rebuilt, now shady reverse and random shudder
Okay, so I did my first tranny rebuild, now the sky is falling.
96 T-bird, 4.6L. Ran great before rebuild, minus the slipping trans.
Just finished putting the car back together tonight, and initially when I tried reverse, it would only randomly catch, and the more revs, the less it caught. After quite a few tries, I eventually could drive in reverse as long as I was below 1200 rpm and not going up a steep hill. At anything over 1200 RPM, it slips like there is no tomorrow.
Drive wasn't much better, but after a few tries, I was able to take it out on the road, but randomly I got some shudder, mostly when I step on the gas. By shudder, I mean almost like a "miss", or hitting some bumps in the road at high speed. Not a slip exactly, just like a misfire.
When I get it down the road, it shifts like a dream, which is a big improvement, although it seems to rev sort of high in 4th gear, almost like there is no overdrive. I was at 2K at 60mph.
So, shifting is way better than before, but I gotta figure out this reverse thing and the shudder. Also sometimes now when I put it in gear, the car will stall. It almost acts like it can't handle being in gear. Never did that before.
When I did the rebuild, I replaced all the clutch plates and steels as well as gaskets on the valve body. Also I used a rebuilt torque converter. I am sort of leaning toward
A. I got a bad torque converter or
B. maybe the shift linkage is slightly off. I know that seems like a long shot.
The tranny went back together VERY well, and everything seemed to fit back together like it should, so I am kind of lost. Unfortunately, I just bought this car, and I did not have the money for a pro trans job (would have been more than I paid for the car) and I have to figure this out and fix it ASAP as the wife starts a new job tomorrow, and I am relegated to driving the old pickup, and I miss my t-bird. Been out of commission during rebuild for 3 weeks. So any advice would be GREAT!!
Last edited by woodnknots; 12-07-2014 at 06:22 PM.