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Old 03-10-2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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ZX3 Transmission issues

Hello everyone,

I'm hoping for a bit of help on this. I tried doing some searching, but I didn't find a thread that had addressed the issues I've been having.

I drive an '03 ZX3 with 145k miles. Yesterday I was on the highway and while accelerating (60mph-70mph on a big hill) my rev counter jumped and the car began coasting. After a moment the car jerked forward and continued to move on. On my way home this happened again at different speeds (45,35 and 25.) My engine light also came on.

I am assuming this is an issue with the transmission, and something is causing it to miss/slip out of gear. Last month I had a break drum replaced and my fluids were all checked (level wise) at the time. I have not had a transmission fluid flush performed on this car that I can recall.

I am planning to get to Autozone for their "engine light check" later today if possible, but I was wondering if you fine folks may be able to give me a heads up on what to expect/how to remedy this issue. I'm pretty broke right now and I'm certainly not a "car guy." I fix plenty of things, but cars are not one of them. hahaha

Thank you in advance for your help. Please let me know if there is any more information needed to determine the issue.


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Old 03-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Are you saying you've driven the car 145K without ever changing the trans fluid?
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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Sorry, forgot to mention, I bought the car two years ago. I haven't done anything to the trans fluid since I've owned it except top it off.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:04 AM   #4
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I think you need a trans rebuild as it sounds like the fluid pump inside the trans is worn out, but I'm not that familiar with that model trans. I have had the exact same symptoms happen with other automatic transmissions in other cars, though. 146K on an auto trans is pretty good IMHO.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:57 AM   #5
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Autozone may not be able to go deeper to get trans error codes, someone correct me if you know this is incorrect. I know O'Reilly's couldn't for sure.

Need to get codes checked; could be something as simple as a output speed sensor or neutral switch, which nowadays also tells PCM what gear car is in. If info missing from either of those the software can argue with itself to make for some interesting issues. A trans shop could do that as well as check line pressure....................

Can pretty much tell you that simple fluid changing does not generally touch a problem like this.
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