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Old 10-07-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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What is wrong with my car???

just got a 2000 ZX3 AUTOMATIC with 30K on it and recently when I gas on the accelerator, instead of the speed going up, the RPM goes up. And when I stop to a red light or stop sign, and then when I accelerate again the RPM goes up. I release the pedal slowly RPM comes down THEN the speed goes up. ehhh wtf?


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How's the fluid level with the engine running in park?
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Old 10-07-2006, 08:43 PM   #3
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how do i check that? you sound like you know what your talking about. In park the needle (if thats what your talking about) is not in the middle. Its all the way down to the left.
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You'll want to be looking under the hood. What "Whynot" was referring to was checking the fluid level in your transmission. It's possible you've got a leak and your tranny fluid is low, or it's possible your tranny is toast!
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Old 10-07-2006, 09:07 PM   #5
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thanks guys , ill check that out. Because it takes forever for me to accelerate to 40+ MPH nowadays. RPM goes up like crazy when i accelerate.
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how do i check that? you sound like you know what your talking about.
That statement is totally up for debate.... personally, I stink at figuring out car problems from internet descriptions. Then again, the operative word in the statement is "sound", and we can't really "sound" like anything in text format.



Well if you haven't been checking your transmission fluid level... umm....

The directions are covered in the owner's manual as well as recommended fluids and sevice intervals. You're due for a filter change. If the fluid is dark in color- it should be medium red- or smells burnt like burnt toast- you need a filter and fluid change. There's a thread in here somewhere where there's a description of what the job should entail, and a Haynes or Chilton's manual from an auto parts store will give pictures and a better description. It's something anyone can do with the right guidance and equipment-in this case: a pan to catch the fluid, filter, black or grey RTV (automotive caulk), ratchet, sockets, screwdriver, 4 qts of Mercon V fluid, a funnel, and a brain. I'll be happy to dig that thread up if you get that far.

The first thing you need to do is verify that the transmission has fluid in it. For all we know your dipstick is missing. The owner's manual will give you a better description than I can about where the dipstick is located. There will be 2 marks on the dipstick: WARM and COLD. If you haven't started the car that day, then the car is cold. The COLD mark is the full mark for the transmission when the engine is cold. Start the car in park, pop the hood, pull out the dipstick, wipe off dipstick, insert dipstick fully, pull out dipstick being careful not to tip it up so that the fluid runs further up the dipstick and gives a false reading. Look at the highest point where the dipstick has fluid on it. If it is not up as high as the COLD mark, or the WARM mark if the car has been driven around- then you need to add fluid. Check the owner's manual, but I think that the AT transmission uses Mercon V. You'll need a funnel, and you put the new fluid in through the dipstick tube on the transmission. Add 1/2 qt at a time so you don't overfill the transmission.

If you did not see fluid on the dipstick after you wiped it off: you're at least 2 qts low. After you have filled your transmission, find some cardboard or newspaper that you can position under the car overnight to see if you're leaking transmission fluid. If you are leaking, and you're brave, then it's time to do a transmission filter job described above.

You might want to check the oil once a week too- just in case it springs a leak.
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First off, I appreciate all the info you gave me. Secondly, I checked the tranny fluid. It has plenty in it and its still clear and not black.
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