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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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My C4 problems

I have posted here before with my C4 problems, really that is all I have had is problems with my C4. Here is where I am now. I had my tranny rebuilt last year by a local shop. I know that they do a lot of race stuff Ford and Chevy. Locally they would be the best. I put the tranny back in and it was leaking all over the place. There was a plug missing from a diagnostic port at the top of the tranny, but that wasn't the only leak, the gasket behind the pump was leaking pretty bad too. Out comes the tranny. I decided I could change the gasket and get it back on the road that day. So I went to pull the bell housing and one of the bolts wouldn't come out. It was stripped in there and I had to pry it out. When I pryed it out the boss in the case split open. So the case was junk. Then I got a case on ebay and took it back for another rebuild. I told the shop the story and he didn't charge me a dime to put the guts from the old case into the new case. So I took him a case of beer for his trouble. Great. Then I put my brand new rebuilt tranny back in the car and it lasted 3 miles. That is it 3 miles. The tranny just cooked. The temp gauge just swept like a tach. Here is what I can report on the troubles. When the tranny worked before the first rebuild I had to hold the tranny break button for reverse. This time, it just went into reverse I didn't need to hold the button. The tranny brake worked though so I think the solenoid was working. The tranny over heated in 1st and 3rd, but 2nd was fine. So I put it on the trailer (in 2nd gear) and took the whole car back. I wanted him to look at the installation and see if there is anything I did wrong. To me there isn't a great deal that I could have done wrong. The torque converter slips in and then slips in (2 steps) bolts on that, bolt the tranny in, hook up cooler lines, (I have a tranny cooler the size of a small car radiator from Modine, pretty trick), and hooked up the linkage. I adjust the linkage in 2nd gear which was his recommendation. Put the trans in 2nd, and the shifter in 2nd and the pin on the cable should go freely in and out of the hole in the linkage. Filled her up and made it 3 miles. Sorry for the long story, but do any of the experts have a gut feeling about what could have gone wrong?
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Jason
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-12-2007, 03:25 AM
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My C4 problems

You have a manual shift valve with a tranny brake - and you didn't need to press the break button for reverse to work? I'd say the rear servo was over tightened. You say it over heated in low and high - that means that there are probably two gears engaged at the same time - maybe the intermediate band was out of adjustment too.
Without the tranny I can only guess - I would have stopped running it when it didn't work right the first time - and definitely when it overheated the first time. Let us know what they tell you, OK?
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