Transmission not shiftng into reverse

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Old 10 Aug 2012, 08:18 pm   #1 (permalink)
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2002 Camry just makes noise and won't move when put in reverse. Only 110000miles. Mechanics say I need a new transmission but I was wondering if it could be something that could be fixed. Over the 110000 miles oil was changed maybe 5 times so it was taken care of.
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Old 11 Aug 2012, 01:09 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:18:58 -0700 (PDT), mark.ransley84@gmail.com
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>2002 Camry just makes noise and won't move when put in reverse. Only 110000 miles. Mechanics say I need a new transmission but I was wondering if it could be something that could be fixed. Over the 110000 miles oil was changed maybe 5 times so it was taken care of.


Well, I would certainly get the opinion of another transmission shop,
or maybe 2, before spending all that money. I don't know of any
external parts related to reverse, but there are a lot of external
parts.

And when my 73 Buick wouldn't shift into high, the trans shop owner
gave me two choices, replace or, for significantly less money (1/2?)
repair. I picked repair and it lasted me 100,000 miles.

You say "oil". You didn't put oil in the transmission did you?
Transmission fluid is not oil and it's a lot less slick than oil.
Even if only half the fluid is replaced with oil, the tran will slip,
although that wouldn't account for the noise.

I've never heard of anyone changing the fluid every 20K. Topping off,
replacing what's missing when there's a drip, is excellent, but for
changing, every 100K is about the most often I've heard of**, even 30
years ago.. Well, okay, Toyota says more often than that but only
every 60,000 miles or 72 months. Also a lot of people will change
the fluid when the transimssion doesn't work, and I've heard that
sometimes works but I have no actual testimonials.

**I don't know about CVTs. While the fluid gets hot, it doesn't have
combustion gases and the compounds they form mixed with it. I'm
reminded of the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."


Since then , I had a Chrysler transmission that was going clunk goiing
from 61 to 60mph, and from 5 to 4mph. A local chain read my
transimission codes for free and said there were none. A non-chain
shop seemed to have more detail on his tool and came up with a code,
but the remedy he offered was replacing the transmission. And he
charged me 25 to read the codes. Next time I'll ask t he price first.
I know it would have been lower. Drove the car another 10,000 miles
and then both clunk went away .


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Old 11 Aug 2012, 05:25 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I used only trans fluid , the Camry has a drain plug on the trans, after the first full drain. I used to drian what could be drained from the oil plug, since only about half comes out, when it went a bit brown I would drain it, I figure why wait till its real bad.
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Old 11 Aug 2012, 05:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Sat, 11 Aug 2012 14:09:37 -0400, micky <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com>
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>I've never heard of anyone changing the fluid every 20K. Topping off,
>replacing what's missing when there's a drip, is excellent, but for
>changing, every 100K is about the most often I've heard of**, even 30
>years ago..


Replying to myself, I did find some guys on the web who changed it at
30K. I'm surprised. Those who know me know I won't be doig that.
:-)

Well, okay, Toyota says more often than that but only
>every 60,000 miles or 72 months. Also a lot of people will change
>the fluid when the transimssion doesn't work, and I've heard that
>sometimes works but I have no actual testimonials.


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Old 11 Aug 2012, 07:41 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On 8/10/2012 9:18 PM, mark.ransley84@gmail.com wrote:
> 2002 Camry just makes noise and won't move when put in reverse.

Only 110000 miles. Mechanics say I need a new transmission but I
was wondering if it could be something that could be fixed.
Over the 110000 miles oil was changed maybe 5 times so it was
taken care of.
>

My reply here may be totally not applicable nowadays, but here is my story.

Your very situation got me into doing car repairs, 60 years ago.
I was told I needed a new transmission, when mine would not shift
into reverse. (I remember driving to school etc. in downtown
Boston, looking for parking places which did not need to be
backed into.)

Anyway, I thought I would try my hand at things, and lo and behold,
all that was needed was an adjustment where the shift lever
from the driver's area went into the transmission. Cost = $0.

A couple of weeks later I asked at the gas station about an
electrical problem, and was solemnly told that my guess at
what was wrong was totally wrong. When I found out that I
was right, I finally realized that an intelligent approach
to a car designed by engineers was just as good, or better,
than a grease monkey whose only asset might be that he
was renting a gas station.

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