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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-09-2016, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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'95 Tbird transmission woes

4.6 Auto overdrive 86,000 miles
Got in the car tonight and when I put it in gear, I hear a whirring noise. I happened in both drive and reverse. Check fluid and just needed a slight top off. Seemed to go away. Then later came back on way home.
I have noticed once in the last few months that the car seemed like it was staying locked up as I would pull up to a light, even stalling the car once.
I'm thinking torque converter???
If that's it my next question would be what type of torque converter??? I do a lot of running in 2nd gear around mountain roads. Some where in the 2000 to 3000 rpm range with jaunts higher. I'm not looking to drag race but would a higher stall converter say 2200 help a basically stock car for my type of driving? Also any good trans coolers???
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Hard to diagnose a transmission noise over the internet. As for what stall speed to get, 2200 is pretty much stock. A MarkVIII/Marauder converter stalls around 2800, and sounds like it would be a good fit for you.

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Yeah I kinda figured it wouldn't be easy to tell over the net, but was hoping. Thanks for the recommendation on stall speed. I'll get that one if the torque converter is bad.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-11-2016, 03:22 PM
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WRT tranny coolers, get the biggest one you can afford; I'm using tru-cool 45,000btu.

Tru Cool Heavy Duty: Transmission Part by Bulk Part

Be sure to lock out od if you're doing 'curvies'; the 3-4 shift and 4-3 shift are really hard on our transmissions.

Do Not do a 4-2 manual downshift. Ever. It will eventually make a loud noise and die, lol.

Pre-2000 transmissions don't have good protections from this happening; newer than that date will try to do a 4-3-2 shift.
Still not good.

Using the od lockout button keeps you from having any of the really bad stuff from happening; a cooler will help with the rest.

Change your fluid every 25k miles; you'll be breaking it down if you're actually having fun driving.

Add the cooler asap; also look into the PBR brake mod.

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