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Dr_Deathweed

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My 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is having the following issues:
-Cannot give it power in forward or reverse
-will coast if you don't give it gas, and pick up speed
-once it is coasting fast enough to shift to second, it drives just fine until you come to a stop and have to start in 1st again

I have replaced the transmission filter and fluid about a year ago, and this car has all new plugs, wires, coils, alternator, ignition module, throttle position sensor, and timing chain. I have done a lot of work on this car, and would like to keep it, but if this is going to cost more than $300-400 to fix, I may as well scrap this one and apply everything toward a newer vehicle even though I have dumped ~$500 into repairs in the last year already.

If anyone has any good ideas on fixing this myself, I have a week to learn/work on this, or try and find someone that will give me a couple hundred for it...
 

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is it an electronic transmission....I had one lose its shift patterns and it did some really f'd up stuff. Personally I'd take it to a transmission shop and see what they say it shouldn't cost anything for them to road test it.
 
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Well, I am going to have to pay to get it towed to a shop, so when I am there I may as well get it fixed. A road test is free at the shop I was talking to, but most likley they said they would have to hook it up to diagnostics to figgure out whats wrong which is $55. Bottom line, just taking it to the shop and getting diagnostics is going to be ~$150 out of my pocket.

If there is a test/repair I can do myself, I am more than willing to learn, so I know what range of problems I fall into. Like I said before, I really don't want to shell out any money unless I know it is going to be fixed, because I would rather scrap it and use that money toward another vehicle. However, if it is only going to be a couple hundred, or a fix I can do myself (even better) I would love the project/learning experience.

As far as a road test, it was driving just fine previously, and once it shifts out of 1st acts just fine again. I was wondering if it is a solenoid problem, but have found little information on testing other than you can...
 

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I've always been a fan of the midnight tow with a rope :)

They are going to charge you to hook up the computer? Call around I can get it done here for free.
 
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Last time I mentioned that to SWMBO, she gave me the "you better be kidding or you will never sleep in a bed again, let alone with me" look. :D
 

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Last time I mentioned that to SWMBO, she gave me the "you better be kidding or you will never sleep in a bed again, let alone with me" look. :D
I think a decent computer should cost you between $65-$100. Plus, autozone has one that I believe you can rent which would be super cheap. If you take it to them, they'll hook it up and let you know what the code is. Then, it's just a matter of figuring out what the problem it.

FWIW, it sounds to me like your transmission is F'd.
 
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Well, just sold it to someone that is willing to get it fixed for their own use, I get a little less than I wanted for it, but with this POS I'm glad to get anything :D
 
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it helps when you already have someone who has come up to you with a "if you change your mind I want it" :D
 

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Sorry to hear you sold it. It was probably just the shift module on the back of the tras-axle. $50-60 part, and once you have to aftermarket one, you can adjust your shifts(better accel/lower OD rpm) with the turn of a screw.
 
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It goes without saying that your Transmission Fluid is topped off, right? Right?
of course, I mean I am not a COMPLETE idiot under the hood :D I just know jack-diddly about automatic transmissions... Other than keep them full and change the filter now and again...
 
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