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Q: 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?
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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.

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.
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.
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.
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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