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Old 11-07-2010, 10:30 PM
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My transmission died tonight :(

Driving my truck this afternoon I noticed a strange ticking noise coming from the engine, but I couldn't pin point it. Oil pressure looked good, vacuum gauge looked good, water temp was fine, trans temp was fine, car ran fine... figured it for an exhaust leak.

My daughter and I were up in Malibu hiking with friends and stopped for dinner on the way home. On the way back from dinner the truck "fell out of gear" - not the gear shift lever, but the truck just wouldn't go anymore... Again all engine vitals looked good but the ticking noise was much louder and the truck wouldn't move in any gear. This is an 11-month old 700R4 w new 2300rpm stall converter installed in January, 3500 miles on it.

Called AAA, while waiting for the tow I examined all I could in the dark with my flashlight, no leaking fluids, no loose bolts, everything appeared normal, except the noise and no movement. The tow truck driver and I went over all the possibilities, he agreed it must the trans and off we went.

Towed it to my trans guy's shop and will deal with it in the morning - I hope it is as simple as a bad torque converter, I'd hate to have pull and ship the entire transmission back to the manufacturer.

Bummer to get stuck on a Sunday evening with my daughter after a nice day out - and the day after I straightened out my distributor/ignition situation - life just isn't fair sometimes

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Stripped the splines out of the torque converter
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possible that the bolts were loose on the converter? may have sheared the bolts. other than that its either a TC or some kinda catastophic internal failure being that it has no gears.
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Stripped the splines out of the torque converter
If it was as simple as that, I hope nothing happened to the trans in the process.

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possible that the bolts were loose on the converter? may have sheared the bolts. other than that its either a TC or some kinda catastophic internal failure being that it has no gears.
The bolts on the TC were tight, as far as I know. It would be nice if it were as easy as that and no other damage occurred...
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Day 1 Update

Everything physical checked out at my local shop, according to their best guess, it would seem the front pump went out or the torque converter failed, or both, no debris in the pan and fluid looked perfect.

The trans is under the original warranty and the manufacturer agreed to return it to me for free, so I had the truck towed to them, it was only 96 miles and AAA did it for free. They will deliver the truck back to me no charge.

If it all works out, then I am ZERO out of pocket, I'll know more tomorrow.
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thats good to hear.
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Day 2 - Update

Got a call from the trans manufacturer yesterday, the front pump was gone and they were inspecting the torque converter to make sure it was ok, unfortunately though according to them, the problem occurred due to improper installation by my local trans shop.

Their instructions clearly state the pilot bushing, if present in the crank, must be removed to allow proper engagement of the torque converter. Secondly, the dowels on the back of the block were too deep and didn't engage/align the bell housing properly allowing the trans to shift. Both issues are clearly outlined in the manufacturer's installation instructions my trans shop apparently overlooked.

The manufacturer is covering the repair of the trans under warranty. My local trans shop is of course disputing the manufacturer's claims and is unwilling to take any responsibility. Along with the repair of the transmission, the manufacturer pulled the pilot bearing and set the dowels properly when reinstalling the trans. They are also adjusting the speedo gearing and fixing a leaky seal.

They are going to test drive the truck for over the course of a day and check for leaks then ship it back to me on Thursday all fresh and and ready for me to thrash it once more. Cost to me for this fiasco, $250.
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sounds like a stand up gruop of guys . its glad to hear tha twe are still out there I was kinda thinking that i was the only one left.
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Day 4 Update

Got the truck back today, the transmission works.

I'll run it for a few days as is but the way the TV cable was set up the truck is shifting a bit late and firm, at least out of first.

Hopefully it lasts more than 3500 miles this time.
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