4 speed Auto Box Bother
Ever since I bought my 94 ED Falcon last year, I 've had a bit of a poor change from 1-2 or from 2-3 (I could never tell). My normal mechanic checked it out when I first got the car and told me it was a busted solenoid and it would cost about $400 to fix, so I didn't worry about it at the time.
But, a year later, I decided to take it to an auto trans specialist and he took it around the block once and then concluded that it had a broken band, so it was never using second gear at all! (WTF?) and it had been changing to third, which is why it would never kick down properly from third as it would try to go to second and it couldn't so it would go to first and be revving too high so it would go back to third and so on in a nasty kangaroo hopping fashion.
So, the guy there reckons that to replace the band, I am looking at a total overhaul of the gearbox, which will cost $1600+.
Should I tell him he's dreamin?
Is it worth doing or should I look around for a second hand box?
How much would a reconditioned 4 speed go for do you reckon?
And while I plan to get a second (or third) opinion next week, does this guys diagnosis of the problem sound right or do you reckon it would in fact be a solenoid?
Thanks for your help dudes,