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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 01:04
cornishcarlos

Chevy Captiva problem..

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Hi people's 

 

Auto transmission issue with a 2008 Captiva. Will not go into drive consistently. Ok into reverse, park and neutral but struggling with drive selection. If left in neutral for 30 secs, it will engage drive no problem but shifting direct from park to drive is a no go !! 

My guess would be transmission fluid low or needs changing but I have no experience with autos, I'm a manual kinda guy 😜

 

Any thoughts or experience on this from the guys that know stuff ??

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Check the fluid level first, check handbook for procedure, but if it is the normal way, start the car, let it idle, go through all the gears whilst stationary, the put in "park", pull out the stick and wipe it, put it back totally and pull out as quick as you can and check the level on the stick markings.

 

https://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Captiva/transmission/index.shtml

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I forgot. When you check the level use white tissue, look at the colour and smell the fluid. Should be pink, not dark red or brown and have a sweet smell, not a burnt smell...

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10 minutes ago, transam said:

I forgot. When you check the level use white tissue, look at the colour and smell the fluid. Should be pink, not dark red or brown and have a sweet smell, not a burnt smell...

 

As ATF should.. It seems a lot of these transmission fluids are not easy to access !! It's the sister in law's car, she's taking it to a garage tomorrow anyway as it needs a fuel diagnostic check.. I'll go with her and make sure they check the auto fluid too... 

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1 minute ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

As ATF should.. It seems a lot of these transmission fluids are not easy to access !! It's the sister in law's car, she's taking it to a garage tomorrow anyway as it needs a fuel diagnostic check.. I'll go with her and make sure they check the auto fluid too... 

As the ride is over 10 years old inquire how often the trans fluid has been changed, if at all. The fluid is the trans life blood...

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3 minutes ago, transam said:

As the ride is over 10 years old inquire how often the trans fluid has been changed, if at all. The fluid is the trans life blood...

 

Yup, I have a feeling it will never have been changed !! Trouble is, for the first 8-9yrs she was in Bangkok, so all servicing done there. Doubt she would have kept the service reports but I'll ask...

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Be careful with Auto trans fluid. I changed mine in my civic a few years ago, as it was out of the regular service routine and hadn't been changed for a number of years. Changed the fluid at Bquik. A few days later I had a leak coming from the seals on the auto box. I took it to an independent garage and had to drop out the box and change the seals. Not an easy job. The cleaning agents, as I've read, may have loosened the gunk on the old gasket, causing it to leak. I think it cost about 5000 baht to do that job. 

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1 minute ago, DavisH said:

Be careful with Auto trans fluid. I changed mine in my civic a few years ago, as it was out of the regular service routine and hadn't been changed for a number of years. Changed the fluid at Bquik. A few days later I had a leak coming from the seals on the auto box. I took it to an independent garage and had to drop out the box and change the seals. Not an easy job. The cleaning agents, as I've read, may have loosened the gunk on the old gasket, causing it to leak. I think it cost about 5000 baht to do that job. 

Box seals can harden with age/heat but you have got to be very unlucky for it to happen. A gasket, as you quote, is a different matter, usually tightening the screws fixes it, but not always..The thing is you were right to change the fluid as your 5000bht probably would have been peanuts if you hadn't..

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54 minutes ago, transam said:

Box seals can harden with age/heat but you have got to be very unlucky for it to happen. A gasket, as you quote, is a different matter, usually tightening the screws fixes it, but not always..The thing is you were right to change the fluid as your 5000bht probably would have been peanuts if you hadn't..

I sold that car not long ago for 230K. 2014 model with 250K kms on it. Had a few issues with it but it was pretty reliable overall. Bought the crv. 

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Trans fluid should be changed every 40th KM. That's a max according to Toyota. Might be different on other lumps. But if you take that as an average you'll be fine. If I was doing all my driving in BKK, I would look at every 30th as it gets a real bashing in heavy traffic.

 

As Trans has said T/fluid is the life blood of any auto box. 

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24 minutes ago, fredob43 said:

Trans fluid should be changed every 40th KM. That's a max according to Toyota. Might be different on other lumps. But if you take that as an average you'll be fine. If I was doing all my driving in BKK, I would look at every 30th as it gets a real bashing in heavy traffic.

 

As Trans has said T/fluid is the life blood of any auto box. 

 

Well she is up over the 200k mark now, so the ATF must be a right mess if never changed 😂

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Oh dear, who has been servicing this vehicle?

Check your fluid, or the bands may have damaged due to not using fresh fluid

 

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54 minutes ago, fredob43 said:

Trans fluid should be changed every 40th KM. That's a max according to Toyota. Might be different on other lumps. But if you take that as an average you'll be fine. If I was doing all my driving in BKK, I would look at every 30th as it gets a real bashing in heavy traffic.

 

As Trans has said T/fluid is the life blood of any auto box. 

Ford Ranger shows 195,000km on website for auto transmission oil

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6 hours ago, Samuel Smith said:

Ford Ranger shows 195,000km on website for auto transmission oil

One of the reasons they (Ford) suffer with dodgy trans problems I suspect.

 

Some of the things Toyo have on their 40th KM service list, are wheels off change round, clean check brakes, grease prop, Engine oil ditto filter, Gearbox, rear axel. Front axel, splitter box (those last two if 4X4) oil change. How Ford can say 190th+ I don't know. Best of luck if you go that long. 

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13 hours ago, Samuel Smith said:

Ford Ranger shows 195,000km on website for auto transmission oil

Yep, many rides can go on for ever with the same fluid, really depends on the box type/design.

CVT auto is a different ball game though, totally different animal, where early change is a good idea...

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