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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-22-2018, 09:23 AM
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What exactly were the symptoms of your transmission failing prior to you removing it to replace the converter? Is this the stripped out converter spline issue that I have read about?

Mine has died (2004) . The fluid now has burnt smell. It had been slipping excessively 1-2 shift and now wont move in any gear.
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Trying to decide what to do with this thing.

Your symptoms don't sound like stripped splines to me. From my experience and what I've read/watched when the splines go it is sudden and you don't have any symptoms leading up to it. Just my .02

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Your symptoms don't sound like stripped splines to me. From my experience and what I've read/watched when the splines go it is sudden and you don't have any symptoms leading up to it. Just my .02
Thank you for the reply. I'm trying to get some insight as to what likely went south in the tranny and turn that info into $ so as to make an informed decision on what to do with it. We only paid $1500 for it about 6 years ago and have put 30k on it so we have gotten our money's worth. A remanufactured trans is $1700-$3500 so i am thinking better off selling it for scrap/parts vs sinking major bucks into it. I have rebuilt several engines, changed clutches, etc, but never have fooled with rebuilding an automatic transmission.
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My symptoms were sudden. Driving on the highway at 75 mph, then nothing. Like it dropped into neutral.

I thought about replacing the seals while I was there, but again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I left it. This is more of a time constraint job anyway. I’m working out of town and had to have it back together Sunday evening.
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So how is that trans swap working out?

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Just now reading through this thread... are there any other threads that discuss this problem of sudden TC failure (searching torque converter returns a lot of hits, so anything specific I should search for)? Does it apply to other years besides 2003? Only 93K miles - is it an age problem or can it happen any time? Any good way to inspect or test? TIA!
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