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sticky second gear

This is a discussion on sticky second gear within the Automatic Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; sometimes like 6 out of 10 when i have the car at wot it will stay in second and bounce ...

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    sticky second gear

    sometimes like 6 out of 10 when i have the car at wot it will stay in second and bounce off of the rev limitor for a while then shifts

    i checked the fluid and it did seem dark and had a slight burnt smell to it

    when cruisin the car shifts fine and never slips, and never did , the car has 111,000 miles and bought it with 99,000.

    do you think i can save my tranny by flushing it and installin a shift kit,

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    Sounds like it is starting to go out.

    Were you driving in D or OD?
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    was in d

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    I notice on my old stock A4. Driving in D would let the engine rev a bit higher. See if it happens in OD.

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    will try

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    But if the fluid is dark and smells burnt. You should probably not get on it too much. You may just kill your tranny alot sooner.

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    Service and flush transmission , while you in there use a torx bit to turn the screw in end of pcs (preasure control solinoid 1/4 turn clock wise ,it in center back or the solinoid its the large one ,the solinoid i mean ,

    hope this helps for a while but sounds like you will need a transmission very soon

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    how do you drain the torque converter?

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    Well if you have a flush done this would accomplish changing the fluild in the converter but personally I would just do the fluid and filter change and the solinoid mod I mentioned and also look at whats in the pan,
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    Mine does that. Whether spraying or not. I have had two transmissions in it and did it both times until I had it tuned and then it only did it like 3 out of 10 times. It still did it though. I have heard that you actually "starve" the transmission when launching hard and it "hangs" in a gear. But I have no evidence to prove that. Just what I had heard at the local shop on day.

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    Just a note there is a situation in which even though the 3-4 clutch pack is fine and the ecm is comanding the 3-4 shift it may not occur , This can happen particularly when the line preasure has bn raise significantly either mechanically or through programing , You can get a situtation called solinoid flooding , What happens is both solinoids are comanded of during third which means they are venting , However when the line preasue is very high you can get a a situation in which there is so much fluild coming into the solinoid that it cant vent fast enough , This keeps the valve stroked and there by prevents the 2-3 shift until you let of the throttle lowering the preasure ,
    For those of you with a tuner try lowering (I know this goes against the grain)Line preasure at full throttle and see what effect this has , If it improves it or fixes it , You might consider getting some new solinoids from a company called fitzall they are a general replacement solinoid but have a larger vent ,
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