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93 mpv ,3.0,2 wheel drive,transmission "whining"

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93 mpv ,3.0,2 wheel drive,transmission "whining" fwd or rev gears..if I wait 30 min I can drive it a short distance-then the whing sound starts again-its as if the trans is not connected to the engine at all. Any ideas? Thx

hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will help you ..

have you checked the transmission fluid level yet ?

If you havent do so please and also let me know if it has a burnt smell to it as well .

if the fluid level is low it will act like this ,being that colder the fluid is a thicker consistancy and will work the transmissionwhen it thins out/ heats up the fluid may be aerating and thus the convertor will not work ..

if the fluid is not burnt and low add some and see if it helps ,but if this has been doing this for awhile and/or smells burnt then the trans may need to be rebuilt and that may cost you well over $1500.00 to get fixed or replaced ...jazzmaster ...

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

OK..I'll go check it out..will get back to you asap

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The fluid level is good and it doesnt smell burnt but the color of the fluid is not very red-more of a brownish red. I just drove it a half mile and the trans stop shifting. I waited 5 to 10 min,started the car and the trans worked just enough to get me home at 10 mph.

this may be just an issue of a fluid and filter change .but I wouldnt say that is 100 percent sure cure , I would if this was mine ,change the filter and fluid and see what it does ,it couldnt hurt to try ,with that many miles it may be that the trans needs to be rebuilt or replaced the price would be about the same for both .. for around $ 50 you can get the filter and fluid ...and see if that helps and if it doesnt then you will need to replace or rebuild the tans or weigh in if you want to spend that kind of money into the vehicle ,if the body is in good condition and the motor runs good ,that would be up to you though ...I have seen these have as much as 300,000 miles but then also have seen some that didnt make it that far I always ask how much you love this vehicle and if it is worth it to you .but also remember that it does have high mileage ...jazzmaster ....
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Good info, the mpv trannys have common failure problems.. torgue converter..seals, etc is there a certain part of the trans that usually fails?

to be truthful I havent seen many transmissions go bad ,there have been a few ..

usually the converter will just fail or the friction plates will burn if the trans slips a lot ..I have seena the 3.0 l engines have there share of issues but the motors usually had over 200,000 miles ..

as I said if this was mine I would do the filter and fluid change first and see if the problem still exists ,then go from there .....

as an added note I have also seen people become too attached to their vehicles and spend a lot of money into them ,only to have other things go wrong .........

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thx again-I will do the fluid/filter what is the amount of the deposit on my card...37.00?

you are very welcome,, I am not sure what the original amount is that you deposit ,as I only get paid a part of what your deposit was ,.but I am thinking that sounds about right ,,and thank you again ,if you ever need more help just ask for me ...jazzmaster ...

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