I'm trying to figure out if my 95' suburban is
(243,000 miles (not individually fuel injected)
This is in Massachusetts)
One very cold evening a couple of weeks ago, it
refused to start - good electricity, headlights,
the engine turned fine, but refused
to catch. About an hour later, it did start, but
would only run as long as I kept my foot on the
gas - it would die if I tried to idle.
Driving off, I had very low power, and the engine
revs were very high - almost like I was stuck in
too low a gear. After about 15 miles, suddenly
I had full power, and drove the rest of the way
home without a problem.
I've had similar erratic problems since then; it
is clearly temperature related. My first
thought was an electrical problem, with one of the
cylinders failing to fire. Replacing the
spark plugs and cables did not fix it.
My garage now claims I have transmission problems;
they say that the system is sticking in low gear.
(of course, this is only after charging me for the
Fixing the tranny runs into major bucks, and I'm
trying to decide if it's now time to call it a
day. Does the garages' diagnosis sound plausible?
Are they just looking to rip me off? They are
quoting $3500 to replace the tranny, if it comes
I'd been kind of planning to get a different car
this summer anyway, so spending more than around
$1000 to fix it is probably not on the cards.
Any ideas or advice are welcome.
It is quite reasonable to believe that the tranny might in some way be
involved, espeicially if it didn't receive good, regular maintenance. 243k
miles is a lot for your tranny, after all.
It sounds to me that the most important thing you need to get is a second
opinion by someone actually looking at the vehicle. Try another private
garage or the dealer.
Cheers - Jonathan
================ANY..ideas or advice ..?????
Walk or suffer through the symptoms untill
you can get the "different" car.
that tranny's gonna cost more than a grand to rebuild...
close to a grand, and a lot of aggrevation to put in a used one......
you still got that "it don't wanna run sometimes" problem.
which AIN'T THE TRANNY.....so...there yee go...
you're well out of that $1000 limit of yern.
~is full of advice and ideas~
that was a lot of wasted hyperspace.......
see the OP...
spending over $1000 is NOT likely to be an option.
though well intended.....yer reply was not inline with
what he's wanting.
~sips his coffeeee.....mmm....needs more crown~
Why? You using your cellphone for a connection and paying by the byte? ;)
Wasted space? Really? I posted everything he can snag a trans from because
lots of times I buy the whole truck for what I want and sell the rest.
1. I did mention it really sounds like a TPS problem for $21 it's worth a
2. I'm sorry your not familar with the system I use. Those prices are retail
dealer and not the junk yard prices.
And before some of you knock the junk yards most know that there are some
good deals and finds there if you know what your looking for. His trans
about $550 used and I'd crack it open and look for one with a new harness
and the updates.
I think you mis-interpreted how others would fix the problem.
Peter Trei wrote:
Notice the above? This was before it was even put into gear....... Ahemmmmm
Again nobody is 100% sure it's the trans and as far as I'm concerned I saw
"electrical work" mentioned but it did not say what was done. Did the tech
own a scanner with a trans module?
How does he know it's not a shift solenoid or a modulator?
243K with regular sevice does not mean the whole unit is dead.
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