I have a 98 Tahoe, 2WD, automatic transmission, 145,000 miles. I live
in the hill country west of Austin, Texas.
When I am going up some of the steeper inclines, the truck does not
downshift from overdrive, and it begins to shake and jerk. I used to be
able to manually downshift to 3rd and the truck would then pull the
incline ok, but not anymore.
My mechanic describes it as shuddering under load and has determined
that the number 4 cylinder misses under load, but not under normal
driving conditions. He doesnt know what to do.
sounds like transmission slippage to me.... Pull the dipstick for the trans,
and smell it. If it smells like sewerage, it is burnt trans fluid, which
means the clutch packs in the trans are probably slipping enough to get
really hot. Number 4 cyl misfiring would not cause this particular problem,
by the way...
Thanks all for the replies!
This problem began a year ago. I immediately took the Tahoe to the
trans shop, and they said yep, needs to have trans rebuilt, so thats
what we did.
Within six months the problem was back so I went back to the trans shop.
They said there was some adjustment problem with the pressure plate,
so they fixed that.
Within three months the problem was back. This time I changed my
driving routes to avoid steep inclines and learned to manually downshift
at the appropriate time. After about three months of this, the Tahoe
would shudder even when I manually downshifted.
So, back to the trans shop. The trans fluid is full and red. The trans
guys said couldnt see a trans problem this time, but suspected an engine
problem. When I first took the car to my general mechanic, he said he
would look it over. After a couple of days, he agreed it wasnt a trans
problem and said he had a check engine light and codes saying it was a
misfire. Then after a couple of more days, he said since it didnt
misfire when not under load, he didnt know what to do about it.
First time anyone has mentioned clutch packs. I'll check into this.
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