I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 12:18 am   #1 (permalink)
eekthorp
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Default I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.

Tranny experts,

I have investigated so many things and now I'm wondering what you
tranny experts think could be causing the problem.

The problem is 2nd gear slips in [D] and (slightly less) in [2].. Also
2-3 shift is sometimes delayed and harsh.

This is a 93 camry 4 cylinder w/ 60kmi on a rebuilt A140e tranny.

If anyone has a good suggestion I'll post my result of the fix/test.

fwiw, here are my notes:

Shift feel
----------
1-2: a) normal bump/flair when shifting but 2nd slips.
b) sometimes there's the normal bump, then it seems somewhat in
second, then about 1 second later there's a second more
noticeable 'bump' and it seems it is slipping much more now. This
happens in [D], not sure about [2].
2-3: sometimes delayed and harsh, especially if forced by letting off
gas abruptly.
3-4: perfect
4-3: perfect
2-1: perfect
4-4lockuperfect

Shifts all seem to occur at reasonable speed/throttle.
Shifting w/ manual lever works like above.

Gear feel
---------
1,3,4,4locked: perfect, no slipping when given lots of torque, etc.

2 in [D]: slips w/ any throttle, very light throttle will allow enough
slow acceleration to eventually get into 3rd.
2 in [2]: Less slipping--Seems to not slip too much if using less than
1/4 throttle. Engine breaking feel seems minimal. Engine speed seems
(only roughly) related to wheel speed (due to slipping?).

2 going from [D] to [2]:
Can't hear/feel one-way deactivating or break activating.
seems to slip slightly less in "2 in [2]".
Is one-way clutch engaged in both?
Maybe air test the break on 2nd's one-way clutch?

The first day it did this it seemed to happen after warming up and
while turning. After tests and extensive road tests 2nd seems to slip
when cold too.

Tests
-----
Torque Converter Stall: passed. (2450RPM at R and D)
Engagement delay test : passed. (N-R < 2 seconds, N-D < 1 seconds.)

Electrical system : passed. Sol1, Sol2, SolL signals from ECM are
good.
Solenoids : passed. Resistance good. 70psi shop air causes
only small leaking at 0V, air rushes with 13V.
DTC : "Code 63--Sol 2 failed" existed when starting
debug, but the sols were tested above to be good.
Throttle cable : passed. Seems 'taught', +1mm and -1mm
adjustment didn't seem to impact slipping 2nd.
Hydrolic : pending.

Flushed full 7qt Fluid: No effect. Original fluid was dark but still
smelled good. No hint of burnt.
Valve Body : Rebuilt it. Looked clean, all balls, seals,
gaskets, valves seemed superficially ok. Paid particular attention to
1-2 Valve. Didn't measure spring tensions. Rebuild didn't seem to
affect 2nd gear slipping.

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What do you guys think could cause this slipping?
Anything new I should check?
Anything I checked that I should re-check?

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 01:18 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.


eekthorp wrote:
> Tranny experts,
>
> I have investigated so many things and now I'm wondering what you
> tranny experts think could be causing the problem.
>
> The problem is 2nd gear slips in [D] and (slightly less) in [2].. Also
> 2-3 shift is sometimes delayed and harsh.
>
> This is a 93 camry 4 cylinder w/ 60kmi on a rebuilt A140e tranny.


Rebuilt tranny after only 60,000 miles?

Why so soon? (Are you the 2nd owner?)

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 01:25 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.

In alt.autos.toyota mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:

> eekthorp wrote:
> > Tranny experts,
> >
> > I have investigated so many things and now I'm wondering what you
> > tranny experts think could be causing the problem.
> >
> > The problem is 2nd gear slips in [D] and (slightly less) in [2].. Also
> > 2-3 shift is sometimes delayed and harsh.
> >
> > This is a 93 camry 4 cylinder w/ 60kmi on a rebuilt A140e tranny.


> Rebuilt tranny after only 60,000 miles?


> Why so soon? (Are you the 2nd owner?)


Given that the car is a 93, it is likely he meant that the 60K is on
the rebuilt tranny.

cordially, as always,

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 01:46 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.


eekthorp wrote:

> Throttle cable : passed. Seems 'taught', +1mm and -1mm
> adjustment didn't seem to impact slipping 2nd.


Does the lever on the transmission move as soon as the throttle starts
to move?

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 01:55 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.

You sound like an expert yourself doing all those tests. I don't know
much about these trannys, but just wondering if a marginal #2 shift
solenoid can cause problems that may seem like problms in the #2 brake
or the #1 one-way clutch, such as leaking line pressure. Or it may be
leaking from a seal some where.

2 to 3rd harsh is usually attributed to the accumulator. Of course,
clogged strainer can do that but it will show up in all the gears.

Fill us in when you find the problem. A friend had a slipping OD in a
96. He had to rebuild the tranny, but most of us wouldn't know other
than AAMCO.


eekthorp wrote:
> Tranny experts,
>
> I have investigated so many things and now I'm wondering what you
> tranny experts think could be causing the problem.
>
> The problem is 2nd gear slips in [D] and (slightly less) in [2].. Also
> 2-3 shift is sometimes delayed and harsh.
>
> This is a 93 camry 4 cylinder w/ 60kmi on a rebuilt A140e tranny.
>
> If anyone has a good suggestion I'll post my result of the fix/test.
>
> fwiw, here are my notes:
>
> Shift feel
> ----------
> 1-2: a) normal bump/flair when shifting but 2nd slips.
> b) sometimes there's the normal bump, then it seems somewhat in
> second, then about 1 second later there's a second more
> noticeable 'bump' and it seems it is slipping much more now. This
> happens in [D], not sure about [2].
> 2-3: sometimes delayed and harsh, especially if forced by letting off
> gas abruptly.
> 3-4: perfect
> 4-3: perfect
> 2-1: perfect
> 4-4lockuperfect
>
> Shifts all seem to occur at reasonable speed/throttle.
> Shifting w/ manual lever works like above.
>
> Gear feel
> ---------
> 1,3,4,4locked: perfect, no slipping when given lots of torque, etc.
>
> 2 in [D]: slips w/ any throttle, very light throttle will allow enough
> slow acceleration to eventually get into 3rd.
> 2 in [2]: Less slipping--Seems to not slip too much if using less than
> 1/4 throttle. Engine breaking feel seems minimal. Engine speed seems
> (only roughly) related to wheel speed (due to slipping?).
>
> 2 going from [D] to [2]:
> Can't hear/feel one-way deactivating or break activating.
> seems to slip slightly less in "2 in [2]".
> Is one-way clutch engaged in both?
> Maybe air test the break on 2nd's one-way clutch?
>
> The first day it did this it seemed to happen after warming up and
> while turning. After tests and extensive road tests 2nd seems to slip
> when cold too.
>
> Tests
> -----
> Torque Converter Stall: passed. (2450RPM at R and D)
> Engagement delay test : passed. (N-R < 2 seconds, N-D < 1 seconds.)
>
> Electrical system : passed. Sol1, Sol2, SolL signals from ECM are
> good.
> Solenoids : passed. Resistance good. 70psi shop air causes
> only small leaking at 0V, air rushes with 13V.
> DTC : "Code 63--Sol 2 failed" existed when starting
> debug, but the sols were tested above to be good.
> Throttle cable : passed. Seems 'taught', +1mm and -1mm
> adjustment didn't seem to impact slipping 2nd.
> Hydrolic : pending.
>
> Flushed full 7qt Fluid: No effect. Original fluid was dark but still
> smelled good. No hint of burnt.
> Valve Body : Rebuilt it. Looked clean, all balls, seals,
> gaskets, valves seemed superficially ok. Paid particular attention to
> 1-2 Valve. Didn't measure spring tensions. Rebuild didn't seem to
> affect 2nd gear slipping.
>
> ---------
> What do you guys think could cause this slipping?
> Anything new I should check?
> Anything I checked that I should re-check?


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Old 03 Apr 2006, 06:18 am   #6 (permalink)
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On 2 Apr 2006 23:55:11 -0700, johngdole@hotmail.com top posted like a
morron and wrote:

>You sound like an expert yourself doing all those tests. I don't know
>much about these trannys


Heh.
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Old 03 Apr 2006, 06:45 am   #7 (permalink)
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Im no pro but here is what ive seen owning a few camrys. Camry
transmissions can be burnt up easily, it will only get worse. Mine
worked best cold, when hot it would eventualy not even go on the
highway. Gear lube 95-130 helped alot. I bet your trans was not rebuilt
and beat up by the previous owner. Heat kills transmissions, coolers and
temp gauges are truely necessary for some hot locations and drivers with
a heavy foot. Best bet is change fluid and filter, maybe there is a band
adjustment or selinoid replacement, But I never found a fix, I just used
heavy gear lube then junked my car.

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 08:24 am   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.

Alan,
Yes (unfortunately?), the throttle, cables, and lever in the trans all
seem to move togeather nicely.

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 09:50 am   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm stumped. Challenge for tranny experts: Toyota transmission (A140E) slipping in 2nd gear in 'D' and '2' position.


eekthorp wrote:
> Tranny experts,
>
> I have investigated so many things and now I'm wondering what you
> tranny experts think could be causing the problem.
>
> The problem is 2nd gear slips in [D] and (slightly less) in [2].. Also
> 2-3 shift is sometimes delayed and harsh.
>
> This is a 93 camry 4 cylinder w/ 60kmi on a rebuilt A140e tranny.
>
> If anyone has a good suggestion I'll post my result of the fix/test.
>
> fwiw, here are my notes:
>
> Shift feel
> ----------
> 1-2: a) normal bump/flair when shifting but 2nd slips.
> b) sometimes there's the normal bump, then it seems somewhat in
> second, then about 1 second later there's a second more
> noticeable 'bump' and it seems it is slipping much more now. This
> happens in [D], not sure about [2].
> 2-3: sometimes delayed and harsh, especially if forced by letting off
> gas abruptly.
> 3-4: perfect
> 4-3: perfect
> 2-1: perfect
> 4-4lockuperfect
>
> Shifts all seem to occur at reasonable speed/throttle.
> Shifting w/ manual lever works like above.
>
> Gear feel
> ---------
> 1,3,4,4locked: perfect, no slipping when given lots of torque, etc.
>
> 2 in [D]: slips w/ any throttle, very light throttle will allow enough
> slow acceleration to eventually get into 3rd.
> 2 in [2]: Less slipping--Seems to not slip too much if using less than
> 1/4 throttle. Engine breaking feel seems minimal. Engine speed seems
> (only roughly) related to wheel speed (due to slipping?).
>
> 2 going from [D] to [2]:
> Can't hear/feel one-way deactivating or break activating.
> seems to slip slightly less in "2 in [2]".
> Is one-way clutch engaged in both?
> Maybe air test the break on 2nd's one-way clutch?
>
> The first day it did this it seemed to happen after warming up and
> while turning. After tests and extensive road tests 2nd seems to slip
> when cold too.
>
> Tests
> -----
> Torque Converter Stall: passed. (2450RPM at R and D)
> Engagement delay test : passed. (N-R < 2 seconds, N-D < 1 seconds.)
>
> Electrical system : passed. Sol1, Sol2, SolL signals from ECM are
> good.
> Solenoids : passed. Resistance good. 70psi shop air causes
> only small leaking at 0V, air rushes with 13V.
> DTC : "Code 63--Sol 2 failed" existed when starting
> debug, but the sols were tested above to be good.
> Throttle cable : passed. Seems 'taught', +1mm and -1mm
> adjustment didn't seem to impact slipping 2nd.
> Hydrolic : pending.
>
> Flushed full 7qt Fluid: No effect. Original fluid was dark but still
> smelled good. No hint of burnt.
> Valve Body : Rebuilt it. Looked clean, all balls, seals,
> gaskets, valves seemed superficially ok. Paid particular attention to
> 1-2 Valve. Didn't measure spring tensions. Rebuild didn't seem to
> affect 2nd gear slipping.
>
> ---------
> What do you guys think could cause this slipping?
> Anything new I should check?
> Anything I checked that I should re-check?


You are probably leaking fluid pressure at your second brake piston,
which will cause flare-up in 2nd gear and eventual friction disc wear
out. It's difficult to test short of tear down and inspection, because
Toyota only gives you a main line pressure port. You can tap a gauge
in here and compare line pressure in all gears, then look for a small
drop in second when the vehicle is actively slipping.

Toyota MDT in MO

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 10:09 am   #10 (permalink)
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Heh, thanks for the complement. Based on your comments it sounds like
you've been doing this much longer than me.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to rule out "low #2 break
pressure", "poor 1-2 valve position", or "partially opening #2 Sol"?

It seems theoretically possible that #2 Sol not opening enough
(whatever that means) could cause the 1-2 shift valve to barely open
causing reduced pressure to the #2 brake or #1 one-way clutch, which
may only affect 2nd gear. Maybe someone more familiar can comment if
this type of thing actually happens in practice.

Strainers/filter all looked pristine when I rebuilt the valve body.
Bottom of pan was also fairly clean, but unfortunately there were no
magnets in the bottom.

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