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logo29a
06-05-2005, 04:55 PM
Just got home after 3 hours of hell stuck at a Barnes and Nobles.

Anyways, my car won't reverse. It appears that a small hose just at the back of the hood has dry rotted out. I am assuming that this is the source of my problems as I haven't noticed it before. Can someone please confirm this? The shops around here tend to take people for a ride when it comes to transmission problems and I would like to be certain of the source before I take it to the shop tomorrow. Thanks in advance.

insndrvr
06-05-2005, 05:04 PM
Is this an auto or manual?

RDM_II
06-05-2005, 05:25 PM
A hose would not affect a manual transmission, if it was a cooling line for an automatic you would have issues in every gear as there would be fluid loss, not just in reverse.

logo29a
06-05-2005, 05:29 PM
Sorry. It is an automatic. It is a very small tube that appears to come out from the dash, run along the back of the hood, and then go down the inside of the passenger side quarter panel. I hope this helps.

logo29a
06-05-2005, 05:31 PM
I almost forgot to mention that the car does seem to engage in drive, d1, and d2. Going to reverse seems to put the car into neutral as opposed to staying in park. It may not be the hose, but it wasn't broken the last time I popped tbe hood which was about 2-3 weeks ago.

insndrvr
06-05-2005, 06:01 PM
Have you checked the fluid level? When was the last time you changed the fluid? Changed the filter? Does it go into reverse if you push the shifter towards park? Do you ever see fluid on the ground where you park?

logo29a
06-05-2005, 06:04 PM
I've never noticed fluid before. I'll check the fluid when I return to the car (currently in lot). It won't go into reverse not matter what I do.

Does anyone know if the line/hose I speak of is a fluid line that might cause this?

Thanks for all of the help so far.

rogoman
06-05-2005, 07:35 PM
I've never noticed fluid before. I'll check the fluid when I return to the car (currently in lot). It won't go into reverse not matter what I do.



If the ATF is at the full mark, you may have a problem with the shifting linkage.

logo29a
06-05-2005, 08:17 PM
I will definately check.

Does anyone know what the hose I refered to does?

Thanks for everyone's help.

Kookz
06-05-2005, 08:37 PM
It's probably your brake booster hose. Is the brake pedal really hard?

asad
06-05-2005, 09:38 PM
It's probably your brake booster hose. Is the brake pedal really hard?



Brake booster line doesn't go anywhere near the passenger quarter panel. And he said it's a small hose. My guess is windshield washer line?

Anyway, I doubt that the hose is the source of your problem.

Asad

Kookz
06-05-2005, 10:40 PM
It dissapears on the passenger side of the engine bay.

I was trying to be nice and not think that the wiper fluid lines on the hood would be suspected for a bad transmission. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

BrianS
06-05-2005, 10:58 PM
X2 on transmission fluid

cheap and easy fix should that be the problem

logo29a
06-06-2005, 05:29 AM
I believe that the hose is the wiper fluid lines. I keep my windows fairly clean so I haven't used the fluid in a while and it doesn't work despite their being fluid.

Could low tranny fluid cause problems with reverse without causing problems in other gears?

Thanks so much for everyone's help.

rogoman
06-06-2005, 06:14 AM
Could low tranny fluid cause problems with reverse without causing problems in other gears?



If the ATF level is low by about 1/2 qt or more, then it can cause shifting problems. If the ATF level is OK and the shift linkage is OK, then the internal line pressures may be incorrect.

logo29a
06-06-2005, 11:09 AM
Could low tranny fluid cause problems with reverse without causing problems in other gears?



If the ATF level is low by about 1/2 qt or more, then it can cause shifting problems. If the ATF level is OK and the shift linkage is OK, then the internal line pressures may be incorrect.





I took it to a local shop, but they were unable to completely diagnose the problem. He said that he believed it was probably due to internal pressure problems and advised me to take it to a tranny specialist. However, I need to ask him if he checked the fluid levels. He said it might cost as much as $2000 if it is internal. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/tear.gif

If that turns out to be the case, I'm just going to ditch it because the car is hardly worth more than that.

rogoman
06-06-2005, 11:51 AM
I took it to a local shop, but they were unable to completely diagnose the problem. He said that he believed it was probably due to internal pressure problems and advised me to take it to a tranny specialist. However, I need to ask him if he checked the fluid levels. He said it might cost as much as $2000 if it is internal.



It is very expensive to rebuild an auto tranny.

You can check the ATF level yourself very easily. Fully warm up the tranny by driving it around for about 15 minutes or more. Now while the car is idling, check the fluid level with the tranny dip stick. Do not check it if the car is shut off.

logo29a
06-06-2005, 12:00 PM
The guy at the shop stated that he checked the fluid, and he seemed rather trust worthy (very honest, helpful and no-charge). However, I don't see the harm in checking it myself. I just don't think I'm going to be that lucky.

Thanks again for everyone's help.

orion
06-06-2005, 12:49 PM
If you must keep the automatic...NEVER rebuild...pick up a low-mile used one, with a warranty.

www.car-part.com (http://www.car-part.com)

Most seem to be going for $400-500.

- Brian

RDM_II
06-06-2005, 01:35 PM
I have a gorgeous 52k mile auto right now, $200.

logo29a
06-06-2005, 04:18 PM
If you must keep the automatic...NEVER rebuild...pick up a low-mile used one, with a warranty.

www.car-part.com (http://www.car-part.com)

Most seem to be going for $400-500.

- Brian





I was already thinking of this. Why rebuild when I can buy a new one for around the same price or a pristine used one for even cheaper?

I think I'm just going to ditch this one. There are so many little things wrong with it that it would cost more to fix than it is worth. I had been planning on buy something new anyways. I've already visited a local dealer. :-)

Thanks again for everyone's help.

dev707
06-11-2010, 06:08 PM
I have a gorgeous 52k mile auto right now, $200.
do u still have that tranny mines has the same prob

XMcEvilson S13
08-07-2010, 05:59 AM
do u still have that tranny mines has the same prob
this thread has been dead 5 years

jisforjess
09-25-2010, 05:32 PM
I know this thread has been dead for years, but I'm having the same problem.

I have an automatic '97 and it's very selective of when it would like to reverse.

I started having an issue with it about 3 weeks ago. It started with not going into reverse. Then it got worse from there - it would drive in neutral, shake violently in park, etc. I took it to the shop and the guy there said I had a huge crack in my trans... go figure. I paid to have a new transmission put in.

Last week, it decided to not go into reverse again. I let it sit for 2 days, until I had a chance to take it back to the shop. I pushed it out of the parking spot, drove about 30 mins away to get to the shop, and by the time I got there, it was reversing just fine. The mechanic looked at it anyway, kept it overnight, and the car continued to run fine - he said there was nothing wrong with it. I drove it home, have kept it for 2 days, and now its not reversing again. The other gears work fine, all the fluids are fine.

Anybody have any little inkling of an idea what the hell is wrong? I can't exactly afford to take it to someone else to look at, that'll cost me a fortune. I just need a few hints in the right direction.

Thanks!