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Old 06-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #1
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Okay experts I would like some confirmation. 96 SW1, I rebuilt the trans for diff pin damage and initially it works fine. Now a couple of weeks later it shifts fine for about 10 minutes then the next time up it won't shift into 3rd. Pull over and restart engine and it shifts okay. (I don't know how long a restart is good for since it's my wife's car.) The SES light is producing code that 3rd and 4th ratios are bad. First call to the dealer response was reprogam and diagnois at $85 min. When called to set an appointment, they now say it's not a programing issue and the learning curve is just to smooth out the shifts. He's telling me it's probably something to do with the valve body such as the solenoids. If I bring it in they will do pressure tests etc, meaning they will do a battery of tests.
Is going to the dealer my only choice or are these symptoms typical of a bad solenoid, which I can change? It does pause going into reverse but it had done that before.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:08 PM   #2
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Oh great! I have a stumper. At least I got back on page one.

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Old 06-11-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
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Default Re: Automatic transmission issues

The experts are all on vacation ect.
Have you tried the SLAM CURE treatment ,put seafoam trans tune into fluid 1/2 of the can will do ,then put in reverse ,run at idle for thirty minutes,backed up to a wall ,or with parking brake applied.

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Old 06-12-2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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Thanks, I might have disturbed some deposits. I'm also thinking of changing out the solenoids. I drove it to work today. It's strange after the second restart, it was working fine, upshifts and downshifts. Before the restart it just would not go into high. We always would get about 5 shift points. Does the the converter lock up in 3rd and 4th? Previously it usually would do 2 downshifts and immediately put on back. I just thought it was converter locking.

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The converter locks up between 2nd,and third on Saturn T A A T .
If problem continues ,just change out the valvebody ,you probably have problems brewing inside the unit ,pressure relief,or priority valves ect.

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Thanks Dr.B. Ever since we bought it, I've been trying to count the shifts and got 5 to 6. Some are so slight, they are hard to notice, but I figured it was a lockup.
I'll try some of the Seafoam and the cleanout process before I start swapping out parts.

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