks.

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October 6, 20150 found this helpful

If your mechanic says the problem is the transmission, then you most probably have your (unfortunately expensive) answer. You can take the car to another mechanic for another opinion. However, it appears your decision is to repair the Civic or consider another car.

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January 26, 2015

I have a 2004 Nissan Altima. My transmision will not take off in any gear, whether it's drive, reverse, low or high gear, it will not move. I observed the shifter linkage and everything seems normal, there are no unusual sounds.

By Voner V.

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January 27, 20150 found this helpful

Your car is ten years old with unknown internal problems. You need an auto mechanic to diagnose the problems and provide recommendations for repair.

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January 17, 20150 found this helpful

My 2005 Nissan Altima will drive in reverse, but not forward until the car is warmed up. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes.

By John

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January 29, 20150 found this helpful

Hello John! This problem usually occurs after a certain age of car. Internal seals get brittle after a time lag and causes internal fluid leakage of unavailability for transmission. Thus transmission become unable to build enough fluid pressure to operate until adequate head is not generated. Its not a big issue you need to rebuild your car transmission by any reliable mechanic. Even if situation of replacement arise you can buy it from any used transmission dealer like http://www.buyu  transmission.php because they perform equal as new hence no need to waste money on new one. This problem is common in cold days, so don't get annoyed.

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September 13, 20130 found this helpful

How do I replace the modulator valve on a 1994 LeSabre?

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September 15, 20130 found this helpful

If you have a public library nearby, they might have Motor, Chilton or Haynes manuals that cover your car's make and model. One of them should have diagrams and instructions to explain this repair. You might be able to borrow the book, or else photocopy the pages you need.

If not, the librarian might be able to help you get this information through interloan or other research tools. When I worked as a librarian, I helped patrons with these questions many times. Good luck!

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August 20, 20130 found this helpful

I just bought a 1994 Buick Lesabre and everyday I have to warm it up for at least 30 minutes or more in order for my car to drive. If I do not warm it up no matter how much I press the gas the car will not drive. I don't have any extra money; can you please tell me what I need to do?

By Precious M

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April 15, 20160 found this helpful

Verify the fluid level first off. It that's ok it sounds like the tranny is worn out. There are additives you can buy that you put in that may help. I generally don't think these additives are good long term but if the tranny is worn out and needs to be replaced soon anyway I would give it a shot as it may buy you some time.

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