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About a month ago, I started my car up as normal and was headed for the airport. I had driven about 3 miles when I pulled up to a junction. As I went to pull away, the car didn't want to go very fast at all and the engine revs were getting higher and higher. Once I got to about 15-20mph it changed into 2nd and the car returned to normal. Got to the next junction and the same happened again. The car pulled away very slowly and the revs just got higher and higher.

I decided to pull over and I turned the engine off, then on, went through the grears on the shifter and still there was no real pull in 1st. I couldn't try reverse because of where I was. I decided to keep going. I found that by accelerating harder, wasn't a good thing as the revs got to the redline very quickly and without any noticable speed gain. It was like the feeling you get when a clutch is slipping on a manual.

After a few miles of driving OK in the higher gears, it started to work in 1st again, and then after a few miles more, it didn't. Once I was on the dual highway, driving constantly in 3rd and 4th for many miles, 1st gear has returned.

Couple of weeks later and it's appeared again. This time just every now and then. And this week it's come back with a vengence.

All Friday evening it was doing it, and I had no pulling power until it engaged 3rd. Saturday afternoon it did it, but today it hasn't done it one. It works fine in reverse.

I'm guessing it's the torque converter. Am I right? Who would be the best people to take it to, and how much should I look at paying?

Thanks,

Toby
 

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Toby,

Are you saying that when you engage 'D' on the box, and hit the accelerator, it won't pull properly, instead just revs the engine?

Does it do the same if you manually engage '1' and pull off ?

If so, then I suspect it's your clutch pack that's failed... which necessitates an auto gearbox rebuild and will cost circa 1300 pounds including VAT i'm afraid.
 

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Try an auto specialist or one of these tranny exchange places....may get a replacement for around £600 with six month guarantee or try Neobros/two Stroke....they may have second hand box with limited warranty. Mark is right, you need a rebuild!
 

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Originally posted by mutungi:
[qb]Mark is right, you need a rebuild! [/qb][/b]
DCA (in Reading) estimated a cost of well less than £1300 for me. Although I was just discussing rebuilds generally, rather than getting quoting for one, since my box doesn't need rebuilding (yet ).

Worth giving them a ring?
 

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Hi,

By clutch pack, I mean 'clutch pack' different bit from torque convertor (which is prolly also fried?)

Pull out the transmission oil dipstick and give it a sniff.. is it nasty and burned smelling? Is the fluid brown, not nice and pink ? - Also indications.

I had similar symptoms as you, re It would pull off in 1, but not in D. My box was diagnosed as a failed clutch pack, fried torque convertor and a couple of failed bearings.

I had the box refurbished and rebuilt at a reputable transmission specialist AND 1st gear strengthened.. this included all the components that could be reused going into a solvent bath etc.and included the box being removed and refitted plus all the parts and fluid etc. My price was 1300 pounds inclusive of 19% VAT and includes a 12month warranty.

I also investigated having a fully reburbished box supplied by two stroke to turbo, shipped to NL (which was 80quid) the old one removed, the new one fitted.. that would have cost 1450 pounds all inclusive.

If I wanted to get a second hand box with nearly no warranty from two stroke to turbo it would cost around 500 pounds all inclusive... circa 300 of that was the box it's self.

You pay your money you take your choice. I was warned not to choose the refurbished box from TSTT from some people due to variations in quality.
 

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I have two problems with having the gearbox rebuilt.

1. I don't have £1300 to have it rebulit

2. The car is only worth £1700 max to resell with gearbox in OK condition (plus timing/balance chains need doing).

What would you do.

Sell the car as is? Put a 2nd hand box in and sell/keep?

HELP
 

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Try BK Transmissions, Overton, near Basingstoke 07798 842921, 01256 771577.

They did my 'box a little while ago, and were much cheaper than other (close & bigger) places that I asked. They've done several 'boxes for my local garage, no complaints so far.
 

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To be honest, if the chains etc need doing too.. I would put a 2nd hand box in and sell.

It really depends on the general condition of the car and how much work you've already done.

My 9000's general condition is excellent, bodywork is more or less perfect, no rust, the interior more or less mark free, the leather looks new etc... I'd already fitted a new exhaust, new dumpvalve, new wastegate actuator, new brake discs and pads, new tyres, new bushes, new dampers, new springs when I decided that the chain rattle was probably terminal.. but better the devil you know.. so I did the chains and pullys etc and at the same time did the head gasket.. plus some other stuff.

By this time I've spent way more than the car is worth... but because all the stuff was now down.. and it was more or less a new car by this time, when the box went.. it would have been silly to chop it all in for the sake of 1300quid.

i.e. I figure i've fixed everything.

But in your situation, it's probably not a good idea to follow me down that road... get out before it's too late
 

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Toby,

Just before you take the plunge with another car, try 'phoning Trevor King, King Automatics, The Chalk Pit, College Road, Epsom (01372 728769). This guy is highly rated by the Honest John column in the Daily Telegraph, and he's apparently got a reputation for accurately analysing autobox faults. Honest John reckons this guy is often able to rebuild at a good price.

HTH
 
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