Holden Frontera auto gearbox

Submitted: Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 19:24
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Hi All

I have been having a bit of a problem with the auto gearbox over the last couple of days.
When the car has been garaged overnite the gear change becomes very clunky with a sort of momentary lag of approx 1 second before the drive shaft begins to drive.
It happens when changing up and down but goes away after the first few minutes.
The fluid was alledged to be changed at the last full service but only the 2 litres or so in the sump. I checked this yesterday a found it to look like cola and not that nice red colour and changed the 2 litre in the sump again but this appears to have made no change according to the mrs.
Incidentlly went away over the lst long weekend and did easily 700k's without a hitch.
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Reply By: theshadows - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:12

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:12
not good .... hate to be bear of bad tidings but your box is dead.
your auto cooler in the radiator will be blocked and stuffed so bypass it and put a new cooler in.
all your clutch packs are shedding material and dying so your up for a rebuild .{thats the brown colour in the red oil} and if you keep driving your melt all the nylon spacers and destroy all the hardening on the sharfts.{it might all ready be too late.}
stop driving the car and tow it an mechanic berfore your up for a 6 grand bill.

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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 22:06

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 22:06
Hi Roger,

I have the auto trans in my Frontera and haven't experienced what you are describing.

I don't know whether it's terminal or not, but you need to get it looked at ASAP as you don't want to risk making whatever it is worse.


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Reply By: Savvas - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 22:38

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 22:38

When this occurs, does the trans position indicator on the dashboard flicker between different positions? Just bump the gear stick with your palm a tad and see if they move around a lot.

Also, are the gear shifts accompanied by a thud?

If so, then the inhibitor switch is stuffed and needs replacement. The inhibitor switch on the frontera and jackaroo also has the range finder which lets the power train module know which gear is selected. If the wrong signals are being sent, then you will get all sorts of weird behavious. It will also be very intermittent.

If you take it to the dealer and have the diag code read, it should be something like P0705.

Nonetheless, the trans fluid description is ugly. Get the trans serviced at a transmission specialist.
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