[DML] Re: Stupid question for brilliant people-Auto Tranny Blues
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[DML] Re: Stupid question for brilliant people-Auto Tranny Blues

Hi Shane,

Five years is an awfully long time tolerating trouble with the auto 
I am rather new to the D but not to automatic transmissions.
The filling problem: yes, that can be troublesome, the marksare clear 
but the fluid does not level easily. There is a simple rule provided 
for all cars with auto trannies: warm up the engine, shift through 
the gears and check with running engine. Have to add fluid? Wait a 
while to allow the fluid to warm up, shift through the gears again 
and thereafter, check anew. Do so until you have reached the proper 
The shifting problem: That puzzles me too. Usually when the computer 
is down (defective) you only have 2 or 3 or only 3. Regardless what 
the problems are: first check the governor computer to be working 
properly, if necessary replace ALL suspicious parts (power 
transistors and their resistors at least, replacing the BC237s would 
not hurt either, check all printed circuit lines and aisles for 
breaks. I also advise to dig into the connector to the generator of 
the governor as - in my case - it turned out a connection deepy 
buried under the RTV seal was broken loose.
Did you check the solenoids/governor signals to be correct for the 
gear it should be in at a certain point (check lights or LEDs will 
help out there; mine are 3 mm LEDs hidden in the dashboard constantly 
monitoing the shifting).
Did you use the dignostic charts in the manual at G:04:03-04( chart 1 
states electrical and hydraulic problems missing 3rd (wiring etc., 
governor, solenoid valves, valve body) and mechanical problems for 
reverse (clutch c1) and for combined missing 3rd and no engine 
braking in reverse (brake b1).
I agree that replacing the tranny itself may solve your problems in 
one blow, but also empties your wallet while blowing. And the 
governor is still the one you now have, so....
I hope this may help you on your way to a better driving D.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "ltshaneclarke" <ltshaneclarke@...> 
> Well, as many of you know I've been fighting with my auto tranny 
> over 5 years now.  I have lost 3rd gear right out the gate and now 
> reverse is gone.  So, I am going to attempt to have it flushed and 
> serviced one more time.  But, I think  it's time to do a 
> tranny.  Along with that, every time I drain and refill the system 
> barely tell where the fill mark is.  I follow the service manual 
> says fill with 2 liters and wait until vehicle reaches operating 
> temperature then add fluid to the fill line.  Every time it jumps 
> bottom to high.  I also run it through the gears a few times and 
> seems to bring the level down until I fill it again, then boom it's 
> over the line.  Any help for this idiot would be greatly 
appreciated on 
> how much you have had to put in your tranny.  Also, any help on 
> a new/rebuilt tranny and governor and all the fun gaskets to have 
> job done would be greatly appreciated.  I know that last year some 
> people had some for sale.  Thanks again for the world class help 
> group offers to morons like me!
> Shane Clarke
> #1991

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