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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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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.
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.
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.
The transmission in my car won't do anything. There is no drive, reverse, 1st, or second gear.
By BW from Appleton, WI
Unless you are a trained transmission mechanic, I don't think you will be able to do it yourself.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Could be many many possibilities. Repair shop probably your best plan.
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
Let it warm up. Might need bands tightened. But since it's a 94 might just be age.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
My 2005 Nissan Altima will drive in reverse, but not forward until the car is warmed up. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes.
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.
How do I replace the modulator valve on a 1994 LeSabre?
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!
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
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.