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When will my auto die?
Hello All (especially tranny-meisters!)
I believe my auto ('81 4k 2.144l) is on its way out. I have been led
to believe this by a) the mechanic telling me so and b) the following
symptoms: fairly loud whining in first (not the diff) particularly
under full throttle and on changes, surge/lurch on changes
particularly under full throttle, a tendency to wait a little before
engaging reverse particularly after a bit of work - I drove it a
continuous 400km finishing with a climb up to a ski resort and when I
got there the delay had doubled, and the mechanic reported that there
was quite a bit of friction material in the pan.
My question: in what way will this thing die, and how long might I
have? I have competing priorities for the next $1k on the car
(shocks, exhaust) but these others aren't going to leave me stranded
all of a sudden. I might be mistaken, but the car seems to be losing
power, and there seems to be (at least below 2500rpm or so) a
tendency to feel, well, slushy, i.e. I can rev it up and down by
nearly 1000rpm in top without a whole lot happening to road speed. I
know that's what slushies are all about, but my last auto, an old
Dasher (similar trans I thought?) was much more responsive, and I
think faster off the line (even with a carb) in that something
happened at the wheels *before* it had revved itself silly.
Is it really degenerating, and what should I do?