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Old 06-28-2012, 05:31 PM
kramerjb kramerjb is offline
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Is it my Transmission or just a module

I hope I haven't lost my automatic transmission. Last night after a lot of stop and go driving on a very hot night. My drive train seemed to be slipping when coming to a complete stop (like a stop sign). I got home and let the car cool. Two hours later all seemed fine. Lots of driving this morning with no problems. I drove to work at 70 +/- no problems. Then had some errands to do after work in the heat. That is when the real trouble started. 1st the PRNDL display flickered then went dark. Then there was an audible metallic clicking from the shift handle. I could even feel the click vibrating when touching the shift handle. Then I got the Electronic Control Module Trouble light come on. (It returns after shutting down)Of course I am also now getting this slipping when coming to a complete stop.
Is this a complete Transmission failure? Or is there some electronic module that is faulting? Curiously enough when the Trouble Lamp came on the radio died! Is there some connection?
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