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Old 06-29-2014, 11:37 PM   #11
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Thanks for the Info. I will flush when I get home. Was hoping it was something simple.


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Old 06-30-2014, 12:40 AM   #12
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If all is the same, then something mechanically has happened.

The cooler fins could be clogged, but that same debris should effect the radiator and engine cooling. Note should, I can hear the usual suspects getting ready to challenge me there.

If the trans still shifts normally and doesn't slip under a load then it's going to come down to a few things.

The torque converter is failing. They generate a huge amount of heat and when the lockup clutch is released climbing a hill that slip within the converter really taxes the cooling system. If the converter is failing it just gets worse and a few hundred extra RPM might not be noticed.

The cooling fan clutch is failing. Might be enough to keep the engine cool but not enough to cool the trans.

The temp sensor is failing. The trans picks up a few degrees, which is inevitable, shorts out as the thermistor grounds the sensor circuit, drives the gauge to the max. If the fluid looks and smells normal that might be where I start. Easy check, it's normal then suddenly tops out, odds are it's shorted. It will do the opposite as it cools, suddenly drop down to the normal range.

Do get it checked, a <$1000 fix can turn into $5000 quickly.
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