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I have a 93 850 and was driving it today and after the light turned green, it wouldn't go anywhere. It actually went foward a few feet before not doing anything. Luckily enough I was able to get it into a parking lot and look at it. There was a bunch of what I assume was trans fluid all over where the trans joins the engine. I let it sit for about 20 minutes or so and checked the fluid, it was a little low. So I put some in, let it sit again for a few minutes and got in it and drove away. <p>Got to the car wash and decied that I didn't want the engine all gunked up with trans fluid so I washed it down. I was careful as to avoid the electrical stuff underhood. I was all done doing that (looked really great by the way) and got in it to drive away and the same thing happened. I was pissed off needless to say because I had just gotten the car and filled it up. So I call a tow truck to get it home (home was about a mile and a half away from where I was at) and after the guy drops it off out front, I get in it and start it up and throw it in reverse and it goes backward like normal. Put it in drive and it went foward like normal. <p>I don't get it, what is wrong that makes it do this? I really want to drive it around because I think it's a great car but, I am afraid to do it because I don't feel like paying another $70 or more to have it towed home. I do know that there is a lot on this transmission that is electronic, so I don't know if that would be the issue. I surely hope it's not the transmission because I know that they are going to be expensive. I hope that there is someone on here that might have an idea as to what could be wrong. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Transmission Slipping/Shot? (jlosness)

Well, stop driving it NOW.<br>You may just have a large tranny leak and the internals still ok.(maybe)<br>When ANY car runs low (even a little low) on tranny fluid it doesn't don't work properly.<br>If you continue to drive it if it's not frie by now, it surely will be if you continue to do what you're doing.<br>Big job, yes, but a reseal is a lot cheaper than replacing the transmission itself.<br>Take it to a Volvo dealer or a <B>competent</B> repair shop and now would be a good time for that AAA membership <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Transmission Slipping/Shot? (jlosness)

I was bored and was thinking about the problem at hand. I went out and cleaned the outside of the transmission to see if there were any leaks. I also used a bottle of this stuff from lube guard that's supposed to clean out the trans before you put new fluid in it. I ran that stuff through it (keep in mind that I had all of this junk laying around) and then used my trusty pela oil extractor to pull all of the old trans fluid out, it smelled really bad (like someone lit it on fire... it smelled really burned). <p>I also put in the trans after all of the fluid was out of it a bottle of lucas trans fix (like I said, I had it laying around and figured that I had nothing to loose) and topped it off with the finest trans fluid that castrol has.<p>It seems to be alright now. Reverse engages like it should (it didn't engage "normally" before), drive seems to be ok and shifts fine. I don't know what is "normal" for these cars as this is the first volvo that I have owned. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again guys (and girls). <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Transmission Slipping/Shot? (jlosness)

The problem is that your old fluid sounds like it was really bad, that alone could possibly have caused a lot of internal damage.<br>I will also bet it's still leaking, check everytime you stop. There has to be a reason it was on the ground, they just don't stop leakng all by themselves <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I would still have someone put it on a lift after you have driven it 20 or so miles
 

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Sounds like you overheated the tranny. When the tranny overheats it does start to act strange, taking a lot time to shift, rough gear changes, starts hunting for gears and sometimes won't shift even if you hit redline. You did the right thing by changing the transmission fluid, that would be the first thing I would have done. However, like already mentioned, if it's leaking, that's not normal. Changing the tranny fluid won't solve that problem. Take it to a shop to have it looked at. BTW, since you said your tranny fluid was burnt, the damage is already done. It only takes one time to damage your auto tranny when you overheat it. Just drive it till it eventually blows, then get a 5 speed <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>I'm a bit surprized that you could overheat an auto tranny on a non-turbo 850. Unless the owner never changed the oil? If you constantly have this overheating problem, an aftermarket external tranny cooler may be a good idea.
 

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Well I did drive it for about 20 or 25 minutes earlier and it just so happens that I found a shop that was open. I asked them if they would raise it up on the lift and see if there was any leaks coming from the transmission. I was told that there were no leaks, just the usual dirt bulid-up from never being washed on the undercarrage of the car. <p>On my way home, It shifted just fine. The one thing that I wasn't too sure of is I noticed that on takeoff, it seemed a very little bit "sluggish". Once it was going, performed normally (or what I think is normal). I had it in economy mode, I don't know if there would have been a difference in having it in that mode or not. <p>Do you think I am "somewhat" safe to drive this car around for the time being? I am leary of taking it across town or on any major trips with this "dark cloud" hanging overhead. Is there anyone here from the austin, tx area that knows more about these cars than I do that might have a few minutes to take a look at it? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jlosness</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Do you think I am "somewhat" safe to drive this car around for the time being? I am leary of taking it across town or on any major trips with this "dark cloud" hanging overhead. Is there anyone here from the austin, tx area that knows more about these cars than I do that might have a few minutes to take a look at it? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>just my .02, i would definitely not consider any major trips. you are probably safe around town but i would have it thoroughly checked out soon, especially if you don't have alternate transportation if it dies on you. <br>believe me, i was in this spot with my '95 blazer. the trans started acting funny, and i continued to ignore it until it started slipping so bad one winter morning that it just ceased to accelerate and i was stuck on the side of the road in snow waiting for a towtruck. had i went to have it checked/repaired early in the game, i would have saved myself the $2000 rebuild and the headache of finding transportation on-the-fly.<p>preventative maintenence is always the best.
 
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