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Unread 04-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Help! Transmission is dicked!

I drive a 4cyl 3 speed automatic And I just had it stuck got out, and my transmission starts in 3rd from a dead stop and won't shift unless I floor it or shift manually HELP!

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Unread 04-15-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Did you drive through deep water or deep muddy water? It kinda sounds like one or the other got inside your 30RH auto transmission... which has to be flushed out with fresh ATF+3 asap since water dissolves the glue that holds various clutch disks in place.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #3
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And I just had it stuck got out,
I'm only assuming that is what he is trying to say here but without more grammer, we may never know.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
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I'm only assuming that is what he is trying to say here but without more grammer, we may never know.
Or he just got it unstuck from 3rd gear???
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Unread 04-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #5
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which has to be flushed out with fresh ATF+3 asap since water dissolves the glue that holds various clutch disks in place.
I thought ATF+3 wasn't available anymore and you have to use backward compatible ATF+4?...
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Unread 04-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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Sometimes a good auto tranny service with a flush and new fluids will cure it. Other times it's a solenoid (spelling?) problem. I had the solenoid problem with my Dodge truck (was starting out in third), and the auto on my Jeep ZJ was fixed by a service/flush (was starting out in third).

You need to find a shop you trust that knows auto trannys. Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep seem to have issues with their auto trannys.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep seem to have issues with their auto trannys.
All transmissions have issues when subjected to abuse...
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Sometimes a good auto tranny service with a flush and new fluids will cure it. Other times it's a solenoid (spelling?) problem. I had the solenoid problem with my Dodge truck (was starting out in third), and the auto on my Jeep ZJ was fixed by a service/flush (was starting out in third).

You need to find a shop you trust that knows auto trannys. Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep seem to have issues with their auto trannys.
Not as much as Fords. Any transmission that has been neglected will have issues. Fixed it for ya too.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #9
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4muddin, listen to the advice given, especially Jerry B cause he knows his stuff. I mentioned in a pm to you about fluid/filter change but a flush IS THE best as it will get new, fresh, clean fluid throughout the trans. A trusted shop will also be your best bet as the filter MUST be changed at the same time.

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If you have the opportunity, look into the vent location. If it is on top of the trans look into having it relocated.
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Not as much as Fords. Any transmission that has been neglected will have issues. Fixed it for ya too.
Thanks. I fixed it in my post.

It's been over a year since the shop flushed and serviced the auto tranny on my son's 95 ZJ (and they changed the filter too of course) and it's still doing fine. I was afraid the tranny was toast, but the shop specialized in transmissions, and he obviously knew what he was talking about. I was thinking it was going to cost thousands for a new (rebuilt) tranny and all, but it was just a few hundred.

Same with the solenoid that was replaced in my 96 Dodge truck's auto tranny back in 2008 (which was rebuilt in 2003). I think the total bill for that one was about $500.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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Sorry guys I wasn't getting notifications to my phone. Yea when I start it up, put it in drive it starts out in 3rd sometimes And when it dosent it won't shift out of first. It's messed up I have to bring it somewhere but I don't have the money to fix it yet. Thanks a lot for the reply's.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:35 AM   #12
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I'm only assuming that is what he is trying to say here but without more grammer, we may never know.
Sorry I ha it stuck in a mud hole. Then got pulled out and I tried driving and it was in 3rd it felt like. So I put it in 2nd, then drive and it wouldn't shift into drive. Now when I start it up and put it in drive it starts in 3rd again.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 08:36 AM   #13
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Did you drive through deep water or deep muddy water? It kinda sounds like one or the other got inside your 30RH auto transmission... which has to be flushed out with fresh ATF+3 asap since water dissolves the glue that holds various clutch disks in place.
Yes muddy water sorry for the lack of grammar/ information.
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Well if you haven't flushed out the ATF by now chances are it's too late and the transmission is toast.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 09:38 AM   #15
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Well if you haven't flushed out the ATF by now chances are it's too late and the transmission is toast.
X2, that's why I said that it had to be done ASAP 3 days ago .
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