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Old 09-07-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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No first gear...

98 4.0 Auto, Starting out in second gear.
Going to change fluid and filter. Any other things I should be looking for ?

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Old 09-07-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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I've had this problem as well. If I was in traffic I'd just bump it down into first myself. I got it flushed and got new filter and gaskget. Took another day after that but I've been fine since.

That was about a month ago and caused by a little swamp action haha. Good luck.

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Old 09-07-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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I would highly recommend flushing the torque converter also. Have you been in any floorboard deep water?
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:22 AM   #4
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I have and am now in need of another tranny flush. Weird noise coming from down there. Though maybe my TC. I'll get her flushed too.
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Is it a whining noise?? I hope not
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:26 AM   #6
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Yes. Sounds awful. When I let off the throttle it goes away then right back when I get back on it.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:31 AM   #7
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I think. . . . . . Its the friction plates deteriorating from being overheated or from water getting in. When they deteriorate, it turns into a thicker muddy consistency and stops up the filter, starving the pump, causing the whine
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:34 AM   #8
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Can a flush fix that? Doesn't sound too simple but It's been doing our for jusy about a week now.
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If that's what it is, then no, it needs to be rebuilt. . Just hope I'm wrong
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
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My whole transmission needs to be rebuilt??
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I hope not, but all your info points in that direction
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #12
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Damn.... How much does it cost to get a tranny rebuilt?
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #13
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Damn.... How much does it cost to get a tranny rebuilt?
Most shops say between $500 and $1500 for an auto

My manual cost me $2500
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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I bought one with 39k miles on it last year out of an 02 with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty for $1129 shipped to my door. I swapped it myself. Mine started making the whining noise for a couple weeks and did not want to downshift and then one morning it quit pulling. Gearheadtrans.com
I wouldn't drive it too far away from home, if I were you
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The vent for the 32rh tranny is behind and above the torque converter, meaning knee deep water is all it takes to get in. There is a way to relocate the vent with a hose up higher
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Most shops say between $500 and $1500 for an auto

My manual cost me $2500
I couldn't just replace my torque converter?
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I couldn't just replace my torque converter?
Not when its a gear going out. The clutch packs in the auto are real sensitive when it comes to water
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Hmm. And if I continue to drive for two more weeks?
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Hmm. And if I continue to drive for two more weeks?
Your problem will get worse and worse and you might lose more gears
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Is the fluid pink? Water in the fluid breaks down the bond that holds the friction material to the clutch plates and bands. #7 already nailed it... the friction material comes loose, ends up in the pan and clogs the filter, starving the pump. If this is the case, you're not too far from having a lot of extra "Neutrals" and the only options are to rebuild or replace.
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Is the fluid pink? Water in the fluid breaks down the bond that holds the friction material to the clutch plates and bands. #7 already nailed it... the friction material comes loose, ends up in the pan and clogs the filter, starving the pump. If this is the case, you're not too far from having a lot of extra "Neutrals" and the only options are to rebuild or replace.
Yes........ But even last time I flushed it there was some pink on the dip stick. But after was fine for almost 2 months. I live in sorry Mississippi and after hurricane Isacc the roads were flooded and that's when it got moisture again. Could insurance cover that......?
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Insurance generally covers flood damage if you have comprehensive. I usually get several water contamination jobs after hurricanes, tropical storms, or flooding like what we had over here in June.

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