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Old 02-11-2020, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Transmission repairs

Hi,
I purchased a 400 dollar sc2 a few months ago, automatic, would barely move under its own power. I recently torqued the input nut and got that out of the way. Didn't seem too loose but did turn a bit until the torque value was reached.
Next is a new valve body with the sonnax upgrades.
I pulled the old filter while draining the oil and was horrified to see small metal particles suspended in the oil. BTW there was no magnet under the filter.
Is this the kiss of death? Otherwise so far things looked clean inside.
Still hoping for a 5 speed to swap in its place but this is it for now.
Thoughts? Car had barely had any movement forward or reverse gear before I started tearing into it

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Old 02-11-2020, 04:00 PM   #2
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Junkyard tranny - out of a matching car with a connecting rod stuck through the engine block.... That way it's a high probability that the transmission worked at the car's demise.

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Old 02-11-2020, 07:12 PM   #3
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Yes but will this trans still work?

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Old 02-11-2020, 08:15 PM   #4
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Dunno.

My crystal ball broke..


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Old 02-12-2020, 02:49 AM   #5
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They didn't work from the factory. I used to have dealer documentation to prove it from a '97 SW2 that got a rebuilt unit at 22k miles and when I got the car at 114k miles...it needed ANOTHER MP7 (only about 90k on it this time)!
Screw that, throw a manual trans in it and be done with problems.

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The proper way to fix a S-Series automatic is to replace it with a 5spd O:)

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Old 02-12-2020, 06:45 AM   #6
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Yes probably true. Working on finding a donar car.

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Old 02-12-2020, 02:04 PM   #7
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The bulk of my 20 + vehicles have been automatics, and only with the Saturn S's did I need to change fluid every 30K miles.

However; that being said: Look, not everyone of us wants to clutch their way through bumper to bumper traffic. It gets weary.

My daughter has a Nissan Versa Note hatchback automatic trans, gets 44 mpg consistently, her hubby has a Nissan Versa Sedan with a 5 speed, he gets about 35 mpg.

If you like clutching, go ahead.
If you don't miss clutching, go ahead.

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Old 02-12-2020, 06:06 PM   #8
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The bulk of my 20 + vehicles have been automatics, and only with the Saturn S's did I need to change fluid every 30K miles.

However; that being said: Look, not everyone of us wants to clutch their way through bumper to bumper traffic. It gets weary.

My daughter has a Nissan Versa Note hatchback automatic trans, gets 44 mpg consistently, her hubby has a Nissan Versa Sedan with a 5 speed, he gets about 35 mpg.

If you like clutching, go ahead.
If you don't miss clutching, go ahead.
I have both...

It occasionally gets confusing - stomping on the brake to shift.....

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It was worse going from.Harley to Norton or Triumph....

HD had left foot shifting - Norton and Triumph had right foot.... Except the 77 Triumph - that was on the left......


All time worst - the 68 Triumph chopper I built.

Left hand throttle (that worked backwards) - left hand front brake. Right hand tank mount shifter - right foot.clutch - left foot rear brake.....

You got used to it after a while...

Bonus - thieves couldn't ride it....

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Old 02-12-2020, 10:00 PM   #9
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"Bonus - thieves couldn't ride it...."

That's pretty much why, in addition to a car alarm (and the fact that there are more enticing theft targets out there) the "passive theft deterrent system" in my SW2 IS the manual tranny lol.

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