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06-18-2015 04:36 AM
amc49 Lol.

Someone has obviously never checked the success rate of even the best trans shops around, they themselves have maybe only a 50% success rate and why they commonly replace the entire trans now, they cannot find out what is wrong with them and very common.
06-18-2015 12:56 AM
sailor Go ahead & throw a set of "coil pigtails" on that duratec, not likely to solve anything unless mice chewed them off but what do we know?

Oops - gave you an answer you didn't want....
06-18-2015 12:07 AM
colemanba1979
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Originally Posted by Marde View Post
Congrats ErinP. Replaced Solenoid A and B right? Good job.



ATX trans issues are one problem that I fully support "throwing solenoids at it". Mostly because of the looming prices you might pay a professional shop to properly diag and fix a trans problem... and other factors too. However, your earlier post does not lead me to believe you have a trans problem that solenoid replacement might fix.

Have you created your own thread yet... where you have detailed your car symptoms and history? If not, you might get better help with your own thread.
Well, I threw down and replaced them all and still no fix. Also, bought some coil pigtails I'll throw at it next week when the weather picks up. Yeah, solenoids didn't do the trick, but when I sell it, it'll almost be a brand newish car!
I haven't created my own thread on it because half the people couldn't work under a good shade tree, another quarter are professional focus genius wannabes that all say... read through the posts, and the other quarter say something they heard once from a guy they know about a story their best friends uncle told them about a ford escort that they worked on once.

But, at least the thread on transmission fluid changes was informative. Thanks!
06-02-2015 09:57 AM
JONNY750 Thanks I did placed it neutral saw the timing marks and replace it with the marks aligned
06-02-2015 05:22 AM
amc49 It has to be adjusted properly too.
06-01-2015 09:16 PM
JONNY750 Does not always shift hard out of first
06-01-2015 09:00 PM
JONNY750
trans problems

2001 zx3 shifts hard out of 1st. any ideas
had po705 code replaced range module still the same
Thanks for time
04-26-2015 12:10 AM
Ex-Calif Drove it again tonight. Definitely 2-3. Only happens under lighter acceleration. Moderate acceleration or heavy acceleration it shifts clean - Intuition would say a pressure problem. Higher rpm = higher pressure?

Sold my '67 Chevelle for $1500 in 1981. Shoulda put it in a barn...

Also put a 400 small block in a Datsun pickup but that's another story for another forum - LOL...
04-25-2015 02:01 PM
amc49 The servo controls 2 and 4 so any combination of going into 2-3 or 3-4 can show up there. Slips too early coming out of 2 and slips late going into 4.

I used to put Vega converters in Turbo 400s behind 454 BBC to get cheap man's hi-stall converter...we at one time had a 2 speed Powerglide that ran in the mid 9's at 140 mph 1/4 mi. '70 Corvette............we should be shot for butchering that car, I groan to think of what a '70 with 454 4 speed would bring now............
04-25-2015 08:49 AM
Ex-Calif
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If the problem is 3 to OD shift then servo piston can break loose its' pin to do that or servo may simply need another longer band bolt, it has worn band enough so that it slips slightly and both issues can be erratic. Bolt on the other end of band from servo comes in slightly different lengths to do that, but common for trans shops to tell you you need a new trans in lieu of that quick fix, it makes them far more money. Both 3 and 4 use the direct clutch pack too, high mileage trans end cover wear can make for direct clutch hydraulic circuit leaks that produce that slip occasionally. Usually reverse suffers first but not always.

PCM can only point towards solenoid issues because that is the only thing that can be electrically detected, it cannot deduce exact mechanical problems. When a solenoid code pops up, it should be more widely interpreted as could be anything that solenoid plays with including hard parts, the wiring to the solenoid could easily be frayed or broken internally as well.

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This is excellent info and you definitely sound like you know this tranny well. Thanks for sharing. I've read some of the other posts about how to get into the tranny and fix some of the realtively "common" wear out parts and failures. I am not shy about that kinda stuff once I get my garage and get it organized.

To be honest I may be having a senior moment. The shift slip may be 2-3 not 3-4. I will have to double check. I am not driving "his" car since I got my new (to me) Jeep Liberty.

That animal (a 2012) has its own list of demons that can pop up - LOL...

As for all this electronic mumbo jumbo today? It's our fault. It started sme time in the mid '70s the day I put electronic points on my '67 Chevelle 327 to get a hotter spark - LOL...

Look what we started - The good old "Powerslide" transmission didn't have any freakin' wires going to it or in it. Just a vacuum tube (and a high stall torque converter) - LOL...
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