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The Magic Mechanic | Transmission | Orlando Mechanic - Part 2

Category Archive: Transmission

Transmission spiking in GMC Acadia

Car Information:
GMC Acadia
Year: 2007
Engine Size: v6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
While driving between 40 to 70 or 75 the engine sounds like it went into neutral for a split second, the rpm will spike to 3000 sometimes it will do a double event and jump to about 4000, all in about 1 1/2 or 2 seconds. Dealer says it’s just the way it is calibrated to get efficient gas mileage.

This can happen on level highway and not while depressing the accelerator.

Answer:
Don’t want to argue with your dealer but how would an engine racing at 4000 RPM help with fuel economy? Sounds like the transmission is intermittently starving for fluid and slipping, I would check the fluid level. If full, I would drop the pan and see if there’s a leak between the filter and pump.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

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Mazda 626 potential transmission problem

Car Information:
Mazda 626
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 4 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Transmission starts to leak after driving for approx. 30 minutes, but does not leak when cool. Looking to purchase this car, but unsure how expensive this problem (could) be.

Answer:
Best advice I can give you is explain to the seller you must have the vehicle checked and evaluated by Magic Mechanic so you know what your getting into before you buy the car. This shouldn’t be a problem considering a transmission replacement may be as much as he’s asking for the car! In many cases a transmission cooler line will swell internally and reduce fluid flow through the cooler and cause the transmission fluid to overheat and boil and escape out the overflow. It looks like a major problem but sometimes can be fixed for less the a hundred bucks! A pre purchase inspection is $84.50 and that will include the leak diagnosis.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Dodge Dakota transmission is shifting late

Car Information:
Dodge Dakota
Year: 2004
Engine Size: 4.7
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The truck’s transmission is shifting late when hot. This is an intermittent problem but happen most of the time when hot and after restart. I replaced throttle position sensor and motor valve, no improvement.

Answer:
Your throttle may be sticking open! This could be dangerous give us a call 407-629-2661 and we will have you drop by so we can take a quick look at it!

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Missed Transmission service causing problems

Car Information:
Ford Super Crew
Year: 2004
Engine Size: 5.4L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I missed a transmission service @ 90k miles and started experiencing chugging between gears at 1500 rpm at 45 mph. At about 125k miles I got the super duper transmission service and the chugging is still there. Is there a way to tell if I need a new transmission or could it be something else? Please let me know.
Thanks

Answer:
What your describing is the transmission is going into 4th gear or torque converter lock up at too low of an RPM causing a chugging sensation! Alright if this is the case 4R70-W transmission I would scan the computer system first to make sure the vehicle speed sensor, the data being sent to the computer is correct, and if there are no codes I would be inclined to reprogram your computer if necessary, shift later by 5 to 7 miles an hour. I can check there might be an update on this if not we can program a different tire size to change the shift pattern, bottom line is if its a shift timing problem we should be able to save the transmission however if its slipping already it may be to late to save it, a test drive will let us know what to do. Let us know if we can help.

Update:
Owner: I bought larger tires at about 90k miles. I was told they are 2” larger diameter than the stock tires. I don’t know that I would say its slipping because when I accelerate and go through the gears at over 2000 rpm there is no chugging. Please let me know how long you think it would take it would take to evaluate the computer/sensor and adjust if that is what it needs and I will schedule accordingly.

Larry: 2 inches taller of a tire is like going from a 3.75 gear ratio to around a 3.50 gear ratio this can make a huge difference especially if the computer has not been re calibrated for the tire size difference, our NGS system can reprogram your computer to make adjustments based on your current tire size, I suggest doing this before anything else, give us a call and my guys will let you know the best time to bring it in<.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Dodge Ram transmission is slipping

Car Information:
Dodge Ram 1500
Year: 2007
Engine Size: 5.7 HEMI
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The transmission seems to surge when warming up between 30 and 50 mph. Also it feels as if the transmission is slipping when I accelerate and merge into traffic.

Answer:
There is a couple reprograms that may help with this but I would know whether it would be worth while or not until I drove the truck. Let us know if you want to bring it by for a test drive then I can advise you what you should do next.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

White Smoke from Transmission

Car Information:
Mercedes Benz
Year: 1995
Engine Size: 2.8
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:

I had asked you earlier about a miss in revere, now I noticed white smoke coming from the transmission! Is this someting that can be fixed and what would be the estimate for this job in your store. Thanks.

Answer:
If you see white smoke around the transmission area it may be oil or fluid leak getting on the exhaust system and burning. If you would like we can add some dye to the system and check and find the leak then we can give you an estimate. We really can’t give you one on this until we see what were dealing with. Let us know if you want to get it in for us to check.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Transmission fluid leaks

Car Information:
Ford F150 4×4
Year: 2008
Engine Size: 5.4
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Transmission fluid leaks in “steady stream” from the front bell housing…help!

Answer:
Has the leaked stopped after it cooled down? Seen this happen when factory fluid gets severely overheated!

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Transmission service needed for Ford Ranger

Car Information:
Ford Ranger
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 3.0 v6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I have a Ranger with 265k miles on it. I bought it with 150k Miles on it. I don’t know if the Tranny Fluid was ever changed,so I have never done it. I was told that the tranny tarnishes the parts. Adding new fluid takes the tarnish away, which gives you more trouble. Now with 265k miles on it what do I Do?

Answer:

If you don’t do anything we both know what will eventually happen don’t we?

Lets service it, change the filter, pan gasket and fluid, if its shifting ok now it will after the service as well!

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Bad Transmission on Ford

Car Information:
Ford Freestyle
Year: 2006
Engine Size: 6 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My check engine light and wrench light stayed on after starting the car. But if the car was turned off and restarted they went away. I drove the car that way for a month. Then the car did not move in drive, but when warmed up I was able to move it out of the drive. I took the car in and was told the transmission was shot and needed a new one. I spent $5600.00 for a transmission. Brought the car home and the next day the lights were back on. Now I question if I ever received a new transmission. I was forced to pay cash as he would not accept personal checks and he charged 2% more for credit cards. I took the car back and he said he took it to the Ford dealer and he forgot to change a sensor or something after replacing the transmission. Brought it home and again the lights are on. He said he took it back to Ford and there is nothing wrong. He said the lights were off. So went to pick it up after work. Lights are on. This has been going on for over three weeks. I don’t want to drive my car with lights on and I think he should have to fix my car. Because to me these lights were part of the problem and $5600 hundred dollars later. I feel I have the same issue. This shop was recommended by someone who had there transmission fixed there. Please help. I don’t know what to do.

Answer:

I’m sorry to hear this but unfortunately I hear it everyday! You are right you might have not needed a transmission. And if you did you paid almost twice as much as what we could have done the job for! I suggest if you don’t have any luck you tell this Thief your dealing with your taking the car to Magic Mechanic in Orlando to see exactly what has been done to your car and what is still needed and to retain me Larry Perry as an expert for any potential litigation concerning this repair! And yes you have my permission to use my name concerning this matter.

I also think I will read this e-mail during the open of my radio show Saturday so other consumers can see just how easy it is to be taken by a transmission shop!

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 

Used Car Inspection

Car Information:
Mazda 626
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 4 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Looking to purchase this car, but; unsure how expensive this problem could be. The transmission starts to leak after driving for approx. 30 minutes, but does not leak when cool.

Answer:

Best advice I can give you is explain to the seller you must have the vehicle checked and evaluated by Magic Mechanic so you know what you’re getting into before you buy the car. This shouldn’t be a problem considering a transmission replacement may be as much as he’s asking for the car! In many cases a transmission cooler line will swell internally and reduce fluid flow through the cooler and cause the transmission fluid to overheat and boil and escape out the overflow. It looks like a major problem but sometimes can be fixed for less the a hundred bucks! A pre purchase inspection is $84.50 and that will include the leak diagnosis.

For professional Orlando Auto Repair you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

 


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