I was driving home after an oil change and my car started making a strange
whining noise and it was like it lost all power. I pulled to the side of
the road thinking maybe they forgot to put oil back in. But it was
filled. Now I had been noticing early in the mornings that my car was
having a hard time picking up speed when exiting onto the freeway. Do I
need a new transmission or a new torque converter?
It's very hard to tell without having been there in first person to see
it. It could by anything from a bad computer to a clogged air filter.
All sorts of things can cause running problems that you described. The
cars computer controls the transmission so there's a good chance it's
not the transmission at all.
Somehow if you can replicate the problem while a mechanic is watching
than you'd be in luck. There's all sorts of things that the real
mechanics who know their stuff can do. My experience tells me that
there won't be any engine codes unless you've seen the check engine
light - light up at least once. Don't go to Firestone to check the
codes. They charge $100 USD which is a rip off.
The best advice I can give you is either have a close friend who knows
his stuff look at it and/or take it to a mechanic that is not the rip
off dealership. Always get a second opinion before having some major
expensive repair done.
Sometimes something as simple as a bad electrical connection or a $5
sensor can cause running problems. It can even bee a clogged air or
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