Hey everybody, so now that I have most everything on my truck buttoned up, I've put about 1500 miles on it, did its first oil change at 500, and it is officially broken it. The trans "supposedly" had about 5000 miles on it when i bought it from a friend that was parting out his truck, and i've put about 20,000 on it since then. My friend said it was "upgraded" but he lacks in automotive knowledge more than my wife... He didn't even know what they "upgraded"
So now with all my mods in my sig, I'm starting to feel something is up with the trans. Now i'm not smart with transmissions at all. Something I've wanted to learn for a long time. I know the basics, how a TC
works, how a VB
works, diffference between VB
and shift kits, etc.
First thing i noticed was the 1st to 2nd shift under very light throttle is really abrupt and kind of "slams" into gear. Under a moderate acceleration to keep up with traffic, its smoother, but not crisp and clean.
The second thing i noticed that something was up, was when I was towing about 2500lbs with it last weekend, for a total of 520 miles. Some of which in some steep hills. Well 3 times out of this entire 520 miles, I was on flat land, no wind, and I would feel the trans downshift to 3rd, and right back to 4th. Within less than a second. Maybe the TC
unlocking and relocking? I couldn't tell which, but it concerned me.
The third thing was today, I was out testing my new "Extreme" and "Hot Street" tunes from Swamps. It launches good from a stop, but it will burn rubber for a good 20 feet, then the whole truck will hop as it tries to get traction (now I know I need traction bars), then will shift to 2nd fine, not exactly quick, but how a stock trans would. But then the shift to 3rd was really dragged out, and i could feel it slipping, then would grab and keep going. It did this all 3 times I tried it.
The last thing is something its done since i owned the truck. My old trans did it and now this one has done it since i put it in. But it takes FOREVER to grab reverse! Im talking 4-5 seconds sometimes! I've been told by some this is normal? I cant stand it though!
Let me know what you guys think, if its time for a full transmission overhaul, or call JW or BTS and get a billet TC
, or if I'm crazy and just drive it?