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Russ3747
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posted 01-07-2004 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 93 GT Conv. with an AOD mostly stock, with a turbo coupe disk break rear end (3.73) on my way to work this morning I lost all power in 4th gear or OD. It acks like its in N untell it slows to around 20 mph then it will down shift. It seems to be ok if left in Drive but I really need my OD I drive alot on the highway. does this mean I need a Trans?

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-07-2004 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M
Unfortunatley, yes you do.
The OD lock up clutches are smoked.

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Russ3747
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posted 01-07-2004 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it safe to drive the car in drive, or will this cause more damage? If I am going to have to take it out is there a way to get a gear position for 2nd? Before it did not like to shift into 4th at WOT is there a fix? Does anyone know about manual valve bodies? (this is my daily driver/weekend racer)

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GTRocks
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posted 01-09-2004 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awww, man. That is EXACTLY what happened to mine. I only had 60k on mine. You'll need a rebuild. I was told that they thought (without opening it) it was the clutch pacs. Minimum cost was $600. If I wanted to update it with shift kits, etc. it could run up to $2k depending what I wanted done.

I took my $600 and did an AOD to T5 conversion. I like shifting better, and that's the one part of that car that I never liked anyway.

I don't think you'd easily be able to add a 2nd, but this isn't my area of expertise either.

I can tell you that I drove it daily (mine's my daily driver also) for another 20k miles in the D position with no noted additional issues. It was still working when I pulled it out to do the swap.

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BorgMoose7of9
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posted 01-18-2004 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BorgMoose7of9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The overdrive band is toast. The OD band is separate from the drive direct clutch basket, so you can drive it in D for up to even 100K just like GTrocks.
Yes, the OD band is in the tranny, just behind the front pump, requiring tranny removal to repair it. Most basic AOD tranny rebuilds run around $1500-$2500 at most shops(if they are done right....the direct clutch pack is next in line to fail, by the way....both of these problems are the two biggest problems with AOD's).
If you do get a rebuild, I would seriously suggest following the other advice and tossing a 5-speed into it, and ditching the AOD...the AOD is a money pit.

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Russ3747
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posted 01-20-2004 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been pretty pleased with the AOD I got the car with 100k miles on it and now its got 127k miles. I am now looking for something else to drive till I can get the GT fixed, But this spring will I be able to run at my local 1/8 track, or am I likely to blow it up at the stageing lanes, and piss off the officals?

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BorgMoose7of9
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posted 01-21-2004 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BorgMoose7of9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you don't have alot of beans in front of it, It might be okay to run, but it is going to be a dog if you are running stock gears on an 1/8th mile track. Make sure you have a giant stacked plate cooler(not the aluminum finned unit....they are turds) AFTER the engine tranny/radiator cooler. I don't know if you mean to run the wounded AOD you have now out there on the track, but the O/D band clutch material that came off when it went toast is running around in the valve body, gumming up the valves, so it needs to come apart eventually.

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Russ3747
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posted 01-22-2004 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes I was talking about running the "wounded AOD" I ran it last fall with the stock 2.73 and its best run was 10.27 @ 71.53 with 2.319 60 foot time. but now I have 3.73 gears so I would like to know how much it picked up? Should I change the fluid? I have heard that sometimes changing the fluid can make them slip more.

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GTRocks
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posted 01-22-2004 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I changed my fluid and filter twice, with no effect.

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itlbrnmoff
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posted 02-08-2004 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for itlbrnmoff   Click Here to Email itlbrnmoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Russ3747:
yes I was talking about running the "wounded AOD" I ran it last fall with the stock 2.73 and its best run was 10.27 @ 71.53 with 2.319 60 foot time. but now I have 3.73 gears so I would like to know how much it picked up? Should I change the fluid? I have heard that sometimes changing the fluid can make them slip more.


That's only on a GM when the only thing keeping up fluid pressure is the dirty fluid.

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