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#161 of 170 96 Astro Van Transmission
Aug 24, 2010 (2:06 pm)
The transmission went out in my 96 Astro Van (reverse and 2nd gear). It had about 260,000 miles on it. I picked up one at a junkyard today (from the same year van) but had a quick question. The guys I had to deal with were a real PAIN, and were pulling all kinds of CRUD since I'm a woman. They said I'd have to have the transmission reprogrammed/reset, and if I didn't it wouldn't work right. Now, I've messed with several transmissions, but all older stuff...like 67 & 70 Mustangs and a 68 Cougar---never any of this "new stuff"...... Were they telling the truth, or just trying to pull one of my already long legs?? Would someone please let me know. I can't seem to find anything about it online, but just wanted to double check.
#162 of 170 Re: 96 Astro Van Transmission [carmen72]
Aug 24, 2010 (3:27 pm)
just pulling your leg; swap it and go
#163 of 170 Re: 1999 Astro Blown TRANS Fuse w Trouble codes shift prob [ceramicat]
Nov 01, 2010 (5:06 pm)
Did you ever find out what was wrong? I have a 2000 astro and your story reads almost exactly to what mine is doing right now. I have replaced the computer, throttle position sensor, speed sensor, engine coolant temp sensor, and even put new ends on all the grounds. I had my tranny rebuilt about 7 months ago and the shop tested the transmission as well, but the tranny keeps going into safe mode, which only lets it run in second and third gear. I have run out of ideas of what else to do to try and fix it. Please let me know how your van turned so i can at least know what direction to try next. Thank you.
#164 of 170 astro transmission changes late
Dec 22, 2010 (6:42 pm)
1995 astro changes all gears at high rpm. Rebuilt trans but engine has to rev higher than should to change. When it warms up it does better but should change quicker. What wd cause this?
Mar 04, 2011 (7:02 am)
I have a 97 astro van (2 wheel drive ) that started leaking fluid from where the cooling lines go into the radiator. I had to drive the car so I kept on adding fluid to it so it didn't run out. I only had to drive it a short distance but in that time it started it started to slip. There is so much fluid all over there front of the engine and front suspension that its hard to see where its actually leaking from. The upper line is clean so I figure its the lower line. How do I fix this? Do I need to replace the entire line? did I mess up the trans by running it and if so is that an easy fix? I dont have alot of $ right now and need this van for transportation. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Mar 09, 2011 (3:04 pm)
Ive got a 98 astrovan, and when the temperature outside is above 40degrees the van slams into second gear. when its freezing out its fine? any help??
#167 of 170 Re: Trans problems [canuheminow]
Mar 09, 2011 (3:19 pm)
Like most 2 x hoses in the same location (especially of older age), when one blows, the other one blows soon after. With this in mind, if you replace 1 hose, I would replace both. Especially if you plan to keep your van longer.
To clean the oil off the eninge / transmission, do investigae GUNK. I use this stuff on my motors and it works great. re: http://www.gunk.com/prod_photo.asp
Hope this helps...
#168 of 170 Re: Reply to wasabi3 & ej99 re Trans Hard Shift [cormier]
Jul 17, 2011 (2:24 am)
I would like to have more information about this fix please... email me at jjrudy65aol.com
#169 of 170 astro tranny problems
Sep 08, 2011 (6:26 pm)
i have a 2001 chevy astro all wheel drive with 151000 miles on it in June driving from my parents house came to a stop sign went to take off the van would not go. tried twice then tranny let out two big bangs then it took off, going down the road the tranny shifted funny and it would not go into overdrive, i got it home and went to leave with it, it had lost reverse. so i called my tranny shop and they said the valve body went. they quoted me $1800.00 to $2000 to rebuild w/a 12month/ 12000 mile warranty. to let you all know don,t do it. i found a place out of Arizona on ebay that sells brand new rebuilds for $625. The tranny is dyno tested and comes w/ a 2 year warranty and unlimited miles. I have read all this people who have spent big time money having them rebuilt and still having problems, I had this tranny shipped right to my tranny shop and had them put it in for $600.00 and got a year warranty on their work Overall i"m very pleased with the work and I got my van back quick When you buy the tranny they recommend you change the torque convert too or they won't warranty the tranny cost of $175.00. They charge shipping fee depends on where you live, mine was $400.00. The shipping is two ways. To your door step and then to ship core back to them. Overall it cost me for everything $1800.00 but was worth every penny. I would do it this way again before i would go to the dealer or have a tranny shop rebuild one..... I'm a mechanic of 25 years and didn't have the time to do it myself, just became a truck driver, better pay !!!. If i was going to do it myself I would still go to this place and get the tranny you are not going to get a better price or warranty.. Call them at 1-888-996-6378... They will work with you to the tee.... They do trannys for all vehicles not just Astros
#170 of 170 Re: 96 Astro Van Transmission [carmen72]
Sep 16, 2012 (9:36 pm)
If the transmissoin is from the same make and model they well chang and you don't have to have the transmission reprogrammed