Drive Train on 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

My torque converter is bad. Even after sitting all day it will stall after 5 minutes. Can I unplug the torque converter? How much would it cost to replace?

by in Nottingham, MD on June 30, 2010
2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on June 30, 2010
how do you know it is the torque converter??? a car that old, I would not chance just a converter without a complete overhaul. converter is 175 and the labor is 9 hours. Roy
COMMENT by on June 30, 2010
I know it's tc because I've had it looked at a few times, but never had money to repair. Now I have a new job that requires to travel I need it fixed.
ANSWER by on December 14, 2010
If this is the three speed transmission (THM125C) and it stalls when coming to a stop, your torque converter clutch (TCC) solenoid is probably the problem . The transmission does not need to removed to replace the solenoid, just the side pan. Replace with a genuine GM part and I recommend you get a transmission service / flush too.You can disconnect the TCC solenoid but your fuel economy will suffer and the transmission will run hotter and not last as long.
COMMENT by on December 14, 2010
Awesome. You obviously know your stuff. I finally got the same answer from a transmission place. Only after 3 months. The TC has been unplugged that long. I guess it's time.
COMMENT by on December 14, 2010
This problem is listed as "torque converter sticking" under problem reprorts" with this being one of the most reported problems. Yes this is just the TCC solenoid.
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