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We put a rebuilt powerglide in my friends el camino, it had been sitting for about 5 years and when we put it in it didn't work so we yanked it out, and took it to a tranny shop they took it apart and tried to have me pay for another rebuild.

it turned out to be a bad torque converter. but now that same tranny is slipping very badly. We took it to a tranny guy and he took it apart and refused to replace the gaskets, instead he put it back together with the old gaskets.

needless to say i am not going back to him.

I am on here to ask if there are any adjusments on the powerglide that may be cause the severe slipping we are expierencing? I think it is realted to the fact there are old gaskets in it. But I promised my find I would post this before we take it out again.

I picked up a used but recently rebulit powerglide for 100 bucks, I think we should do a straight swap, but my friend thinks "there has to be a way to adjust it"

Any and all feed back is appreciated.

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the band is adjustable.

tighten to 80 INCH pounds , then back out 3 full turns.

there are many items that can cause an automatic trans to slip.
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where would the bolt to adjust it be?
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We put a rebuilt powerglide in my friends el camino, it had been sitting for about 5 years and when we put it in it didn't work so we yanked it out, and took it to a tranny shop they took it apart and tried to have me pay for another rebuild.

it turned out to be a bad torque converter. but now that same tranny is slipping very badly. We took it to a tranny guy and he took it apart and refused to replace the gaskets, instead he put it back together with the old gaskets.

needless to say i am not going back to him.

I am on here to ask if there are any adjusments on the powerglide that may be cause the severe slipping we are expierencing? I think it is realted to the fact there are old gaskets in it. But I promised my find I would post this before we take it out again.


I picked up a used but recently rebulit powerglide for 100 bucks, I think we should do a straight swap, but my friend thinks "there has to be a way to adjust it"

Any and all feed back is appreciated.

You had a tranny that sat for five years, allowing the gaskets to dry up and shrink, but wouldn't pay the tranny man for new gaskets, nor a rebuild. I wouldn't want you to bring me a tranny. You apparently don't know what it takes to tear down a transmission and, then, put it back together. This is what he does for a living, and you think that he'll do it for free, and supply gaskets?
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Under what conditions does it slip?
Does it eventually engage?
Adjust band like Crosley said.
My guess would be one of the o-ring seals was dry and stuck to the metal.
The seal(s) may be damaged now.
The seals are cheap.
Did you fill the torque converter before installing?
Did you verify fluid level?
Was tranny stored dry or with fluid?
Any chance water got into tranny?
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You had a tranny that sat for five years, allowing the gaskets to dry up and shrink, but wouldn't pay the tranny man for new gaskets, nor a rebuild. I wouldn't want you to bring me a tranny. You apparently don't know what it takes to tear down a transmission and, then, put it back together. This is what he does for a living, and you think that he'll do it for free, and supply gaskets?

Before you starting shooting insults, maybe you should the thread fully.

He REFUSED to put new gaskets in the tranny when he he put it back together. He wanted 900 dollars to rebuilt it to stock condition. And he admitted when he took it apart that the tranny looked new on the inside.

Dude you seem like a jerk, don't bother replying to my stuff!
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Under what conditions does it slip?
Does it eventually engage?
Adjust band like Crosley said.
My guess would be one of the o-ring seals was dry and stuck to the metal.
The seal(s) may be damaged now.
The seals are cheap.
Did you fill the torque converter before installing?
Did you verify fluid level?
Was tranny stored dry or with fluid?
Any chance water got into tranny?

it slips when throttle is applied.

I dont know how to adjust the band.

It was stored dry.

I doubt water got in the tranny, either while it was stored or while it was being sorked on.

yes we filled the torque converter before we installed everything.

yes the fluid level is fine.
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You had a tranny that sat for five years, allowing the gaskets to dry up and shrink, but wouldn't pay the tranny man for new gaskets, nor a rebuild. I wouldn't want you to bring me a tranny. You apparently don't know what it takes to tear down a transmission and, then, put it back together. This is what he does for a living, and you think that he'll do it for free, and supply gaskets?

Oh, and this tranny guy swore up and down the torque coverter was fine, before he took the tranny apart, my best guess was so he could get my tranny apart then make me feel obligated to pay him for a rebuild.

And the torque converter was what was bad.

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Hi pitbull7934
The adjuster is on the drivers side of the trans, it sticks out some it's ahead of the domed cover,
loosen the lock nut, then using a torque wrench of 70 INCH#s on that bolt, then back it off three & a quarter turns,
tighten the lock nut, don't let the adjusting bolt move.
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Hi pitbull7934
The adjuster is on the drivers side of the trans, it sticks out some it's ahead of the domed cover,
loosen the lock nut, then using a torque wrench of 70 INCH#s on that bolt, then back it off three & a quarter turns,
tighten the lock nut, don't let the adjusting bolt move.
Rich

I was thinking we were working on an aluminum power glide of the chevy.

There is no domed cover near the band adjuster on the glides I work on... the stud with nut is located near the shifter linkage.

75 - 80 inch pounds tight, then loosen 3 full turns will work well.

pitbull7934 ... is the throttle linkage hooked up & adjusted on this glide?

is the vacuum attached to full manifold vacuum on the engine?
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As far as I can tell everything is hooked up properly, We attempted to adjust the band adjustment several times today, but we did not notcie any improvement.
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Oh, and this tranny guy swore up and down the torque coverter was fine, before he took the tranny apart, my best guess was so he could get my tranny apart then make me feel obligated to pay him for a rebuild.

And the torque converter was what was bad.

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I apologize. You should have taken that "fine" converter back to him, and told him to stuff it up his rectum! Where I am, generally, I find honest mechanics, but, apparently, that is not the situation, where you are. Up here, when we are conned, we retaliate with a vengance.

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Yea, I should have been more clear in my post.

Unfortunatly, in San Diego there many people who pretend to know what they are doing and that are just trying to make a quick buck.

Personally if it were up to me I would Just get one of the 2 tranny's we have rebuilt. But my friend wants to try and fix it while it is in the car, and it's his car.
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