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Old 05-04-2009
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Originally Posted by HoffaLives View Post
did you check fluid colour? is it dark? does it smell burnt? is there any water in it from a heat exchanger? is there a filter that can be replaced? any external fittings that you can stick on a pressure gauge to check pump pressure?

also do you know the proper procedure for checking fluid levels? run engine to operating temps and shut down. immediately have someone check the fluid level.
Yes, checked fluid after every stop, and immediately after stopping. So the 1000 mile journey consisted of 5 stops. Added a little bit of fluid at 2nd stop, but that was it. No burnt smell and fluid was normal in color. No leaking at all.

Timebandit - Thanks for digging that out. It's definitely not a maneuvering thing.

Btw, here's the transmission in operation on YouTube. Take a look and let me know if this changes anyone's opinion.

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Just one more thought.

It looks like the shift arm on the trans is clamped on with a bolt holding it firm on the bottom but it does not "sound" loose.

I heard a sound that seemed to indicate the trans "clicked" into reverse and neutral but foward sounded vague or nonexistant, true, or can you feel it lock in?

One last thing I might look for is a way to index the shift system. Look for a hole in the shift arm that lines up with a hole in the transmission. A set of holes that when a pin is inserted will line up the shift lever to the trans in one gear.

I suspect what is broken is an inexpensive part but anything that that can get logged between the gears is not minor. I think it will have ot come out.


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Just received a call from my 2nd opinion guy. He said the transmission is completely fine. He simply changed the slot position between the cables and gear lever. Took him 30 minutes and he could not reproduce the problem after doing so. He did say there is no way I would have known to do that. It's not in any manuals for troubleshooting. Basically, it's a very sensitive setting.

So Bwindrope nailed it.

That 2nd opinion saved me $5300!!

Thanks to everyone for providing your feedback.
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