Log in

No account? Create an account
Transmission q from a noob. - Car Help [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Car Help

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Transmission q from a noob. [Jan. 17th, 2011|07:14 am]
Car Help


Hey all.

I have a 1999 Chevy Blazer with automatic trans and about 90,000 miles on it. Once in a while, when I shift from park to drive, it seems to slip a gear. This doesn't happen very often. I make sure to completely stop before shifting and it still does it. It's done this once in a while pretty much since I've had the car (last April).

Now the other night I put my car in reverse from park and it wouldn't go. The engine revved but it seemed like the gear wasn't engaging? IDK. It did this twice. (It was very cold outside if that has anything to do with it)

My question: Does this sound like a serious transmission problem or can this be put off for a while? I'm completely flat broke right now, ugh.

Other question: The car has some electrical issues. The FWD, cruise control, and back hatch button only work (seemingly) when they feel like it. I'm afraid my FWD is engaging when I don't want it to, because the light on the 2 HI button isn't always on and sometimes my car rides a little rough. If that's the case, could this be what's messing with my transmission?

Any help is appreciated. :)

[User Picture]From: edgar_suit
2011-01-17 04:05 pm (UTC)
How are you with dealing with death and loss? Has your transmission filled out a last will and testament? Cause... I... I have some bad news...

For a second opinion, take it to a transmission shop. Or change the fluid and filter to see if that may help. If it does, it does, if it doesn't you're not really out that much money.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ishitpinecones
2011-01-18 05:41 am (UTC)
My parents had a Mercury Mistake Mystique that did similar stuff before the transmission crapped out entirely, so this is what I was afraid of.

I'll take it to a shop and have the fluid and filter changed as soon as I have some cash, hopefully that'll do it. If not, oh God ...
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: polka_king
2011-01-17 07:53 pm (UTC)
Before making funeral arrangements I would change the fluid and filter. You've got a 4L60E transmission and if it's been driven hard it can start to slip. Changing fluid and filter can help with that situation. To get the pan off the bottom of the transmission you may need to remove the exhaust Y-pipe. I have a 94 Blazer and it's the older body style. I have to remove mine; you may or may not need to remove yours.

If you want more info on all things Blazer/Jimmy/Bravada/Rainier you can go to blazerforum.com. They're a fantastic group of people who are very happy to help others who love Blazers.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ishitpinecones
2011-01-18 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll try this. Also thanks for the link. :)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: togglehead
2011-01-18 06:21 pm (UTC)
Also....before anything....go to youre local auto store and get a bottle of Lucas Transmission Fix. This stuff is like thick red glue (it helps to leave it in the engine bay when warming up the engine to add this stuff) and helps renew worn bands and prevents slipping. Did wonders in my van.

Its only 10 bucks too...so, might not be a bad temp fix.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: lindaross
2012-11-22 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing
(Reply) (Thread)