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01-08-2019 11:51 PM
codyj That is interesting. I know the TC sucks in some fluid as do the cooler and cooler lines which is why you need to read it while the engine is running. But mine was definitely going down some how and I don't think I'll solve that mystery.

The only issue I have now, is after driving awhile on the highway, maybe 15 minutes or so, I can kind of feel the TC loose lock-up for a split second. Especially if there is a slight incline. Feels like driving over a small ice patch. So yeah, seems like end of the road for the tranny. Fortunately, gears 1-3 seem okay. I tried driving in the '3' gear setting and didn't like it. Upon coming to a stop there is a hard downshift so I said nope to doing that.

Just going to continue to baby it until it blows its guts while I save up for a new one.
01-04-2019 05:36 PM
EagleScreen It is very very difficult to read well the dipstick when you have recently added ATF+4 fluid. And may be torque converter or pan to swallow some fluid after some usage.
In my experience, I had to add a few times more ATF+4 in my Chrysler Neon after a trans service until it definitively kept in the max level mark. I was experiencing some issues and then the issues disappeared.
A right dipstick read must be done with the car already hot (30 minutes or more of usage), with engine started, with shifter in P, and with all gears including R (reverse) used just a moment ago.
01-01-2019 11:04 PM
codyj
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$1295 is a bargain if it's a decent rebuild. Most local shops are going to be well over $2k!



What are you waiting for? Looks to be a $400 Core deposit.
Yeah, seems like a good deal just don't have the cash yet.
01-01-2019 08:26 PM
Ronbo
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Anyone have experience with these guys?
https://spprecision.com/products/42l...sion-sale.html

Or:
https://www.certifiedtransmission.co...factured/42LE/

I don't think I'm going to have anyone rebuild my transmission since rebuilds are only as good as the person doing it. Besides, cheapest quote I got for a rebuild was $900 + labor to remove and re-install. A few more Benjamins and I get a reman with a 3 year, 100K warranty. I'm surely not going to take a chance on a junkyard tranny. Either they have high mileage and are worn out or they've been sitting for 15+ years.

I'd only consider this since my motor is in good shape, minus a few leaky seals. But I could rebuild that myself with help from a machine shop if I had to.
$1295 is a bargain if it's a decent rebuild. Most local shops are going to be well over $2k!



What are you waiting for? Looks to be a $400 Core deposit.
01-01-2019 06:06 PM
Ronbo From the 1st gen forum stickie at the top:

Chrysler 2000-2004 A606(42LE) Transmission - Various prices
The newer A606s have much better parts then the stock 1st generation trans. For it to work, you have to make some minor modifcations. This includes, but not limited to, changing over the range sensor wiring and dremeling the new drive plate so that the 4th bolt hole matches up. They can be found on 00-04 Intrepids, concordes, LHSes, and 300Ms. Get a transmission from a 2nd gen 2.7L, and you will also get the 3.89 gears as an added bonus!
01-01-2019 06:03 PM
Ronbo I believe there's some type of mods involved putting a 2nd gen transmission in a 1st gen car. I think a hole has to be drilled somewhere and the wiring needs to be spliced. There was a write up a long time ago on here about ding that. Might want to do a search.
12-31-2018 09:56 AM
codyj I found a tranny from a 2000 Intrepid 2.7L for $250, only 17K miles.
Hope it has the harness.

Should I worry about the seals rotting out for sitting that long?
What should I expect labor-wise to R&R a transmission with the modifications needed?
12-27-2018 08:19 PM
codyj Anyone have experience with these guys?
https://spprecision.com/products/42l...sion-sale.html

Or:
https://www.certifiedtransmission.co...factured/42LE/

I don't think I'm going to have anyone rebuild my transmission since rebuilds are only as good as the person doing it. Besides, cheapest quote I got for a rebuild was $900 + labor to remove and re-install. A few more Benjamins and I get a reman with a 3 year, 100K warranty. I'm surely not going to take a chance on a junkyard tranny. Either they have high mileage and are worn out or they've been sitting for 15+ years.

I'd only consider this since my motor is in good shape, minus a few leaky seals. But I could rebuild that myself with help from a machine shop if I had to.
12-26-2018 11:46 PM
Ronbo Carry on.
12-26-2018 11:39 PM
codyj
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Are you saving for a Rebuild or Replacement transmission? Just sayin' !
Yep, it's only a matter of time. Fortunately, the friction discs seem to be okay, never had any slipping... yet.
12-26-2018 11:33 PM
Ronbo Are you saving for a Rebuild or Replacement transmission? Just sayin' !
12-26-2018 09:34 PM
codyj Figured I had nothing to lose so I threw in a bottle of Lucas after pumping a quart of fluid out. It's been a few days, but the fluid level is remaining constant and I do not have any more delayed gears in the morning. I still don't know where that fluid disappeared to. Best guess is it was leaking out when driving and leaving no trace.

I'm guessing the L/R piston seal is bad and wasn't sealing until the fluid warmed up a bit to soften it. I'm also willing to bet there was Lucas in there before I changed my fluid and filter. My dad was the type to throw that kinda stuff in the car.
12-21-2018 12:52 PM
codyj Yeah I was going to check the differential fluid next. I changed it about a month before my transmission oil/filter.

The only thing I can think of is it leaks only when moving. Figured I'd see at least some evidence on the ground after parking over night with that much disappearing.

Local tranny shop may have better luck. May take it to them tomorrow.
12-21-2018 02:21 AM
peva That is strange. Seems like leak into rad is only possibility, though you don’t see evidence of that.

I don’t recall if it’s possible to leak from trans directly into diff. (they are two separate compartments and fluid types), but eventually you’d get overflow from diff. air vent. Maybe check diff. grease level for over full (remove fill-level plug) and if ATF-grease mixing.
12-20-2018 05:13 PM
codyj I've definitely got a leak some where. Losing about 1/2 quart per week and I don't see a drop below the car other than engine oil from my cam seal. I sat for about 5 minutes after a long drive looking under the car, not a drop. It's really weird.
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