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Ron, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  35 years working on Ford, Lincolns and Mercs.
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I have a 2003 VW Eurovan with 180K miles. Just have the

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I have a 2003 VW Eurovan with 180K miles. Just have the transmission rebuilt including a new torque converter. Check engine light has come on and code indicates the a failure of the clutch to lock up. with the replacement of the torque converter I am wondering if it could be a sensor vice the clutch itself.
JA: Does the light stay on, or does it blink?
Customer: Stays on
JA: Are you fixing your Eurovan yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Transmission was rebuilt by a professional shop, and under warranty, VW dealer has diagnosed the problem, it is at the dealer now.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I think that's everything
Submitted: 25 days ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Ron replied 25 days ago.

Hello. My name is ***** ***** I am happy to assist you today. Give me just a moment to review your post, and I'll be right back with the help you need.

Expert:  Ron replied 25 days ago.

Can you tell me the actual fault code and or codes your getting?

Customer: replied 25 days ago.
I don't, I was told by the dealer the code indicated the torque converter would not lock up.
Expert:  Ron replied 25 days ago.

If you can get me the actual code I can advise you from there.

Customer: replied 25 days ago.
Checking ...
Expert:  Ron replied 25 days ago.

Thank you.

Customer: replied 25 days ago.
Mechanic to call back after lunch with codes thrown. What would cause the clutch to NOT lock up as appropriate?
Expert:  Ron replied 25 days ago.

In most cases it usually a signal concern and or the lock up solenoid has failed . At either rate this should have been addressed by the builder.

Customer: replied 25 days ago.
the lock up is mechanical (solenoid) vs. hydraulic? Is the solenoid part of the torque converter or separate?
Expert:  Ron replied 25 days ago.

The solenoid is separate but it also requires the Hydraulics to be working properly as well. This sounds to me like the builder did not get something right.