It slips because its clutches are not tight enough.
That's because they're either worn out or there's insufficient hydraulic
pressure. Low pressure can result from a worn out pump, fluid that's so
old that it's now like syrup or overfilled fluid that's being aerated by
Your message lacks mileage, last fluid change and when the slippage
occurs, put these facts on the table and someone may be able to help you.
Thanks TG for your swift reply.
here's the story.
Mercedes 300E 1992 auto trans 2.6 engine great condition 111,000
I drove from LA to San Fran (8 hours straight) found brownish fluid
under my car mixed in with AC condensation. Mechanic I found in a
foreign car place (done biz with before seemed honest) sez it is
coolant with a stop leak thats why it is brownish.
By the way sez he i think I'd replace those trans cooling hoses (2)I
think he said he saw a slight leak. I agree because he's the mechanic
I'm not in his biz.
He replaces two hoses at $43.00 apiece PLUS puts in ATF Fluid, Auto
Transmission, MERCON qty 0.25 (I'm reading from the bill in front of
me).and i see here he adds a non-chlorinated cleaner why...I don't
have a clue but i suspect this is not good.......quantity 0.30
I drive back from SF to LA at 70+ MPH no problem. I put on 733 miles
since i had these repairs. Yesterday the trans slips after it drove
perfectly....engine revs 1st gear only slight...this never happened
I go to my local guy who I (somewhat) trust...he puts in a sealer/slip
trans fluid...it works fine for 8 miles.. I feel slipping...then it
goes back to no slipping. Today it works fine.
My local guy sez the o-ring is leaking and the fluid he put in will
expand the ring...could be a solution or could be a big problem if this
fluid does not work. He adds...
Sorry for the long note.
If you have the patients...here what the receipt sez"remove
transmission cooling line, clean the leak area, start engine and run
trans through the gears, inspect for leaks. all good, reinstall cover.
T.G. Lambach wrote:
OK. The motor had / has a coolant leak so the transmission's cooling
hoses were replaced.
For future reference the transmission fluid is circulated to the lower
radiator tank (the cool one) to be cooled and returned to the transmission.
What about the engine's coolant leak? No mention of it being fixed.
Anyway, IMHO the first thing YOU should do is check the transmission
fluid. That's done after some driving, say 5 + miles, engine idling
transmission in Park and the car parked on a level site. The correct
level is BETWEEN the two notches on the transmission dip stick. Over
fill is as bad as under fill, should be BETWEEN.
That said, you should know that when the motor is cold the
transmission's first shifts are deliberately delayed to keep the motor
at high rpm; that's done to quickly heat up the exhaust catalysts. So
don't confuse this design feature with transmission slippage.
At 111K miles this transmission should be as smooth as a silk stocking.
If you are in doubt, have the fluid changed, including draining the
torque converter and changing the filter. Then leave it alone.
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