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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: 6 months ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Ron replied 6 months 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 6 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I don't, I was told by the dealer the code indicated the torque converter would not lock up.
Expert:  Ron replied 6 months ago.

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

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Checking ...
Expert:  Ron replied 6 months ago.

Thank you.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Mechanic to call back after lunch with codes thrown. What would cause the clutch to NOT lock up as appropriate?
Expert:  Ron replied 6 months 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 6 months ago.
the lock up is mechanical (solenoid) vs. hydraulic? Is the solenoid part of the torque converter or separate?
Expert:  Ron replied 6 months 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.