Car dies after extended driving. Problem worsening considerably. on 1991 Chevrolet Corsica

I have a 1991 Chevrolet Corsica with a 2.2L 4 Cylinder engine. After driving on the highway (About 45-55 MPH) for an extended period of time (Usually 25+ minutes) my car has an odd habit of dying as soon as i break to a stop. I have tried extending the breaking distance to hopefully allow the transmission more time to drop to a lower gear or something (I really don't know anything about cars) The problem got worse the other day. After in town driving (Never more then 35 MPH at the VERY most) it did the same thing in the middle of a major traffic lane, thankfully it was late at night and some kind folks came and helped us. I don't know if its an issue but i was running the AC (Or what i think is the AC) for a lot of the day. We checked the Haynes manual and it said it might have been a problem with the Torque Clutch Converter Solenoid. I would like to know if this car can be fixed for under $70 and WITHOUT the use of ANY special tools (Anything aside from basic socket ratchets, a car jack with 2 stands, some muscle and a torque wrench.) If somebody has an answer, i would be eternally grateful!

by in Corvallis, OR on August 01, 2011
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ANSWER by on August 02, 2011
It sure sounds like you have a sticking torque converter clutch (TCC) solenoid as the Haynes manual suggested. To confirm this you can try the following - disconnect the square, 4 wire (the connector has room for 4 wire but there may be less) electrical connector that plugs into the front side of the transmission near the left front wheel. This will keep the torque convertor from turning on in the first place - you will notice the engine operating at higher rpm on the freeway. If the TCC solenoid requires replacement it is located behind the side cover and can be a bit tricky to replace.
COMMENT by on August 02, 2011
Thats the biggest problem i'm having. i don't really have the option to use the tools i need to get to it since i don't own them nor have the money to buy/rent them.