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Old 06-27-2011, 03:59 AM
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4L60E problem

Just found this website trying to find answers, got a membership, so here it goes.

I have a '96 Z71 5.7L auto trans. I like to get on it every now and then to hear those sweet sounding flowmasters. so the other night after work, got on it ok, then all of a sudden, was hitting the rev limiter, smoke flying behind me, and couldn't do anything but coast to a stop.

sitting in wal-green's parking lot, put it in park (works fine), tried forward, reverse, nothing. got out, saw my long trail of trans fluid, and got it towed home.

question is, am i going to have to have the trans completely rebuilt? is it just the torque converter? is it just the pump? is it both or all three?

don't have any $$$ to have it rebuilt, trying to do this the cheapest way possible. i've researched some rebuild kits from monster trans, about $500. i've looked for rebuilt tranny's with warranty's and they run about $1200. I'm really not looking to spend that kind of money but if it's that screwed up i don't really have any other choice but to try and come up with it.

any and all advice/answers is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-27-2011, 04:31 AM
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Welcome to Hotrodders.com Glad to have you with us

Well Nathan! There's no question something went south & the trans needs to come out & apart. So after going that far makes no sense to just replace one or two items. Do a full rebuild keep the way you drive in mind when ordering parts & build accordingly.
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So I took the trans pan off, still had a little bit of fluid in it. however did not find any metal shavings. there were what looked to be a couple of pinky-nail sized rocks at the bottom though. going to take off the rear driveshaft and the converter cover to see what's going on in there. anybody have any possibilities of what the problem may be?
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Any pics of the ''rocks''?
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no the rocks got lost somehow during cleanup as it started getting dark out. they were either rocks or clumps of dirt, but i don't know where they're at.

i have got the truck up on 4 ramps in the driveway. guess tomorrow i'll get to wrenching and see what happens.
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so i've got the converter cover off (magically), front and rear driveshafts are off, all electrical connections are disconnected.

all i have left to remove now is the transfer case shift lever knob and boot, the dipstick, d/c the shift linkage from the transmission, the fluid cooler lines, speedometer cable or Vehicle Speed sensor (VSS) connector, downshift cable, vacuum modulator line, throttle linkage, transfer case and the adapter, and transmission (all that are applicable, some may not be).

i'm hoping it's just the front seal. don't know how much more i can do this week cause i work evenings and get up in the afternoon. this might be a month long project....uggh
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truck is up on 4 ramps? I'd be careful the truck does not roll off the ramps with stuff unhooked.

1996 truck may have the cooler lines that push in... little wire clips to remove first so the cooler line end pulls out.
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yeah, it's up on 4 ramps and was a pain in the butt to get it there. trying to do as much as i can without taking it to a shop. i do have the e-brake on. don't think it's going anywhere. i did this all the time with my chevelle trying to install braided steel fuel lines in my parents garage, so it should be fine.

i got the top clip out and loosened the nut, but can't get the line to come out. i was running out of steam anyway, so maybe i can do a little bit here and there late at night with the shop light i got.
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