Nov 272019

2011 Ford Fiesta

I have a 2012 Ford Fiesta and on my way to Texas from Missouri it would not go into gears 1,3, and 5. It stopped as quickly as it started, but 5th gear would just rev the motor. There was no power to the wheels. Then there was the loudest grinding noise (sounded like rocks in the engine) in gears 1,2,3, neutral, and reverse. Fourth gear worked fine. When I returned home I was told the Synchronizer went out and caused the fluid to leak out and the gears were shot. I had the transmission replaced and before I put 50 miles on it the same exact thing happened. No 5th gear, sounds like rocks in the engine (even in neutral) and 4th gear works great. I was told I was sold a bad transmission and it needs to be replaced again. I could really use some advise!

It sounds like you had the transmission replaced with a used one. The one they took out was used also. So the transmission that is installed is only as good as the warranty that comes with it. If you have a warranty I would recommend taking it back.

I recommend Jasper Re-manufactured Transmissions if you have decided to go with replacing the transmission again. They have a great warranty that covers parts and labor. And they have warranty shops all over the US.

Apr 102018

2010 Chavy Impala

I have had no problem with my transmission then Thursday night, after stopping at a stop sign when I went to take off, it wouldn’t move I finally tried 3 no luck, went down to 2 it moved, after getting up to speed I was able to slide in back into drive, but every time I stopped I would have to drop it back down to 2, Friday morning they added fluid to it, when I left for work I had to drop it down to 1, when I tried to shift it back up to drive it wouldn’t go, can a transmission go out that quick or could it be something else?

Can a transmission go out that quick?

Short answer, Yes. Heat is the number one cause for a transmission burning up. A unit low on fluid is exposed to even more heat and would hurry the process. That being said, in most cases if the transmission is burned up the fluid color will be dark and have a burnt smell. If the fluid looks nice and clean then the odds are it is an issue with the valve body solenoids.

How to check transmission fluid color

Finally, using a white paper towel dab a little bit of fresh transmission fluid on it. This will give you something to compare the current fluid color to. No add a little bit of the cars transmission fluid next to the clean on the paper towel and compare.


Need help with pulling a 2000 Volkswagen Passat transmission!!! anyone !!

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Jul 312017

Volkswagen Passat

I have never done a Volkswagen transmission before. I have done a few R&R s on Chevy’s and Ford’s but no Volkswagen’s. So if any one can help me out with a few tips or what I need to do or don’t do I would be grateful. I have heard a couple of things that I may have to do to pull this transmission like pull the starter to get to a bolt from the starter hole. and had someone told me that you can not get to the the torque converter bolts too pull the trans. I am a little lost on this so if anyone can help me out I would be grateful… thanks   gene

Volkswagen Passat Transmission Removal

Not sure of any tips or tricks for this one myself. I will add the auto repair manual procedure for reference and post in case some others may have something to add.

Mar 032017

2000 Chevy Blazer2000 Chevy Blazer transmission, when I checked fluid level it was always hella high. 4×4 selector buttons never worked. Going down the freeway offramp I feel a slight thud and continue to light. Light turns green I go but seems like no power. Get to next light and on green, Nothing! I switch to park then back to D, D2,D1, Nothing! I put it in reverse, BOOM! I have reverse! I try drive again but nothing. I tow it home but its the same. My question is, fixable or must I replace???? thanks Joe Sison


My guess would be replace. The thud and then a boom would lead me to believe something major took place. And the outcome ain’t good.

Feb 282017

1994 Ford F150 XLTtransmission wont shift into 3rd goes into like a neutral until i slow down or shift to l1


Sounds like the transmission fluid level is low or there is internal damage. Check the fluid level first and note the color. If the level is low top it off and retest. If the fluid level is full and looks burnt or dark, this is a sign of internal clutches being burnt. Clear or clean looking fluid would indicate and internal electrical component failure.

Transmission Shift Linkage Adjustments

Shift Rod

  1. With the engine stopped, place the transmission selector lever at the steering column in the D position for the C6 or the D overdrive position for the AOD and E4OD, and hold the lever against the stop by hanging an 8 lb. weight from the lever handle.
  2. Loosen the shift rod adjusting nut at the transmission lever.
  3. Shift the manual lever at the transmission to the D position, two detents from the rear. On the F-150 with 4WD and Bronco, move the bell crank lever.
  4. With the selector lever and transmission manual lever in the D or D overdrive position, tighten the adjusting nut to 12–18 ft. lbs. (16–24 Nm). Do not allow the rod or shift lever to move while tightening the nut. Remove the weight.
  5. Check the operation of the shift linkage.

Shift Cable

  1. With the engine stopped, place the transmission selector lever at the steering column in the D position for the C6 or the D overdrive position for the AODE-W, 4R70W and E4OD.
  2. Hang a 3 lb. (1.4 kg) weight on the end of the shift lever.
  3. Pry the end of the shift cable from the transmission control lever ball stud.
  4. Unlock the adjuster body, release the lock tab on the top side of the cable by pushing down on the 2 tangs.
  5. Check to be sure the cable moves freely without binding.
  6. Move the lever on the transmission all the way rearward and then 3 detent positions forward.
  7. Holding the cable end fitting, push the cable rearward until the end fitting lines up with the manual control lever ball stud.
  8. Push up on the lock tab to lock the adjuster body in the correctly adjusted position. Be sure the locator tab is properly seated in the bracket.
  9. Make certain the shift cable is clipped to the floor pan at the white cable mark and the cable is routed into the tunnel.
  10. Adjust the shift indicator pointer while the transmission is still in the overdrive position.
  11. Remove the weight and check the control lever in all shift positions.
Feb 282017

2003 Ford F350It’s the 6.0L Powerstroke. Just replaced transmission and now the transmission thinks it’s in drive and will not shift out. Nor will it crank.


First thing would be to double check your installation. Look close at the gear selector switch. Did you use the old one off the old transmission or did you install a new one. Was it installed correctly if changed. Did the new one look the same as the old one. Could it have been installed wrong? Just a few questions to answer in order to help determine the cause of the problem.

Dec 162016

1998 Dodge DakotaWhen I put my 1998 Dodge Dakota SLT V6 3.9 Liter in reverse it does fine. But when I put in drive its sluggish. Then does OK going down the road for a bit. Then the RPM goes all way to 3 almost 4 til it gets in gear. But after awhile it drives normally. A family member that is a mechanic for 15 years said its the transmission filter and a guy at auto store said the same. My truck is automatic.


Did you try a new Transmission filter?

Look to make sure your transmission fluid level is full. If it is low, repair the leak and top off the fluid level and test. Look at the fluid color. If the color is dark and burnt smelling it may be too late. Burnt transmission fluid color is an indication of worn internal clutches. But in most all cases, replacing the transmission fluid and filter is first course of action to take. Most damage to a transmission is done from excessive heat.


The transmission oil temperature warning lamp gives an indication when the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) has detected that the automatic transmission oil is overheated. The lamp is controlled by the instrument cluster circuitry. It is based upon messages received from the PCM on the Chrysler Collision Detection (CCD) data bus. The PCM sends lamp-on messages for about two seconds. This is when the ignition switch is turned to the On position as a bulb test.

Following the bulb test, the PCM uses an input from the automatic transmission oil temperature sensor located within the transmission, along with its internal programming, to decide whether a condition exists that requires the transmission oil temperature warning lamp to be turned on. The PCM then sends the proper messages to the instrument cluster on the CCD data bus to turn the lamp on or off. When the instrument cluster receives a message to turn the transmission oil temperature warning lamp on, it also sends a chime tone request to the Central Timer Module (CTM).


Sep 142016

2006 Hyundai TiburonHi, I need some help. Just over a week ago I bought a used 2006 Tiburon A/T with 116,000km on it. It looks great and drove fine until yesterday, when suddenly it refused to shift into second gear after stopping at a traffic light. I was on a busy road and couldn’t really push the transmission to see if it would eventually shift, but the rpm definitely went to about 4,000 without shifting. It happened after shifting from N into D, and I think I took my foot off the brake a little to early – I felt the car jolting a bit forward when I shifted into D. After parking and restarting the car, it worked fine. Has anyone had a similar problem? Does this mean the transmission is toast, or is it a sensor issue, or any other ideas what it could be? The transmission fluid seems fine and I can see no leaks under the car.


You stated “After parking and restarting the car, it worked fine.” With that said, It may have just been a glitch.

As for taking your foot off the brake too early shifting from neutral to drive… This is commonly referred to as a “Neutral Drop”. This is considered Hot Rodding and is performed to try and get the tires to spin. It will cause internal damage to the transmission if repeated. Sometimes it only takes one time to cause damage.

If the transmission shifts OK now, try to refrain from placing the transmission in neutral. It may tempt you to do it again. Once the car is placed in drive there really isn’t a reason to touch the shifter until you need to place it in Park.

If the transmission no longer shifts correctly, you have damaged it internally.