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1996 Toyota Avalon Question: About My Tranny.

 

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ccourier512002, 3.0L V6, Augusta, GA, January 19, 2013, 07:00
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Not sure what to do. Would like input in what others would do in my place.
I have a 1996 Toyota Avalon XLS V6. I am the third owner. It now has around 211,650 on it now. Right now it needs a new timing belt and back valve cover gasket needs to be replaced. Black friday morning i put over four hundred in tires on my car, also it has a fairly new battery in it and new outer in inner tie rods.
The check engine light was on and took it to a reputable tranny shop. Test drove it and checked the light out for me. He said that it was the [torque clutch system] not working. The way he explained it to me. It helps in regulates the gas mileage and etc.
Was also told by him that it would not effect the tranny in any way.
He also told me that in this car that the tranny usually lasted for about 250,000 miles before they have to be rebuilt. If he is right and that means i have about a nother 40 to go or so.
Went by this morning to ask some more questions. I told him about the repairs, tires and etc. He said if he was me. He would keep the car. Do not worry about the tranny yet, start putting some money away and his exact words run it into the ground.
In closing i would like input in what others would do in my place.

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    jedisolo21 January 19, 2013, 10:19
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    That is the transmission for sure. Since you got the timing belt replaced again and the cover gasket, that is good. If I were you, you should get the following done on it: Go to an AAMCO location and get the transmission looked at (they can do a free checkup or inspection), also take your car to your dealership and get the water pump replaced before you have problems with your radiator. If you don't get the water pump replaced, you will be spending a lot of money to get that and the radiator replaced.

    "Your tranny" is your transmission and that has to be looked at and possibly replaced or adjusted. Since you know about the Torque system switch, tell AAMCO about that problem too. That really DOES affect your transmission and it could be causing you more problems than you realize.

    Sorry to scare you, but I ran into this problem this past week, and found out that I saved close to $2,000 because I shopped around to find a reputable mechanic who did it for $800.

    Hope this helps and good luck.

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    ccourier512002, January 19, 2013, 12:06
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    Thanks for your input there.
    The last time the timing belt was replaced was 151,411. A long with the water pump and belts. This was verified by my repair shop before i bought the car.
    Going to have the timing belt replaced this Monday morning. Valve cover gasket i hope some time this week.
    Not sure where you live at. I took my car to a reputable tranny shop. That has been around for a long time and i trust them.
    But like you suggested i just might go to AAMCO repair shop and have it checked out to see what they say and see if it might compare.
    So you saved yourself alot of money. So did you have yours partial or all the way rebuilt.
    Thanks.

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    ziptie12 January 21, 2013, 17:31
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    Just another thought .......... I (my wife) have a '95 Camry with 296K (and counting) Original trans. Over the years, I have experienced problems with torque converter 'lock-up' judder(shakes/vibrates) when lock-up clutch engages. Only thing I've had to do when this occurs , is change the trans fluid (drain & fill- NOT flush). Aside from the check engine light with the code you describe , if you are having no other symptoms , maybe just a fluid change would get some more life from it , with less worry. Do you know if the lock-up clutch is engaging?

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    ccourier512002, January 21, 2013, 19:02
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    Thanks for some more input. I am presuming in the car it is a automatic tranny. You made me think of some thing here. I had a 90 Camry and it had a automatic tranny in it and the big reason i got rid of it was basically the same problem i am haveing now with my Avalon. That is it was a little slow getting into gear. My shop told me on my 90 Camry it was a shift solenoid and it happened in alot. Also the a/f, gasket and filter in the tranny in my car have never been replaced that is the Avalon.
    When i took my car to a reputable tranny shop. he test drove it and etc. It took about 40 min or so. He then came back to me and it was determined it was what is called [TORQUE CLUTCH SYSTEM] He told me that usually the trannys in my car lasted until around 250,000 and then it is rebuilt time i have about 40 to go.
    This morning i stopped by my local aamaco. I guess the owner or manager was not there. So i hope to stop by tomorrow morning/call to make a appointment. When i go and what ever is done and what ever is found. I am going to com pair and see if it is the same, close and etc.
    What you told me about just changing the fluid i had and several ours have recommened me doing the same thing. I plan on asking my repair shop what they would recommend me to do.
    I do not know if the lock-up clutch is engaging. What is it.
    Once again. Thanks for your input.

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