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1996 Toyota Avalon Question: About the shift solenoid/automatic transmission.

 

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ccourier512002, Augusta, GA, January 05, 2013, 08:19
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I have to decided what to do about my car and would like some input in what others would do. I noticed that my car has been shifting a little late. The check engine light is on and had it checked out. Said it was the shift solenoid and that is in the tranny. From what i heard.
Also i am the third owner of this car. It has about 211,511 on it now. For some reason the second owner did not keep any records on it at all. I am wanting to replace the gasket, fluid and etc in the tranny. But what i am thinking and have heard is that if this has not been done before. If i go a head and do this. That it may cause the seals and etc to leak and i am looking at a big car repair bill. The fluid does not have a burned smell to it. It is a dark red. I would like some expect advice in what to do.
Thanks for your help.

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    goodguy January 05, 2013, 09:39
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    if the car has that many miles I wouldnt recommend you change the fluid I ve told people before not to change the fluid but they went and did it anyway and about a week later its on a tow truck with blown transmission

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    ccourier512002, January 05, 2013, 10:53
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    Thanks for your advice. So do you have say any alternatives. What is you view on alot of i guess you could say additives or some thing similar you see on shelves. That are suppose to help out.
    A nother question for you. Since the shift solenoid is in the valve body from what i heard and that is in the tranny. Since the car is shifting a little late. Do you think say in the short/long run. That it will affect the tranny in any way.

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    Tomiko January 05, 2013, 14:13
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    err...maybe it would help if you changed the fluid and filter

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    ccourier512002, January 05, 2013, 15:20
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    Had thought about that. But i am not sure if it has ever been done or not. If not and if i do it. I might be looking at a new/rebuilt tranny.

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    goodguy, January 06, 2013, 05:37
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    if its the lock up solenoid depending on the tranny you will either have to take the bottom pan or the side cover off

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    ccourier512002, January 06, 2013, 06:42
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    You have me thinking about some thing here. From what i was told at the toyota service department. It is in the valve body. I could be wrong here and not sure if i am. If i am and maybe you could correct me. If i take the pan off. Should i be looking at what is called the valve body. Also just your view here. If i do not have it replaced. Do you think i maybe do more harm then good. Since it is shifting a little late.

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    goodguy, January 06, 2013, 07:48
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    if its front wheel drive then the valve body should behind the side cover I would suggest you take it to a tranny shop and have them check it out

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    ccourier512002, January 06, 2013, 08:41
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    That would more then likely be the best thing to do.

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