The Customer who's Saturn I just did a engine swap on called me
yesterday. The Engine runs fine, but now the transmission is having an
The customer purchased this car with a bad engine. Every thing other
then the engine was supposed to be alright. When I swaped engines I did not
take the torque converter out, nor did I need to pull the radiator (enough
room with it in), so I did not need to disconnect the transmission cooler
Once running, I checked the transmission fluid after cycling the shifter
thru the gear ranges. Then I let the car idle for 45 minutes (15 with the
A/C on to test for over heating), then checked the transmission fluid level
When the customer came to pick the car up, I had not had a chance to
road test, and informed them of that. Yet when I moved the car around my
shop revserse and drive gears engaged correctly. Although I did not move
faster then idle (as not to kick stones up on the car).
When the customer called me, they told me the transmission is: Reving
up, clunking, then engauging Reverse. I checked with a transmission tech I
know who was a bit stumped. He suggested trying to drive it, and recheck
transmission fluid levels, and to change the fluid and externial filter.
I kind of feel bad for the customer as they just spent $755 parts &
labor on this engine swap. I would hope I could adviod the extra charges
for them of me having to swapout transmissions.
Specs: 1993 SL2 1.9 Twin Cam, automatic with perfromance mode (shift
selector only goes to 2nd like on 94 to 97 F-bodies)