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Old 01-31-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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I know that a lot of people on here have experience problems with their transmissions. In particular, I am talking about the position A shift solenoid. When this solenoid starts to fail, your car will slip and or hesitate going into third gear. Most often, your car will throw a code, but some times it doesn't. In my case, a code wasn't thrown.

Today I replaced the faulty solenoid and my car drives as it did when I first bought it brand new.

I know a lot of guys fix there solenoid problem, but than they don't post their results - I figure that I will let you guys know.

Good luck to you guys experiencing this problem - it was an easy fix!


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Old 01-31-2009, 06:57 PM   #2
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Could you go into a little detail about the symptons? would one be the small grind going into 3rd at high rpms alot of us have?
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Did this grind or hard shifting happen more often in the cold weather?
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Could you go into a little detail about the symptons? would one be the small grind going into 3rd at high rpms alot of us have?
hmm...actually, I haven't noticed that "grind" that i use to have...i don't want to say things to early, but i think this might have fixed it. i'll have to report back in a few days and let you guys know
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uh not really? maybe slightly, but shifting in general is greatly affected by cold weather, i noticed it even more with new clutch and tranny fluid, especially second gear, but once its warmed up its alot better except for the third gear grind that seems for the most part the same
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Unless I am mistaken, that solenoid levin replaced is on automatic transmissions, while the 3rd gear grind woden23 asked about is the synchro possibly starting to go bad on a manual transmission
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Yes. Shift solenoids exist in automatics. I can't see an automatic grinding per-say as the planetaries are in constant mesh with each other. The only things that are not in constant contact are the application units such as the bands and clutch packs, all of which are hydraulically actuated anyway.
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That's what I thought, thanks.
My car is a stick and sometimes when I quickly shift into 3rd it grinds a little, so I believe my 3rd gear synchro is starting to go bad
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Well synchros aren't typically made for quick, racing engagement of gears. They are there to provide a smooth shifting experience. If you wanted a racing type setup it would be best to switch to a dog gearset. Much quicker engagement, you don't have to use the clutch, very strong and very noisy.
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haah wow i feel real dumb now, but thanks this is why i love focusfanatics! yea synchros fail, i cant afford a new tranny :( i really had alot of plans for this car, but it seems more and more that something else will break and ill be stuck and need money bad
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