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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Question: Engine dies when put in drive. Thought it was tcc soleniod. Wasn't it. What els

 

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mccalebj, Columbus, OH, November 01, 2012, 21:01
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Is it main shift solenoid or a sensor issue or wiring????
Just drive. Not reverse

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    pushrod November 02, 2012, 00:54
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    CAN YOU KEEP IT RUNNING WITH BOTH FEET? (GAS BRAKE) IF NOT POSS. WIRE HARNESS PROBLEM.
    PERFORM WIGGLE TEST. WITH ENG.RUNNING MOVE WIRE HARNESS AROUND PULL TWIST ECT.
    ENGINE MOVES AS TRANS. IS SHIFTED,REV MAY NOT MOVE HARNESS ENOUGH TO CAUSE
    STALL, BUT DRIVE MIGHT! ALL WE CAN DO HERE IS GIVE A BEST GUESS.
    HAD IT SCANNED??

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    mccalebj, November 02, 2012, 09:38
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    can keep runing if main trans connector is unplugged. can also keep running if car is jacked up and put in drive, wheels spin, but once brake is applied, it dies... a buddy of mine thinks its mechanical rather than electronic

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    pushrod, November 02, 2012, 15:09
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    BETTER RECHECK THE LOCKUP SOLENOID, SURE SOUNDS LIKE THAT IS THE TROUBLE.
    YOU SAID REVERSE IS OK YOU MEAN IT DOSEN'T STALL WHEN SHIFTED INTO REV. AND WILL BACK UP OK?

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    mccalebj, November 03, 2012, 09:30
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    Already changed the tcc or lockup soleniod. Reverse works fine with no stall. Another friend seems to think its a bad head gasket or avacuum leak

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    globalhelper November 02, 2012, 06:10
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    get a free diag and est at aamco and then shop prices

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    your.mechanic November 02, 2012, 09:26
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    it could be

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    ziptie12 November 02, 2012, 20:15
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    Going along with wetrys' answer #1 , what condition are the engine mounts in? If they are worn allowing excessive engine movement then what he suggested is a good place to start-bright lights -open eyes.

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    mccalebj, November 03, 2012, 09:33
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    The engine moved alot come to think of it could it b the motor mounts?

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    ziptie12, November 04, 2012, 18:27
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    They could be allowing enough movement of other components/connections to create a vacuum leak or open electrical contact. Start looking for hoses or wires that are affected , while someone else is in the car holding the brake and putting it in gear........ Going by your previous description of conditions , it WILL go into gear and stay running if the TCC is unplugged , correct? Then if you plug the TCC back in , and put it in drive , does it feel like popping the clutch on a manual trans when it dies? If so , then try to find a way to have it scanned 'live data' and see what the TCC 'command' is and we'll go from there.

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