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Old 10-12-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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2000 SL1
Default Used transmission installed, but shift pattern is wrong.

this transmission is guaranteed, and I'm trying to decide whether I'll have to take it out and send it back, or fix it. It starts and runs smoothly shifting without any roughness right up into overdrive. But then within a mile or two it seems to go into neutral or free wheeling, and (usually) won't go back into gear unless I stop (or at least slow way down). Then I can continue to drive it, but it will not shift up. It seems stuck in first, or second (4000 RPM at 30 MPH). If I let it set for 10 minutes it will go through the same sequence - starting out and shifting just fine, but then freewheeling, and locking me back to that 30 MPH-4000 RPM limit.

No strange noises, and the shifts are smooth when it does shift. New transmission fluid, and spin-on filter.

I thought that the shift solenoids might be at fault. Checked them, and all five seemed low resistance (less than 4 ohms). I've been struggling with this for awhile, so I had a set of them that checked out at about 5.1 ohms, and swapped them out, but it didn't seem to change anything.

Looks like it takes a major tear-down to change the internal filter. could that be the problem? or is their likely to be a better or simpler solution? It's a cute car with new tires, and upholstery But I'm spending way to much time and money on it.


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