Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems in popular cars



Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem is a common vehicle problem that happens to most car brands and models. The following is a sample list of Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems reported in most popular vehicles.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Chevrolet Impala

The car was a 2012 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 2G1WG5E30C_. Failed torque converter. The torque converter would slip when shifting from reverse to forward (drive). It would slam into drive, grin the gears and cause the tires to squeak (spin). On April 28, hedrick's Chevrolet 961 w shaw, clovis, CA, replaced the original torque converter, with a remanufactured convertor, part number 17804457 (1), plus the following parts:17804457(1)-core return, 24264377 (1)- seal kit, 25886620(2)- gasket,10333578(1) - gasket, 12609163(1) - gasket. It is a warranty clovered part. This issue happened on Apr. 14, 2014.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Chevrolet Silverado

The car involved is a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. This fault has been present since the first week of owning my 2012 Silverado crew cab lt equipped with the 5. 3 liter and 6 speed transmission. Upon slowing to a stop, the truck surges and lunges forward as the transmission downshifts between gears, and is most noticeable when traveling up or down hills. The failure mode can be technically described as the following sequence of events: 1. Slowing to a stop (coasting), engine begins riding out 4th gear (for example). 2. Apply brakes; transmission downshifts to 3rd, and engine rpms increase to compensate for dynamics of shifting. Torque converter immediately engages the engine to the wheels. As the engine is at a high rpm level, an accelerating load is applied to the wheels, while braking. 3. This creates an unintended surge of acceleration, which is then also noticeable through the remaining gears (truck slows, then surges, slows, then surges until coming to a complete stop). I have also verified that this is a common complaint in the online forums, and many people are experiencing this fault. In fact, one of the dealerships actually informed me that many of his customers go to an aftermarket shift program to avoid the issue. I have tried this, and it did not resolve the issue. Each time the transmission is evaluated at the dealership, the daps (digital parameters) are "reset" (according to the service shops), and the truck drives fantastically. However, roughly 10 miles later, it is back to exhibiting the exact same failure mode. Dealership has troubleshot this fault extensively, and has stated that this mode of operation is "normal" - I asked them to explain how forward acceleration during braking was "normal", and of course they could not. It was 09/28/12 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Chrysler 300

Consumer has a 2013 Chrysler 300 c. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle failed to increase speed despite the accelerator pedal being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The contact was advised that the torque converter may have to be changed. The dealer replaced the transmission filter and solenoid. The failure recurred and was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 13,957. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred 09/27/2013.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Chrysler Town & Country

The vehicle having this issue was a 2011 Chrysler town and country. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 2A4RR8DGXB_. In drive, transmission jerks like a fish tugging on a line at low speeds. In reverse, transmission pulsates greatly when backing up an inclined driveway. Not all the time, but more after it is run a while. Had van to dealer twice and reflashed and tested transmission pump pressure, said it was normal. Compared to new vans on lot, said all were the same way. Lately, service mgr said you are not the first today with this complaint. Many blogs report users with these problems. One said it is due to the small torque converter that Chrysler used in this front wheel drive design. Jeep forums report the same problems with models using the 3. 6 l v6. Its sad when a 100 year old auto maker can not get the basics right. This problem occurred on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Dodge Charger

Vehicle identification number (VIN): 2B3KA53H56_. I have a 2006 Dodge Charger r/t with the 5. 7. At least once per day (and often much more often), during acceleration, car will go into "limp" mode, where the engine or transmission will stop producing power to the wheels. Engine light will "ding" and rpm will drop from acceleration rpm down to about 2000 rpm and cause the car to hesitate, creating an especially dangerous situation on highway merging. Car will come back on line after about 1-2 seconds, and run normally. The more I push the acceleration, the more likely to occur. Also, car will simply stall at low speeds or while in idle. I bought the car about 30 days ago, and reported to the dealership immediately, and they duplicated the issue. They thought it could be a short, but after 3 hours labor (they covered this cost), did not correct it. They do not know what it is, and are next looking into a torque converter possiblility, and also looking at the throttle body. Not sure at this time if they will come good for the fix in the long term. This stalling loss of power and going into "limp mode" seems to be excessively common on these cars, according to blogs and Dodge sites online. While the local dealership has been extremely helpful and greta t work with so far, this should fall on Dodge itself, not the dealer, to make good for, as it seems to be a prevelant and dangerous issue. Very dangerous situation, and Dodge/chrystler should make this right for everyone. The failure date was Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Dodge Magnum

The vehicle is a 2005 Dodge Magnum. Bought an 05 hemi awd Magnum w/20,000 miles in 07. Warranty expired at 85,000miles. Problems after problems, rack and pinion fixed, egr valve fixed, torque converter replaced once and still having the same issue. Shudders, vibrations, hard engine noises and stalls, pulls to the right, electrical problems with windows, sunroof, seats, gps, instrument cluster, power outlets, hood and hatchback just fall down and bump your head. Passenger seat was missing bolts and wasn't fastened to frame. $200 keyless entry key replacement. No where near 24 mpg more like 14 down a flat 55mph highway. Currently 114,000 miles oil always changed around 3,000 miles and had a 3 tranny flushes. Take it to certified Dodge dealerships and they cant figure out what is wrong with any of those problems and try and tell me that's the way it is. Uhhhhhhhuh. . . . . Lemon?. This issue happened on 04/01/2007.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Ford Taurus

The vehicle involved is a 2005 Ford Taurus. Was going up highway,then without any warning rpms raced,managed to get to side of road no warnings nothing. Starts fine. Any gear seems like neutral or park. Looked online and found several complaints about torque converter splines not being thick enough. The failure date was May. 3, 2014.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Ford Edge

The vehicle was a 2007 Ford Edge. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 2FMDK38C77_. Went from reverse to forward, acted like there were no lower gears. Was able to limp home about 1 mile. Put it into reverse, loud bang, shook entire car, backed into car port, shutoff car, then no restart. Massive amount of obd codes, had mechanic remove transmission, torque converter failure and thrust bearing destroyed, I feel very lucky that transmission didn't fail on highway causing me to have an accident on my way to work as a childrens swim instructor. It was 04/28/2014 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of GMC Acadia

The vehicle is a 2009 GMC Acadia. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1GKEV23D79_. Broke down, car felt like it would not shift into second gear then just died. Dealer found a cracked wave plate, cracked clutch housing (clutches worn), cylinder excessively worn, torque converter full of metal. No sign of any computer alerts or check engine signals until break-down. Repaired all for $2820. 15. Said it would have been covered if under 100,000 miles. Sounds like planned obsolesence, or just poor manufacturing. No more american cars for me. This issue happened on 03/26/14.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of GMC Acadia

The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 GMC Acadia. Purchased 2008 Acadia in March 2012. Eight (8) months after purchase while driving with infant son in vehicle, without any warning or lights the car lost all power. Luckily, a serious accident didn't occur. The transmission had completely failed. The cause was a broken 3-5 waveplate, the transmission had heat damage, and material throughout. Our local GMC dealer service department removed, torn down, and overhauled the transmission. This service was covered under a 5 year 100,000mi warranty. It has been 1 year and the transmission is slow to change gears and shaking rumbling at 20mph and 40mph. I called my local dealer they were unable to set up an appointment for 4 days, the car is now at the dealership. I was told it needs $4,900. 00 of work. The cause of the shake and rumble during acceleration is the failure of the torque converter ($2,000). The torque converter was replaced with a remanufactured torque converter, when the transmission was rebuilt 13 months ago. When I asked gm to replace the torque converter, I was told I was lucky it lasted more than 12,000mi. Very disappointed with gm. The transmissions are defective and the are aware of this issue, they put a band aid on the car until it passed 100,000mi,and no longer covered by warranty and now the consumers problem. I do not consider myself lucky that my car spent 7 days in the shop last November and now has been in the shop 4 days with no end in sight, for the same issue. It was Thursday, October 25, 2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Acura MDX

The vehicle involved is a 2004 Acura Mdx. On the highway going 65 mph when the acceleration suddenly froze up, rpms shot up to 4000 -5000, the car started shaking and I had to quickly pull to the side of the highway to avoid being crashed into by other cars. After I pulled over, I turned off the engine, then re-started, so I resumed driving but after driving two miles my car did the same thing once it hit 2500 rpms. Again I pulled over. I restarted my car again and slowly drove my car home. The next day, I called an Acura dealership, explained the situation to a service provider. They said they couldn't diagnosis over the phone and said they did not know about a relevant recall. I then had my car towed to a nearby repair shop where they told me that the car would not reverse or accelerate. The service man said he thinks the transmission is broken. I'm now reading how this is very common problem with the '04 Mdx. My mother called Acura to say that I have read that this issue seems to be a very common occurrence with '04 Mdxs but was told that they would not help and were not aware of this make/model having issues with anything other than the rear differential torque converter. The woman she spoke with was very rude and very dismissive. Said my car was too old for Acura to be responsible for any mechanical issues and that I had never had the car serviced (which I have. ) she was very condescending in her speech to my mother despite the fact that this is a known common problem and which almost killed me. They should make people aware that the torque converter problem is only the "tip of the iceberg" within a potentially much broader scope problem. Had I known, I sure would have addressed this before almost getting killed!! how many people didn't get their torque converter replaced because they did not know the big picture??. This problem occurred on 01/20/2014.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Acura MDX

When driving my 2003 Acura Mdx (SUV), last fall, the transmission began to slip out of gear at low speeds. It would be in 3rd gear as I would slow to make a turn or enter a parking area. When I finished a turn and began to accelerate, the car was no longer in gear and the engine just revs as if it was in neutral. In traffic, I would have to bring the Mdx to a complete stop (rpm to zero) and then the transmission would re-engage and move forward again. Soon, I was having to put the car in a lower gear to get it to move forward and each time the car decelerates, the transmission slips. In moving traffic, having to make a complete stop in the middle of a street or when entering the highway, etc. , is dangerous. I have stopped driving the car because I cannot trust it to keep moving in regular traffic. I was not aware of the torque converter bulletin / recall on the car (I am second owner), even though I have kept up with scheduled maintenance. I contacted Acura (hoy fox Acura, el paso, TX) for assistance, but they were dismissive when they discovered I did not purchase my Acura from them. Acura north America customer relations has also been contacted, and are telling me the vehicle is out of warranty (it currently has 200,000 miles, but is no longer safe to drive due to the transmission failure). I have reviewed and researched a huge amount of 2003 Mdx transmission failures from 45k miles to 200,000 miles (my issue began at about 150,000 miles). Documentation online reflects that Acura Mdx has been plagued with transmission problems. There is also literature and documentation linking transmission failure to the torque converter issues in this model. This is my first Acura, and I do like it enough to purchase another one. Not sure I will be that "loyal", though, after this situation. Many owners suggest filing a complaint with NHTSA. This problem occurred on August 15, 2013.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Honda Pilot

The car is a 2005 Honda Pilot. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5FNY18445B_. Transmission shudder between 35-40 mph. This is a well known problem that is caused by a failing torque converter. It was Apr. 2, 2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Honda Civic

The car was a 2001 Honda Civic. Driving at 50 mph on road, heard a clunking noise and engine light came on. Drove two miles, then came to a stop light, I stopped, but when I tried to accelerate, the gears were gone and the car would not move forward. Had car towed to a local mechanic who determined that the car had torque converter clutch failure (code p0740) and incorrect gear ratio (code p0730) and needs a new transmission (approx. 1800 to be rebuilt). I did not notify the manufacturer. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred 03/24/14.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Hyundai Veracruz

The vehicle was a 2007 Hyundai Veracruz. Hyundai 2007 Veracruz limited. Does not downshift properly. On multiple occasions I have had to slow my speed in freeway congestion and the car does not downshift, even with tapping on the brake. The car stays in 5th or 6th gear to speeds as low as 20 mph. I have literally had to stop the car completely to get it to shift down. The car has no power to move quickly when necessary in these conditions (such as for a lane change). Additionally, the car does not shift properly at approximately 30-40 mph and the engine lugs, causing a very bumpy ride and near stalls on hills . This condition occurs with driving on inclines, in stop-and-go traffic such as freeway slow-downs, and with around-town driving at a standard municipal speed of 30-35 mph. I have had my car to two different Hyundai dealerships for diagnosis and service on five separate occasions. Despite that two mechanics, two service managers, one general manager, and the factory representative have all ridden in the car and verified the condition, the fact that the computer cannot diagnose a specific problem has resulted in zero repairs and zero resolution to this problem. Mechanics have speculated that the torque converter is not functioning properly, that the vehicle needs a new computer, and possibly that it needs an entirely new transmission but the factory representative will not authorize such repairs. He is relying entirely on a computer diagnosis instead of human logic and common sense. I am currently pursuing the lemon law in my state and Hyundai's current position is that "there is nothing wrong" with the car and they will do nothing further. This issue happened on Sep. 30, 2007.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Hyundai Sonata

The reporting person owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. When a passenger is seated in the passenger seat, the air bag light dimmed. The passenger weighed 105 lbs. The dealer stated that the air bag remains off because of the weight of the passenger. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle shook and made a noise. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by a torque converter shutter that was causing the transmission to shift into overdrive. No repairs were made because the dealer stated that the failure was a fuel economy feature and the repair was not allowed. While driving 50 mph, the contact heard a lot of wind noise. The failure mileage was 186 and current mileage was 1,900. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred 12/24/07.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Infiniti G35

The vehicle involved is a 2008 Infiniti G35. The VIN of the problem G35 is JNKBV61F78_. Vehicle will shake/shudder at approximately 40 mph. Torque converter engages in lock up in 5th gear, and/or releases the lock up in 5th gear around 40mph. It was Jun. 9, 2011 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Infiniti I35

I have had two transmissions in this 2002 Infiniti I35 and now may have to have the third. Summer of 2011 I experienced intermittent issues with the engine racing and the transmission apparently disengaging, with no power to the wheels. First time I took it to the dealer they couldn't detect any problems as there was no service engine soon warning on the dash board so their computer couldn't detect a problem. Happened again and the technician told me not to turn the ignition off when I got to the shop but to let the engine keep running. He drove the car back to the shop and hooked it up to the computer. The problem was diagnosed as the torque converter clutch function code along with p0720 and p1574, check engine light concer – ip006, (failing), and I was told I had to have both a torque converter and a transmission. The price for a new one was too high and I opted for a used torque converter/transmission and now, 5/2/2012, less than a year later I am having the same problem as before. Several times this loss of power to the wheels has happened when pulling into traffic and is extremely dangerous. Another issue is the suspension and steering. I have had to replace the struts because the front end would vibrate veer left and right and lose some control over the steering when driving over rough pavement. Even after strut replacement the issue still persists. August of 2011 around the same time transmission was replaced I had to replace the radiator which burst at a seam. It was replaced before the transmission and at a different shop, and not at the dealer's shop. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred Thursday, August 11, 2011.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Jeep Grand Cherokee

Tl-the vehicle involved is a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee laredo. The contact stated that while driving up a hill at 35 mph, the vehicle shuddered upon acceleration. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the transmission fluid and then informed the contact that the torque converter clutch needed to be replaced. The dealer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05v396000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to call NHTSA to file a complaint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000. Mah. The failure date was Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Jeep Liberty

The vehicle involved is a 2005 Jeep Liberty. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1J8GL48565_. This Liberty crd has had multiple transmission problems under original warranty, engine was detuned to prevent torque converter problems, after warranty I still had problems. On 11/27/ 2012 going to work merging on toll way car lost power. Turned out to be torque converter blew up and destroyed transmission. Even though car has 130,000 miles, transmission in car never had more than 40,000 due to the many times it was removed. It was Nov. 27, 2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Land Rover Range Rover

The car was a 2002 Land Rover Range Rover. Pulled up at traffic lights, on green went to pull away, drive would not engage. Selected neutral then drive to hear loud grinding noise. Selected neutral again and called wrecker to recover. Land rover dealer reported mis-alignment of front differential, causing front diff splines to fail. Repair costs $1,000. It was 11/05/2007 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Land Rover Freelander

The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. While driving down the street, the transmission seemed to slip. I scheduled a service appointment with the dealer whom stated that the car could still be used. As time went by, the failure became worse, up to the point that you could not depend on the transmission to work safely. We decided to park the car and wait for the day of service. The car was taken in and the transmission was deemed to have failed. The torque converter and all gear clutches had failed. The transmission was replaced. The repair shop did admit that Land Rover was aware of defective units, but did not make this public. The repair house was supposed to confirm off the old transmission that it was from the bad set and this was the case. Our transmission was replaced. This problem occurred on Monday, October 30, 2006.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Lexus RX300

The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Lexus Rx300. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Lexus Rx300 is JTJGF10U12_. Failure of torque converter in automatic transmission, resulting in total failure of automatic transmission. Vehicle disabled on busy freeway. No prior warning, no engine check light, no transmission temperature alarm. This problem occurred on Saturday, Sep. 1, 2007.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Lexus RX300

The car involved was a 2002 Lexus Rx300. The VIN of this vehicle is JTJGF10U12_. Failure of torque converter in automatic transmission, resulting in total failure of automatic transmission. Vehicle disabled on busy freeway. No prior warning, no engine check light, no transmission temperature alarm. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on 09/01/2007.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Lincoln LS

The vehicle is a 2003 Lincoln Ls. The VIN of this Ls is 1LNHM86S13_. Shifts hard, when in 20-30 mph, in gear 2 and 3. After diagnostic, dealer said it may be transmission, but they have to tear it apart. If bands, torque converter, or solenoid pack they have to tear down and rebuild. He did say that one of the solenoids went outer if bands were bent, they would have to rebuild the transmission for a cost of $2500 - $3500. I have read all over the internet where people are complaining about hard shifting and transmission problems. It seems that the part was defective by design. One person said that they bought a kit that fixes the design flaw - 5rw master servo bore repair kit (Ford 5r55w/s/n). It is not made by Ford, it seems they are too cheap to fix the real problem. They should listen to peoples concerns. I am also going to call the 800 number for Ford Lincoln and send them a letter. Would use with any tranny rebuild. The final cost of the repair is now at $4000. 00. Yikes. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred Wed., Feb. 29, 2012.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Lincoln Town Car

Our 2006 Lincoln Town Car, with 3,500 miles, has a significant safety defect. When on an incline, facing downhill, the car will roll forward while in reverse. In addition, if the car is facing uphill in drive, it will roll backwards. The car will reach speeds of 6 mph rolling in the opposite direction of what gear the automatic transmission is in. We have had several near accidents trying to exit parking lots. Ford states they specifically designed this into the vehicle in order to have it pass emissions testing (they reduced the idle speed and altered the performance of the torque converter). They have put their customers (seniors) at risk. It was 03/04/07 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mazda Tribute

2006 Mazda Tribute s awd - VIN# 4f2cz94156km04192 vehicle stalled out while making a left turn at an intersection. There is a TSB for this issue, however, the dealerships do not honor it and only state it is to make us aware of a know problem. Nhtsa: action number: 10039105 service bulletin number: 312789 report date: may 16, 2011 component: power train summary: Mazda: the engine is stalling when stopping or engaging into drive or reverse. It may be intermittent and usually occurs on long drives. It may be caused by internal wear of the torque converter. This appears to not be only occuring to me, but to other people too. A recall needs to be issued on this. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on 08/15/2013.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mazda MAZDA6

The car involved is a 2008 Mazda Mazda6. I took my car to the Mazda dealership after having experienced the 'at' light come on and a jolting in shifting gears and a real " drag" when trying to accelerate. I was told that the following fault codes "'torque converter clutch pressure control solenoid intermittent" and "transmission fluid pressure sensor/switch" indicate that I need a new transmission. I called the manufacturer because I was shocked that I would need a new transmission for a 5 year old car. I only average 12,500 miles per year, have had regular maintenance, have never heard of a transmission breaking down on such a " young" car. I believe they built the car with a poor quality product and now they will not take responsibility for it. Even prior to the current mileage I had noticed that the car was jerky and "bucks" and not powerful when accelerating but I chalked it up to it being a 4 cylinder car-- prior to this vehicle I had owned 6 cylinder vehicles-- so I didn't know that perhaps these things were an indication of a failing transmission. I tried to explain to the dealership that I felt that Mazda may have a faulty/ cheap transmission and I should not be responsible for a new transmission but they would not hear me out. A transmission should not break down after only 5 years. My previous cars lasted until 120,000 -150,000 without major breakdowns. I am livid and I feel I have no recourse. I hope someone investigates this matter. What a huge let down!!! there is no " zoom zoom" in this car. What a farce!!!!! I don't know how I will pay for this. I can't be the only one complaining of this issue. It was Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mercedes Benz C Class

The vehicle involved is a 2004 Mercedes Benz C Class. 2004 Mercedes Benz c- class wagon. Consumer writes in regards to defect that allows coolant to leak into the transmission, requiring replacement of the transmission, torque converter and radiator the consumer stated he was forced to spend over six thousand dollars to have the transmission replaced, to correct a defect Mercedes Benz was aware of. This problem occurred on Nov. 1, 2011.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mercedes Benz E500

Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is WDBUF70J73_. I purchased a 2003 Mercedes Benz E500 which was out of warranty. Shortly after purchasing the car my transmission started losing power on the expressway and making a loud roar from the back of the car. The car then started stuttering while at 60mph which posed a danger to myself , my family, and cars around me. This problem almost caused cars behind me to hit me because of the sudden loss of power. I immediately took my car to the shop and it turned out that glycol leaked into my transmission due to a faulty valeo radiator in my 2003 mercedes E500. I was told the trans was completely shot and had to pay over 10k for the trans, torque converter, and the radiator. The mechanic also showed me a tech bulletin p-b-27. 55/50f and that this problem is widespread. When I brought this to the attention of the mercedes dealer they wanted to charge me double of what my mechanic charge me and I couldn't afford it. They did not offer to fix the problem for free even though their radiator was faulty. My car only had 30,000 miles at the time of the trans going out on me. This was a dangerous mechanical failure as the car looses power and can cause serious damages if there is not a recall action taken. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred Friday, November 23, 2007.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mercury Sable

The vehicle was a 2003 Mercury Sable. The VIN of this vehicle was 1MEFM55S43_. I left home for work. All parts of vehicle working fine. I put my blinkers on to make a left turn, which I executed. Half-way down the street, the car began to lose power, but was still running. I tried shifting to another gear - nothing. There was no warning, no sound, just nothing. I attempted to get the car to the side of the one way street with parking on both sides. I could not move the car. Thankfully this did not occur on an interstate, or I would have been killed. Had to call aaa, get the vehicle towed. My garage said it was catastrophic torque converter loss. He has done 5 2003 vehicles just this year. My husband just had major heart surgery; is not working, and now I have to come up with over $2,000 to get a rebuilt transmission. Ford/Mercury has known about these catastrophic failures for years now -- and nothing is done. Does it take someone being killed before there is action? this is not fair the american consumers who try to buy american products and get screwed in the end! my next car. . . Just may be from another country. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred 03/31/2014.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mercury Monterey

The car is a 2006 Mercury Monterey. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 2MRDA22246_. Was at at stop light went to pull off and it stopped and lost power at the light pulled over to the shoulder had it towed. The mechanic told me it was the torque converter issue that Ford recalled for the 2005 year Mercury Monterey but not for the 2006 year model. I called Ford and the told me they was sorry but there was nothing they can or could do for me. This problem occurred on Tue., Jan. 14, 2014.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mitsubishi Outlander

Vehicle is a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. Took it to ideal Mitsubishi automotive group 645 s. Highway 92 sierra vista, az 85635 520-458-4808. They flushed the transmission on 6-13-05, and on 6-14-05 she was on a pull out with her foot on the brake when the vehicle began to accelerate and the wheels started to spin. She contacted dealership on 6-14-05 and left a message. On 6-20-05 she was stopped at an intersection while accelerating very slowly and turning right, it had a power surge, which caused it to be pushed into the other lane. Also, on 6-20-05 while after vehicle surged and jumped forward in the lane like it was bucking while driving about 20-30 mph. Contacted them again and they did not know how to retrieve their voice mail that was why they did not call her back. They told her to bring vehicle back , and they did nothing wrong, and that it had to be some other malfunction. Between 6-13 and 6-21 there were other occurrences which the consumer has not documented. On 6-21-05 took it to a local mechanic ,tigers service center 160 east calle sonora nogales, az 85621 520-377-2810, they told consumer that there was no transmission fluid showing on the stick. The mechanics put in transmission fluid and reinstalled the air filter so that the casing would shut. When they found the rubber gasket from the old air filter. They gave her a TSB . 0323006 subject- torque converter vibration. While at the mechanics the consumer called the dealership and had them to talk to each other. The dealership sent the special transmission fluid to the mechanics at no charge. On 6-24 -05 she sent a letter by registered mail to the dealership addressing her concern. 6-27-05 she called the dealership service manager, he said, that there were holes in her story. On 7-11-05 she took it back the mechanics before going on vacation, and there were no problems with it. The failure date was 06/14/05.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The car involved was a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. I'd noticed previously my car would shake as if it was going to fall dead, but wouldn't or there would be a thump like someone had hit me and the car would move slightly. This would only happen when the car was stationary at a light/stop sign or if I was waiting to make a turn. On yesterday, after taking my car in for scheduled maintenance and having that maintenance completed, I left the dealership. On my way home, I was waiting to turn into a parking lot car shook as if it were about to fall dead ,then lunged forward. I called the dealership to alert them and advised them that the incident frightened me. I was told by the service advisor that another woman with the same type of car had reported a similar incident and had to bring her car in and that they had to replace her engine. I was told at this time, they belied it might be the torque converter. I drove the car back to the dealership and was told they would keep the car, and a technician would drive it to see if the same thing occurred. I called today 3/19/01 and was told by gary, that the technician drove the car for 1 hour and nothing happened. Then out of the blue , the same thing I described had occurred. I was told he had a call into the engineering line and they were waiting to hear back. I advised gary I did not want that car back until I was comfortable this would not happen again. He said a TSB had been issued on this situation, but when I checked the website, I was unable to find it. I located only recall info. On the hydraulic brake system. This problem occurred on Mon., Mar. 18, 2002.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Nissan Frontier

The vehicle was a 2007 Nissan Frontier. Transmission failed due to radiator leakage into transmission fluid. Just out of warranty! Nissan claims powertrain warranty will not cover since it is a radiator problem which causes the failure. ----- leaking coolant causes transmission failure an alarming number of Nissan xterra, pathfinder and Frontier owners are stepping forward with stories about how cracked radiators are causing coolant to leak into the transmission. Once mixed with the transmission fluid this lethal combination kills the valves, seals and torque converter -- rendering your entire transmission useless. This issue is currently contained to the 2005¿2010 model years. Some articles online claim that being aware of the proper warning signs may help prevent your Nissan from needing a rebuilt transmission. These warning signs are: heavy vibration while shifting heavy vibration while accelerating abrupt stalling shuddering noises car doesn't warm up when sitting owners who have had their radiator crack are claiming that even if you catch it early, your transmission is still doomed trouble due to this engineering / manufacturing defect. You can read their stories over at carcomplaints. Com for the three Nissan models that are showing the defect: pathfinder: 2007, 2006, 2005 xterra: 2005, 2006, 2007 Frontier: 2005. 2006, 2007 perhaps even more troubling is owners who have already had their transmissions "repaired" by an authorized Nissan dealer are still reporting catastrophic transmission failure. Through no fault of their own, Nissan owners who are out of warranty are left to cover the hefty repair bill, which can be over $4,500 when all is said and done. It was May. 28, 2013 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Nissan Altima

The vehicle involved was a 2013 Nissan Altima. The VIN of this vehicle is 1N4BL3AP6D_. My cvt transmission problem was at 900-miles took to dealer wilkes Nissan in wilkesboro,nc like 8-times and 2-times to another. Cvt would shudder at highway speeds. Wilkes Nissan said that was normal in one sentence,then in the next say they could not get it to duplicate. After several attempts to get it fixed the service manager jim barre was walking out in the service bay and was telling me as my girlfriend was hearing this that "Nissan knows that this is a problem,but doesn't have a fix for this and that they should have never let that out of the factory like that" while he was saying this a employee had walked by and overheard this. And he was shortly fired afterwards?they took my car in and had it for like 2-days and put a 124-miles on my car,I had explained that he didn't need to do that just take off get up to highway speeds and slow down then take off,it will start to shudder. I came down and got the service manager jeff walters and the tech rode with me and I got it to shudder inside of 15-minuets with them with me. We got back to the dealership and within 15-minuets mr. Walters service manger said "we just got a techincal service bulletin in October 2013 in which was a lie. I found out a technical service bulletin was issued on June 13th 2013 for a "cvt clutch engagement shudder" & mr. Walters looked mad when we got back from the test drive. They decided to replace the torque convertor and had my car for 16-days,when I returned to pick up the car,the wilkes Nissan delership said that everything was fine and within 11-miles they car started shuddering again at slow speeds as well as highway speeds. I was got so sick from all the arguing that I went into the hospital in December 2013 for 5-days. I had the problem and was sick for months so when I started to feel better. I took the car down to wilkes and they said Nissan refused to work on my car even though under warranty. This issue happened on Aug. 3, 2013.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of SAAB 95

The car is a 2002 SAAB 9-5. Transmission "clunk" occurred with shifting from reverse to drive. Dealer diagnosed valve body and recommended transmission rebuild. Aamco diagnosed same issue resulting from metal shavings being released from torque converter into transmission. Entire transmission including torque coverter needed to be replaced at 74,000 miles. It was June 14, 2007 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of SAAB 9-3

The car was a 1999 SAAB 9-3. : the contact stated the vehicle stalled while driving 45-50 mph on a snow covered highway. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who determined the recognition cassette module failed. The dealership was not notified. There were no prior problems with the vehicle. The check engine light illuminated at the time of the incident. Updated 11/3/2006 - on 11/24/05 the vehicle's direct ignition cassette failed without warning which caused the vehicle to stall while being driven in the snow. After replacement of the direct ignition cassette the repair facility also had to replace two oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter. The technician said it was possible that raw fuel damaged the catalytic converter during the initial failure of the direct ignition cassette. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on Tuesday, June 27, 2006.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Saturn VUE

The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5GZCZ53485_. I own a 2005 Saturn Vue with 54,000 miles and have, for the past year, experienced a shudder in the transmission between 25 and 40 mph. The shudder occurs regularly during slow acceleration. The dealership hasn't, until recently, been able to diagnose the problem. The dealership has now told me that I need a new torque converter, which will be installed tomorrow. In addition, I've been experience squeaking in my suspension everytime I turn or go over a bump in the road. My car is only 3 years old and shouldn't be experiencing these problems. I will now be taking my car back to the dealership to have the suspension looked at. It was July 15, 2008 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Saturn VUE

The car had a crash. Problem 1: my 2004 Saturn awd v6 Saturn Vue has developed a "shudder" in the drive train that's prevalent in the 20 -25 and 30-35mph range under moderate acceleration or coasting. Hooked up to a code reader, no codes appear; however, the torque converter is slipping as it displays a read out of over 8,000 rpm's when this occurs and the tachometer bounces back and forth with the shudder. Frequency of occurrence is higher in hotter weather and when car has been driven for several minutes. Slight whine also noticed by the transmission mechanic. Problem 2: this problem was noticed on 03-28-08. Vehicle was also purchased with defective horn. Two + weeks after the car was purchased I was hit in the rear quarter panel by a careless teenager that did not look before he backed out of his parking space. I realized shortly after that my horn was not properly working. There was no way I could have sounded the horn to alert him that he was about to back into me if had wanted to. Had it repaired recently in which the horn was found to be completely non-operational. Once repaired, it was apparent that all was working well with the horn as it honks when the doors are locked. We did not realize that the car would do that at the time that we purchased it. That should have been a big clue to the dealership that it was not functioning properly. I've been told that selling a car without a properly functioning horn is a safety violation. I'm appalled that this was not caught by the dealership! more over, they stuck me with an expensive bill to replace something that should have been operational at the time of sale! problem 3: repaired on 05-22-08. Also, both lower control arm bushings had to be replaced as they were found to have separated. Major front end noises heard prior to this getting fixed and slop in the front end when driving. Felt like car might loose control when cornering!. It was 03/28/2008 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Subaru Outback

On two separate occasions, my 2005 Subaru Outback got stuck after incurring a minor obstruction (several inches of snow in one case and a somewhat sharp incline in another case) while driving in high altitudes (10,000 ft to 11,500 ft). On both occasions, the car suddenly lost most of its power and no wheels would turn. Despite pressing the accelerator to the floor, the engine never went above 2000 rpms. Fortunately, on both occasions, there were people around to push the car. Once the tires were totally free of any obstruction, normal engine power returned and the car could be driven. I took the Subaru to my home dealership in olathe KS (jack miller) on June 29, 2005, a couple weeks after the first incident. Dealer said he could not replicate the problem , so he could not fix it. The invoice notes: "2000 rpm is appox torque converter stall speed. " following the second problem on July 20, I took my car to john elway Subaru west in golden CO. Dealer invoice says:" if tires were not spinning, car had traction and was not able to build boost at altitude to produce power. " dealer, however, said they could not replicate the inability to build boost, and were thus unable to fix the car. I filed a verbal complaint with Subaru of America on July 27 and followed up on July 29. As of then, Subaru of America was still trying to contact the dealer. Subaru markets its cars as having superior performance in the mountains, snow and in difficult driving conditions. Subaru enjoys a large market share in the colorado mountains, where both my "not able to build boost" problems occurred. My car cannot be safely driven in the CO mountains, particularly on mountain passes or dirt roads, because help may not be available to get the car running again. I do not know if my experiences are isolated or part of a larger problem. In either case, I am disappointed that Subaru has been unwilling or unable to fix this potentially serious safety issue. This issue happened on Wednesday, July 20, 2005.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Subaru Outback

The car involved was a 2004 Subaru Outback. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 4S3BH67594_. : the contact stated the vehicle shifted roughly upon both acceleration and deceleration. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer three times who determined the rough shifting was related to a bad torque converter; however the torque converter was not replaced. Now, while stopped at a light, with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle lurches forward because the transmission engages. The vehicle has not been returned to the dealer concerning the forward motion. The failure date was 04/07/06.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Toyota Matrix

The vehicle was a 2009 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the computer was not sending the correct voltage to the transmission. As a result, the torque converter clutch solenoid malfunctioned, the transmission and pcm needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 76,660. It was 03/23/2014 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Toyota Tacoma

The car involved is a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. When driving the vehicle, upon reaching 35 to 40 miles per hour the vehicle starts to shake for about two to three seconds. After doing research on the computer and after having the problem diagnosed at the dealer, I was told that I needed a new transmission. Apparently there is a torque converter lockup problem. I was told that the TSB does not pertain to my vehicle because it is no longer under warranty. I believe that Toyota is deliberately trying to find a way to not have to fix the problem. If this is happening in other vehicles there is obviously a problem regardless of what the vehicles mileage is when the problem occurs. Toyota will generally stand by the products they sell and these are the vehicles my family has ever purchased. However, we will definitely never purchase another vehicle from Toyota again. The failure date was 01/02/14.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Volkswagen Passat

The car involved is a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is WVWPE63B14_. Power train issue: bad torque converter (tc). Why a safety issue? it can fail while on the highway sending debris into the transmission causing a catastrophic failure. Caused by a bad seal gasket. Technical bulletin # 2011908 address the issue in 2007. But the tdis were not included in the tb [same tc & transmission], and this is a very common problem in many vw, Audi and BMW vehicles, including tdis. E. G. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.. Read more...

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Volkswagen Jetta

The car involved was a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Volkswagen Jetta is 3VWSF71K17_. Tiptronic transmission failure to defective valve body that should have been covered under extended warranty but denied by vw. Took car in several times during the extended warranty period that I purchased, one time for shifting issues at low speeds. They were unable to duplicate problem and there were no error codes. The extended warranty that I purchased but the extended warranty issued by vw was good for 7 years or 100,000. At approximately 99,500 problem had been getting worse so I took it back to the dealership. I was informed that it still was not throwing an error code but in the master technician's opinion, the transmission had a problem but it was not the fault of the valve body, the covered part. Also, this is a non-serviceable transmission meaning the entire transmission would have to be replaced rather than rebuilding. Took to an independent service center who diagnosed it as a defective valve body (the part covered under the extended warranty). In the process of replacing the defective part, a rebuild kit and torque converter were replaced as part of this process. Submitted the invoices to vw. Received letter that payment for repairs was denied because the invoices that I submitted stated that "the repair performed were to replace the entire transmission and torque converter". Not true. Called customer service. Detailed everything I did here. After some checking, the representative "regretted" to inform me that they could not help in covering the costs of the repair. To say that I am frustrated beyond belief is putting it mildly. It was Oct. 26, 2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Volvo V70

I have a 2001 Volvo V70 xc wagon. The car was revving high for a while when shifting gears, I took it to the dealership, and they told me there wasn't a problem. About a month or so later the etm failed. I was being left stranded at freeway off ramps, and green lights when the car would suddenly die. It's a miracle I wasn't rear-ended! after a terrible experience trying to get the dealership to honor the etm warranty, (they only cleaned the etm they did not replace it-saying it wasn't bad enough!), a month has passed and now my transmission has failed! the dealership gave me a $5300 estimate for replacement as it is unrepairable! I took it to our regular mechanic, and he told me the transmission failure @ 70,000 miles happened because the etm wouldn't allow the torque converter do whatever it is a torque converter does, and that caused the oil to heat up and then the resulting transmission failure. He said there is no one around who will touch my transmission. I have to use a dealer to replace it. I am completely devastated and cannot afford to replace the transmission. The car is a lemon. It has almost caused me to be involved in accidents, and I'd really appreciate it if someone could contact me about what resources I have. You are welcome to test my car! I have read on the internet about others who are experiencing the same problems with their etms and then subsequent transmission failures. Please help!. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Volvo S40

The vehicle was a 2001 Volvo S40. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was YV1VS29551_. Vehicle hesitates upon accerleration , almost to the point it feels as though it is going to stall. I had the vehicle to my local Volvo dealer back in novemeber of 2004, but after $700. 00 in diagnostic charges no problem was detected. This issue happened on Sunday, August 1, 2004.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Audi A6

The vehicle involved was a 2003 Audi A6. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is WAUVT64B83_. Torque converter disengages and power / rpm surge occurs. This issue happened on Wed., Jul. 25, 2012.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Audi RS6

The car was a 2003 Audi Rs6. Vehicle identification number (VIN): WUAPV54B03_. Check engine light came on. Investigation revealed that the torque converter was malfunctioning. This resulted in needing to replace the torque converter. The failure date was 02/28/11.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of BMW 530

Without any previous problems, the "service engine soon" light came on. The car is a 2003 BMW 530i with 68,000 miles at the time. Computer diagnosis returned "fault 30", "torque converter slipping". Recommendation was replacement of torque converter at cost of $2600. Online research of this problem found many complaints of the exact same nature. Due to conflicting advice, the car was not repaired, and has been driven for 3 months and over 3,000 miles without any problems or diminished mileage or performance. The "service engine soon" light that switches on in response to "fault 30" may indicate a non-existent problem that can lead to a costly repair. Meanwhile, the driver is left with a vehicle with a constantly lit "service engine soon" light. This can obviously create problems in selling the car or having it pass a smog check. The failure date was Fri., Oct. 18, 2013.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of BMW 530

The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 BMW 530ia. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this BMW 530ia is WBADT63432_. On may 28th 2012 on the highway, the BMW threw a service engine soon light. Using a scanner, a code p0741 was thrown. When I searched on google, I found it was very common for the e39 BMW 530ia cars housing zf manufactured transmissions to have the torque converter turbine shaft seal deteriorated causing the fault. It is unreasonable to have BMW to replace the transmission at a cost of over $4000 for a seal that is no more than $25. 00. Therefore it should be a goodwill replacement due to the manufacture of a faulty transmission with a known part failure in the first place. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on 05/28/2012.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Buick Lesabre

The vehicle involved is a 2000 Buick Lesabre. VIN of the vehicle was 1G4HP54KOY_. Transmission no longer shifts into 3rd or overdrive. With shifter in overdrive and in stopped position once you take your foot off the brake to begin acceleration the torque converter slams to a stop and the engine shuts off. Transmission fluid full at all times, engine warmed up. Repeated stalling, repeated tachometer quits. Repeated engine quits when you place in overdrive from neutral. Must start movement by placing in lower gears 1 2 or 3. This transmission never shifts out of second gear. Put it on code analyzer and got 2 codes that indicated pc solenoid torque converter solenoid issues. Seems like these 2000 Buicks have recurring defects and gm won't standby their product. Why on earth would a company that designs cars ever put a battery under a car seat. One spark with hydrogen gas under that seat could kill an infant in a car seat if it exploded. . Come on!!!. It was Thu., Jun. 7, 2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Buick Enclave

The vehicle involved was a 2011 Buick Enclave. The VIN of this Enclave is 5GAKVBED4B_. On incline when in drive -- rolls backward, indefinitely. On decline when in reverse -- rolls forward, indefinitely. This makes the vehicle extremely dangerous to parallel park on an incline/decline, as at some point you will need to take your foot off the brake to get going and when you do, the vehicle will roll forward (hopefully not hitting the car in front of you) and the accelerator will need to be applied enough to move the heavy vehicle against the grade (hopefully not so forcefully that you will risk hitting the car behind you). Service department at local dealership pointed me to owner's manual (9-25): "if the vehicle is stopped on a hill, with your foot off the brake pedal, the vehicle may roll. This is normal and is due to the torque converter designed to improve fuel economy and performance. Use the brake to hold the vehicle on a hill. Do not use the accelerator pedal. " however, this owner's manual entry is in the "drive" section, and similar statements are not mentioned within the section about "reverse. ". It was Sep. 12, 2011 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Cadillac Deville

The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Cadillac Deville is 1G6KD54Y03_. I own a 2003 Cadillac Deville with 70,700 miles. The "service engine soon" warning light appeared on vehicle control panel February 1, 2007. Local car repair technician identified and cleared warning code. Suggested I take to Cadillac dealer if the warning light reappeared. Warning light came on again wed, February 7, 2007. I made an appointment with repair shop on February 9, 2007. The torque converter, seals, gaskets and valve were replaced and the car was repaired. Old part was not given to me. My concern is this same repair has been necessary for two other Cadillac Deville car owners that I personally know within the past two years. One vehicle had approximately 60,000 miles on it while the other had 150,000. When speaking with the Cadillac customer service associate, I was told there was no recall for my vehicle. They were not interested in details of my repair or concern for a possible defect. This problem occurred on Thu., Feb. 1, 2007.

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car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of Cadillac Deville

VIN of the vehicle was 1G6KD54Y23_. The service engine light came on in my 2003 v-8 Cadillac Deville, at 82,000 miles. Dealer diagnosed transmission problem; replaced torque converter and reworked lower valve body. Dealer charged $2241 for repairs. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on Dec. 14, 2009.

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