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I've searched and noticed that a lot of you are saying that the Auto tranny is good to around 500hp. Well, I was on my way to work and noticed that my RPM's were up a little higher than normal and I figured that my T/C wasn't engaging. When I gave it more gas ,the car jumped a little. There wasn't a *clunk* sound so I'm not too worried but you never know. After I parked, then put it into drive, the car wouldnt go ANYWERE. 1st, 2nd, Drive, Reverse, none worked. Then I shut my car off for about 30 seconds, if that long, then started it again and everything worked fine. Then, I was driving home and it started again. After I got home, I turned it off again then turned it on again. It worked normal again, but it started acting up again. I dont have anything to monitor the temperature of the tranny and I'm no guru when it comes to cars. Any ideas what it might be? What steps should I take to trouble shoot? Thanks for the help in advance.
Lenny

Could it be: Torque converter or Shift linkage?
 

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Typically when the tranny stops working after being driven for a while, it means that the fluid is dirty and the filter gets clogged after sucking up the dirty fluid for a while. After you shut it off the junk falls free from the filter and the tranny will work until it clogs again.

My sugesstion is to pull the pan and clean the filter out real good along with flushing all the lines. This may buy you some time. Remember that the junk in the fluid is particles from clutches, bearings, etc that have worn so it is only a matter of time until it needs to be rebuilt.


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The Tranny issue......

Well, here it is. My car is in the shop and my automatic tranny is GONE! The dealer rep said its the clutches in the tranny. I dont know much about transmissions so I guess he's right. Im limitted on my funds so getting it fixed is my only option. I DO however have an extended warrenty (aftermarket company) and its not the best in the world. I will find out either Saturday or Monday what the deal is with that.
 

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Update on my tranny issue:

Good news on the horizon? Well, I have to bring my warrenty info up to Toyota on Saturday since the Toyota Rep could not get in touch with them. He says that all he wants is to make sure that the warrenty place gives him a check....SO, I have to call up the warrenty place and tell them to send the check to Toyota ASAP or I will call the Better Business Beauro. The reason I would call the BBB is because the warrenty place told me that if I take it to Toyota, I have to pay the difference.......meaning Toyota is more expensive than, lets say....Pep Boys. I had a BAD run in with Pep Boys and I am NEVER taking my car back there. Besides, all Pep Boys would do is send my tranny to AAMACO and from what I hear, they suck too. There are only 2 other places that I can take my car to and I stopped by those places too (Hole in the wall type places.) So, thats my story
 

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The same happened with my tranny. The clutches were shot. I got it rebuilt by American Transmission and after 4 days of driving under normal power, it went out again. I just had it rebuilt AGAIN and it's holding up pretty good, smoother this time. But i've spent about 2300 so far, and not really pleased. If it were up to me to do over again I'd buy a stock used tranny and put it in. Either that, or finance an SP Tranny. Stock tranny's can be had for around 700-800. There is also Phoenix Hard Parts, who sells performance tranny's for cheap, but their track record has yet to be proven, so who knows. I'll definately be looking into their tranny's if people on the forum test them out first. :)

Also, if you have it rebuilt, make SURE they put Toyota Fluid in the tranny, and not some other shit. It DOES make a difference, trust me.

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Ok, I took my car to toyota today. Luckily for me, I have an extended aftermarket warranty. And you know what? It pays off. My tranny isnt getting rebuilt, Im getting a NEW one. Wanna know what I was told on how much just the tranny is? $6800!! Can you believe that? I almost dont. I was told (BY THE TOYOTA DEALERSHIP) that a new one was being imported from Japan? Yeah, well, for $6800, my warrenty BETTER pay up. Thats not even including the labor! Well, if for some MAJOR, ODD reason my warrenty doesnt hold true, then I guess my car is sitting in the driveway until a 6spd comes my way. I mean, if $6800 has to come out of MY butt, I might as well, right? Well, I'll have more details tomorrow and post them. If anything changes, I'll post that too.:eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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yeah, i know right? If for some reason my extended warranty refuses to replace the tranny, then the 6 spd will be what I put in instead. Im not worried about the labor of putting in the 6spd cuz I have a friend with a shop and a lot of motor head friends too. BUT, like I said, if my warranty DOES cover it, Im NOT going to deny a brand new tranny and spend $100 for the deductable. I will keep everyone posted. This is getting interesting the more I think about it. Later
 

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Update:

My warranty is sending Toyota a tranny. Now with all that said and done, what I am looking for are *ALL* the parts it would take to do the swap...auto to 6spd. I know, I know, its been posted "You might as well sell your car and buy a 6spd", BUT, I would like the list anyways. Much thanks to all who have put up with my ranting and raving over this. PEACE! :D
 
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