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    Car repair advice needed

    Hey guys,

    I have a 2001 WS6 Trans Am with quite a few problems. I live in the Dallas area and would like some advice on my situation.

    The biggest problem is that the car is very hard to put into reverse unless you know just how to put pressure on the shifter, otherwise you end up grinding gears. A manager at a GM dealership told me there was a TSB on this problem and it requires the removal of the transmission, so Iíd be looking at a solid $2000 (at least) to fix the problem. I do have an aftermarket short-shifter installed, but donít think this is the problem since a friend and I removed the center console a while back to see if the shifter was causing the problem (didnít look like it). The car has long-tube Grotyohann headers Ė Iíve heard this can seriously complicate transmission removal.

    The other main issue is the ďService EngineĒ light in the dash. This, and an old set of tires, is keeping the car from passing inspection. Do shops other than the dealerships have the ability to read the engine codes? I have an aftermarket MAF sensor and an aftermarket air filter. Iíve heard the aftermarket MAF can set this off.

    The car has some other problems as well, such as the ďbuzzingĒ headlights. Iíve fixed the problem headlight once before by doing the headlight motor gear 180 degree turn trick, but itís buzzing again so I figure the entire nylon gear is worn this time. I may have to order one of the aftermarket brass parts off the net.

    The engine is still as strong as ever, and the body and interior are in near mint condition. Iíve thought about looking for a mechanic to sell the car to on the cheap Ė someone that could take care of the transmission problem themselves, but Iím not sure what I would get for the car in this condition. On the other hand, Iím not sure it would be worth it to sink $3000 or more into the car, either.

    Does anyone know of a good, honest, and knowledgeable mechanic in the Dallas area that has experience with the aforementioned transmission problem? Any and all comments on my situation will be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    ok, first off-don't go to GM, don't go to Firestone. Find a 100% corvette/camaro/trans am specialist from your area. yellow pages or something should help you and I suggest crossposting this thread to the Anything Goes forums b/c you'll get shit load more exposure.

    Your reverse issue is either throw-out bearing or slave cylinder/clutch related. 2000 is absolutely rediculous and you should slap-kick the person who quotes that kinda price for a tranny pull. Even a transmission place should only charge 350 to pull/diagnose a problem-once again, find an f-body professional. Hope this helps. Good luck. Glad you gotta a strong engine, it sucks when there's little cosmetic shit that fails.


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    Trans problem... I have had this problem since my car was new; the syncro mesh gears on these trans are not he best, almost everytime I back out of my driveway the trans will not smoothly shift into reverse w/o ginding or forcing into gear so I don't do that. If I'm not mistaken this trans does not have a reverse syncro gear thus the issue with going in/out of reverse is a issue. To over come this isssue I put the trans into first gear and then release the clutch to roll forward about a 1/2 a foot or so and then I can put it into reverse w/o a problem. There was some talk that switching to a synthetic transmission fliud would releave rough shifting but cars before 2000 or so can't use a synthetic do to brass in the trans that will create an acid and pit the gears and destroy the tranny.

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    umm, you have some mistakes in your assertation...but regardless-a pulled tranny is in need, unfortunatly.

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    Well, I took it to a tranny shop. They put it on the lift and checked it out for free. They say the tranny needs to be pulled. He quoted me anywhere from $1200 to $1500. Plus, he said the headers could end up adding a couple hundred dollars to the tranny pull, depending on how they complicate things. All in all, not a whole lot different from the dealership prices. I guess I will look for a f-body specialist in the dallas area and also crosspost, as advised. Thanks for the feedback.

    p.s. The shop hadn't heard of a TSB on this issue and kept referring to my car as a "Grand Am", or "Grand Prix". This didn't exactly boost my confidence in their knowledge.

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    fucking christ...run....RUN!!!!!

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    lol get a new shop dude... I know those Grand Prixs run some hella numbers and easily confused with an LS1 WS6 (sarcastic)

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    they musta confused his ls1 grand prix with the GTO....oh wait, he has a trans am...IDIOT!!![/napolean dynomite]

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    Did YOU install the shifter yourself . If so is that when the problem started? Also it may be a good idea to check the little plastic boot at the end of the shifter inside the trans. Mabye it is wore out. It is worth a shot before having to pay a shit load of money to someone. and if that was the problem ...you know they wouldnt tell you and take that 2000 dollars for a 1 dollar part.

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