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Wouldn't shift into 4th gear (auto)

Discussion in 'VN - VP Holden Commodore (1988 - 1993)' started by Circlotron, Jun 7, 2014.

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    Circlotron New Member

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    Most of my driving is around ordinary streets and roads at up to 80kph so I generally put it in 3rd not 4th because it sounds a little bit grumbly otherwise. Today I turned out onto the highway and actually had 4th selected and got to 80kph and it didn't shift up like it should have. Let my foot up and I'm pretty sure the revs dropped like it was freewheeling (not super sure) and it still didn't shift up, just stayed in 3rd. Couple of k's later I stopped for a few minutes and went in to see someone, then got back in the car and it behaved as it should.

    Tranny doesn't get serviced a lot but 12 months ago it got 3 fluid changes in 3 weeks to flush it all out and have only done about 10,000km since then. Seems to be in pretty good shape, never misbehaves otherwise, has a shift kit and Corvette servo and probably other stuff by the previous owner of the tranny. What might be happening? Is it possible that seeing 4th doesn't get used much that someting might be sticking?
     
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    Sounds like the Torque Converter. Basically a TH700 is a three speed with overdrive ( 4th ). The Torque Converter locking up is it's 4th gear.
     
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    The gearing for the TH700 is:

    First - 3.059:1
    Second - 1.625:1
    Third - 1.000:1
    Fourth - 0.696:1
    Reverse - 2.294:1

    These ratios are commonly rounded off to 3.06, 1.63, 1.00, 0.70, and 2.29
    They are in fact a true 4-speed. When it is in 4th gear you can feel the TC lock and unlock if you play with the accelerator a little; very different from being in 3rd gear.
     

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