Originally Posted by crazyeyeschase
Ok, so I'm sure y'all are tired of me ranting and raving about what is and isn't wrong with my car so I'll post all my questions here.
So I live in Kansas and its getting cold. My car has seemed to be kicking into neutral at red lights and stop signs but I think it might be my torque converter. What happens is the light turns red and I stop. When the light turns green I press the gas and nothing but revs come. after a few seconds it will kick in and go. I've been trying to pay attention to it and I dont think it goes into neutral, it feels engaged and it seems like the transmission is working, but it doesn't seem to be catching somewhere else. Could the torque converter be the problem???
A while back I posted about a possible bad head gasket leak, but I think I figured it out. I'm pretty sure its the temp sender. Last night I was in Wichita 30 mins from where I live, and on my way home the temp guage boosted up to high and I thought it was weird. I pulled over anyways. I looked under the hood their was no smoke but my radiator fluid was a tad bit low, but not enough to cause alarm. I did add some water for safe measures. Now on the way home the temp gage didn't get hot but it was jumpy. I know this is probably from the temp sender, but the fan wasn't kicking on when it got too hot so I had to hit the A/C and it's like 35 outside already, so I was freezing all the way home. Should the new temp sender help solve the fan problem or should I just hook up my own switch so I can turn it on manually????
Also I asked about the boost in a different post but does any one know where I can find or get a gauge made to fit where the equalizer sits??? I have seen a few pics of a 3 cluster gauge set sitting there and I'm sure they were all custom but I have no idea on how to do it. Does any one have an idea???
For the trans. issue, is the fluid full??? Another possible issue could be the kickdown cable is misadjusted or binding, or the lever on the trans. is binding. The kickdown lever shaft goes through the shift lever shaft on the side of the trans, and sometimes the seal for the kickdown shavft lets dirt and water in, causing rust and thereby binding the kickdown shaft. So... if it's stuck in the kickdown position, it will start out in second possibly. Check the shift cable adjustment at the trans. Make sure the retaining nut isn't loose. With the shifter in OD, you loosen the nut and verify the lever on the trans is in fact in OD (rotate it into low, which is all the way counter-clockwise, then back two detents to OD) and tighten the nut.
For the coolant issue, there is more than one coolant sensor. One is for the gauge, a one wire switch, the other is for the engine controls, a two wire type, which is related to the fans working. However, I don't think you have an issue with the ECT yet. If the fans aren't coming on it could be a fan motor issue, a wiring issue, or something else. I'll explain in detail how to diagnose the fans tomorrow.
The boost gauge... why do you want an aftermarket boost gauge if you already have one next to the tach??? Unless it's an electronic cluster...