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 Post subject: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:11 pm 
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I own an auto 98 EL falcon. It has 233000 kms on the clock. The previous owner did leave service logbooks and i have looked through them but i cant find when the transmission was last serviced.

The transmission 'thumps' from 1st into 2nd gear, and over-revs while doing it. Also while it shifts the gear shifter shakes pretty violently.

I took it to a transmission specialist and they said, just from taking it for a short drive that it requires a full-reco and servicing it would only make the problem worse. He quoted me $1500 for the reco.

However, i have done some searching on the net and many people have said that a S5 solenoid would fix this problem. Would this be the case, if so how much would it cost to be fitted (genuine ford part on ebay is $250). Also i have read that replacing the throttle position sensor would eliminate the problem.

So i have these options:

Replace throttle position sensor
S5 solenoid
2nd hand transmission from wreckers
Full-reco

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks. :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:31 pm 
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Well you wouldn't just start replacing things with out testing them first.

The easiest thing would be check the TPS with a multi meter.
and run a diagnostic self test in both 'key on engine off' and 'key on engine running'
If it shows up a solenoid problem then test the solenoid. if it fails the test replace it.

It's also quite easy to service the trans at home.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:16 pm 
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If you are in Sydney, take it to freds automatics at Greenacre, should be drive in drive out for under $1000. For a full reco box with warranty. Otherwise, yeah, as tickford_6 says. Just make sure you test it first.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:34 pm 
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Wow, that is the lowest that ive have seen it quoted..

How long would the warranty be for? Do they have a good reputation?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:29 am 
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I got mine done there, Mine was a fair bit different though being a T series box, it cost almost double.

FREDS AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SPECIALISTS
18 BRUNKER ROAD GREENACRE NSW
TEL: 02 9709 4644

Full recondition with 8 months unlimited warranty
Quick and Efficient.

They are currently advertising rebuilds on 5 and 6 speed ford autos for $1150, I think the BTR may have moves in price. but I would still suggest about $1000 drive in drive out.

They service the taxi industry very heavily, so they see these boxes day in day out. They always have a few on the shelf as well that have already been reco'd hence the quick turn around time, I know they can get a taxi in and out in under 1.5 hours. Thats pretty quick.

If your considering going there, send me a pm first, I'll tell you a name to drop to try and save some coin as well.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:47 am 
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great price and service,nice

 

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Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:52 am 
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Oh, if you can afford it, while they are there doing the box, get them the put a trans cooler on it as well. Money very well spent, it will also extent the life of the box. I think I paid $180 for a cooler.

All up I paid $1850 including the cooler, I acutally had to get my box rebuild and put back in as its full of bloody series specific parts, a T2 box is the same as a T3 box, that is essentially an XR6T box, but the T1 box is different again.. go figure.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Transmission Opinion Please
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:55 am 
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Thanks for the info guys, might have to check them out.

 

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