My 96 K1500 Tahoe started having problems with the transmission
tonight, or last night as it were. I was on my way home from about
15-20 miles away and on pretty much all interstate driving. I had the
shifter set to OD. First, it would only shift up through 3rd, not hit
the final gear, so I was stuck at pretty low speeds, as far as
interstate driving is concerned. I pulled of onto smaller, in-town
roads about this time. After stopping at a light, it would no longer
shift up to 3rd. Only 1st and 2nd. The closer I got to home, it just
kept degrading, until 2nd stopped working, and then nearly 1st stopped
working. Almost as if the clutch were half-way engaged, medium to high
revs, not much speed. Pulled quite a bit when coming to stops also. I
got it limped home now, but am afraid to drive it.
I was hoping when I bought it with about 84,000 miles that I would
have either missed the transmission going out, or that I would miss it
altogether. Unfortunately, it seems to have struck around 101,530
miles. Is this the common symptons of these transmissions going out?
or is it something else entirely that is relatively easy and
inexpensive to fix? I never heard any kind of odd noises the entire
time it was degrading or beforehand. I just seemed to gradually stop
Aside from the questions above, does it sound like this is going to be
something where I need a new transmission? or that it can be repaired?
If replaced, would an aftermarket tranny be a better bet than say one
scrounged from a junk yard or refurb/rebuilt?
Any insight would be appreciated. THanks
-Good thing I have a 2nd car to get me to work...