1998 Buick Regal Transmission Might Be Slipping

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1998 Buick Regal Transmission Might Be Slipping

Unread post by Shane » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:23 am

1998 buick regal gs 3.8 supercharged. The transmission started slipping slightly for the last couple weeks mostly when going uphill. It felt a lot like a coil was goIng. It seemed to drive fine otherwise. No shuttering or major slipping. I drove the car for about an hour, stopped for a few min then drove again and my first stop after putting it in drive it just revved freely. Drive and reverse!

If I leave it a while it go's in gear and drives a few seconds then revs but looses drive as if it's in neutral. What does this sound like? Should I bother replacing filter to see if that makes a difference? Money is tight and hope there's something I can do myself!? Thanks in advance for any help in giving any feedback as to what this might be!

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Re: 1998 Buick Regal Transmission Might Be Slipping

Unread post by ProTech » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:22 pm

Unfortunately, this is just plain bad news. When the trans is slipping that badly, usually one or more internal parts has failed. If the fluid is dark or smells burned then you can pretty much bet the entire trans is smoked.

This isn't going to be a cheap repair, as you'll basically either be looking at a complete overhaul of the existing transmission, or putting a used trans or new trans in the car so it will drive.
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