Need help on a dying 1994 LeBaron LX Convertible ASAP PLEASE!!!

Discussion in 'LeBaron' started by SMoo, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. SMoo

    SMoo Guest

    About a week ago my car has developed a potentially dangerous problem...

    When driving, I can go about 10-15 miles, and the car will lurch hard, and
    from that point on, it won't shift out of 1st gear, and I will only drive it
    a maximum of 45 mph.

    When this first happened, I could pull over, turn the car off for a second,
    and it would be fine for another 50 miles. Now it's worse.

    This only happens after it's been sitting for a while.
    When I go to leave for work, it's fine for 10-15 miles, then WHAM!
    When I get out of work, it goes 10-15 miles and acts up again.

    Most days I can take my wifes car, but on days she needs it, she has to drop
    me off. This wouldn't be a problem normally, but she recently broke her
    wrist, and I don't want her driving any more than she has to!

    Please please PLEASE help me figure out what's going on! If not for the car,
    then to save the inevitable conflicts with my wife when she has to drop me
    off too often ;)


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    However, I will be watching this thread closely until tomorrow at 0500.
    SMoo, Jun 15, 2005
  2. SMoo

    Bob Shuman Guest

    I doubt the car is reverting to 1st gear. More likely it is going into 2nd,
    which is "limp mode" and designed to allow it to be taken to a service
    center immediately without a tow. If you continue to drive it as it is now,
    you risk potentially doing major damage and requiring a transmission
    overhaul. My advice is to get it in now to have the diagnostic code read
    and determine if this is something simple, like a vehicle speed sensor.

    Bob Shuman, Jun 16, 2005
  3. SMoo

    tim bur Guest

    the car is going into limpin mode meaniing there is some hard fault codes take
    it in
    tim bur, Jun 16, 2005
  4. 2nd. It won't shift out of 2nd.
    Doing this "clever" reset trick worsens the damage to the trans.
    Get the car to a competent trans diagnostician RIGHT AWAY. It's probable
    that the original problem was nothing more complex than a speed sensor
    (input or output) or a solenoid pack. If you're *really* lucky, it hasn't
    significantly worsened.
    Daniel J. Stern, Jun 16, 2005
  5. SMoo

    SMoo Guest

    First, thank you all for your quick responses...

    I called a buddy of mine and he sent me a link to check the codes with the
    check engine light. Here is the link:

    I tried it and all it blinked out was 55, which the website says is "end of

    What do I do now?
    SMoo, Jun 16, 2005
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    David Guest

    Get the transmission codes check. What you checked were engine codes. You
    cannot check for transmission codes yourself. A proper mechanic with a
    scanner will have to check for Transmission codes!
    David, Jun 16, 2005
  7. SMoo

    aarcuda69062 Guest

    Quit taking advice from your "buddy."

    You have a transmission problem, you won't get transmission codes
    from the engine computer. The transmission has it's own computer
    that communicates over the CCD buss, a scan tool is the only way
    to extract transmission codes.
    aarcuda69062, Jun 16, 2005
  8. Stop fuckin' around with the engine codes. The problem is a
    transmission-related one.
    Daniel J. Stern, Jun 16, 2005
  9. SMoo

    SMoo Guest

    Right now I can't really afford the $80 for a diagnostics, especially if
    it's going to be an expensive repair...

    I think the speed sensor is OK, because the speedometer works...

    Is there anything I can try without getting a diagnostic?

    SMoo, Jun 26, 2005
  10. You can't afford NOT to get the diagnostic, because the longer you drive
    it with a transmission fault, the larger and more expensive the repair
    will be.
    There are two speed sensors, input and output, and the speedometer working
    is not diagnostic.
    Getting a better job so you can afford the costs involved with owning and
    driving a car comes to mind.
    Daniel J. Stern, Jun 26, 2005
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    calcerise Guest

    Proper scan tools are now less expensive and may be bought by anyone so
    inclined. In fact there is absolutely no technical reason for them
    ever to have been expensive. Their design, construction, and
    programming is very well within the abilities of any beginning embedded
    systems designer.
    calcerise, Jun 26, 2005
  12. SMoo

    SMoo Guest

    I'm not driving it. It's sitting in the driveway until I can afford to get
    it fixed.
    My service manual for this car says there is only 1.
    Great idea! Why don't you go pull some strings in the starving Austin job
    market and get me a better paying job?


    OK. Until you do, quit being a dick about it!
    SMoo, Jun 26, 2005
  13. Ah. Very good, then. Wait til you have enough money to fix it right,
    otherwise you risk damaging it further.
    Your service manual for this car is incorrect, or you are looking at the
    info for the wrong transmission.
    Daniel J. Stern, Jun 26, 2005
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