Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:50 am Post subject: Torque Converter
Two mechanics I have had listen to the whine my car is making speculate that it is the torque converter. IS there an issue with the TC in these tranny's? What I have told them is the whine seems to go away when the car gets up to high gear. They say thats when the TC locks up so it makes sense. I have also told them it whines in park/neutral and gets louder with rpm. So has anyone else had TC issues? I thought is was the tranny itself. Which they said it could be the fluid pump, but is most likely the TC. Anyone ever tried lucas transmission fix lol A couple guys at work have suggested it.
If two mechanics think you have a TC problem, you probably have a TC problem. Take it to third for good measure if you want. Pretty much anything in this transmission can be a problem (including the TC). I can't help with diagnosis or repair of the problem save to say DO NOT USE a mechanic in a bottle. It can't fix any damage that has been done and could just make things worse.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
The point I am at though is its been whining for a very long time, pretty much the 3 years I have had the car. I'm thinking do I worry about it now? Or wait for it to go completely? If there going to go in as far as the TC, should I do a rebuild or swap in a used tranny as well? I'd hate to replace the TC then have the tranny go soon after. Either way I am not looking forward to the bill for these repairs.
I would wait on it. I would save up and do a tep trans at the same time. It will save you time and money in the long run
I was looking into TEP tranny, but IIRC the standard trans is ~1500 + 500 Core then who knows how much to ship. SO 2k without shipping up front, plus the 6-7 hours the shop gets paid to install,so say like 6 hundred including fluid since I don't have time to do so myself. thats at 2600 without shipping. I think I may have better luck just getting a rebuild for like 1600. I am no longer worried to much about performance, at this point i am just looking for it to last. I would do it myself but frankly auto trannys scare me, let alone these ones. IT just sucks I know once I get over the tranny hump the car should last quite a while. I am just in need of more money.
If you can do the r&r yourself...personally I would change the torque converter and use the trans line cleaner (the kind you can get in can under pressure) and clean the lines out. The torque converter should be about 150, plus fluid, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to drop the pan and change the filter. So you would be looking at 5-6 hours of time if you are used to working on cars and 50-75 bucks in fluid, filter, and line flush depending on if you put dex 3 or 6 back in.
I'm with Iffy on the trans in the can fix. However, I am a believer in the lubegard red bottle as an additive.
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