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#163 of 172 Re: 1997 rodeo automatic tranny issues [f_and_m_rodeo]
Dec 16, 2012 (3:34 pm)
I know this problem. What is causing your shudder is your carrier bearing. Either yours is in prety bad shape, or it has been replaced but put on backward (yes, it will g together like this). There's a slight offset from center and on the new bearing when you replace it make sure "forward" in small print is facing the front toward transmission and "rear" faces rear. The reason the offset is there is to prevent harmonic vibrations at certain speeds. Likewise, if your bearing is bad it allows the entire driveshaft to "wobble" on takeoff. This happened to me with my 92 4x4 v6 ls rodeo, and when I had bearing replaced repair shop put new one in backwards. Ever since my rodeo shuddered as yours does on takeoff until the new bearing failed after about 9,000 miles. Have your carrier bearing checked. 90% sure by symptoms your describing this is your problem.
#164 of 172 Re: 1997 rodeo automatic tranny issues [darth_venom]
Jan 03, 2013 (7:16 pm)
Thank you, sorry for getting back to you so late. Part of it was the carrier bearing. It wasn't the bearing itself, but the rubber grommet the the bearing sits in. It was bad, I had about a half inch of play within the housing. Also, after cleaning the underside of the truck, I noticed that the trans mount was missing a nut. The mount is also bad, as it has about .75 of an inch of play when there should almost none. As soon as I fix it this weekend, the shudder should be fixed!
Jan 07, 2013 (12:45 pm)
my 94 rodeo has 1st gear but when it shifts to 2nd it just free revs i was told shift solenoids will fix this but then again might not. is this a common problem and would it be wise to change them and take a chance? im a pretty good mechanic but diagnosing automatic trannys is not my forte
#166 of 172 2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 3.2L Auto Tranny Issue
Jan 08, 2013 (2:02 am)
My 2001 Rodeo first started hesitating when I put it into gear. There would be a paused after I put it in D and then...clunk! It would drop into gear. In a few days it started slipping each time I made a turn. Then it started slipping as I drove down straight roads. Now it slips continuously, to the point where it is parked.
After doing massive research on the 4L60e transmission (it is a GM standard transmission and is on many different types of cars and trucks, Isuzu, Honda, BMW, GM, Ford, etc.), I decided that I wanted to check and see if it is something outside or peripheral to the transmission as the second to last thing I want to do is rebuild a transmission. The last thing I want to do is pay someone to rebuild it for me.
So today I opened up the speed selector (the gear changing mechanism on the driver's side of the transmission). It was very dirty inside and I though that this must be the reason it was slipping. Test drove it after replacing with a new one ($116 at Autozone). Nope. Same problem. Now I am looking at other components that may be causing the issue. Solenoids, connectors, wiring harness. I already replaced the battery on the car as I read that marginal battery power can cause issues with this particular transmission - no luck there either. I also disconnected the battery and disconnected the PCM, hoping that it would reload the EEPROM once I hooked it back up (in case there was a PCM glitch).
I have a copy of the 4000+ page Rodeo and Trooper depot maintenance manual for 2000. Lots of info, but light on troubleshooting - mostly "Check pressure level, if too high or too low, rebuild transmission". For obvious cash flow reasons the shop wants the tech to do a rebuild as it is a big ticket item.
I have read about people taking the Rodeo to the shop and paying $2500+ only to have the same problem and find it is one fo the peripheral parts. I am really hoping that is the case with my current issue.
By the way - I did find where someone uses a novel approach to filling the transmission fluid on this terribly engineered unit. The install a nylon 3/8 to 1/4 barbed end to MIP to secure their fill tube and prevent backspray when the transmission is filled. Others use the transmission cooling line to both empty and fill the transmission. Remember, the transmission only holds 9 quarts - so no more than that added. Also remember that when filling from the bottom (the most common method), it is a two step process. The first 3 quarts go in, then put the fill plug back in. Run for about 10 mins until engine is hot and tran fluid starts circulating through the cooling system. Remove fill plug and pump in the remaining fluid until filled (fluid back up into the transfer pump (the pump that you bought to transfer the fluid from it's bottle into the transmission). Then reinstall the plug. Should hold a total of 9 quarts.
More on my saga as it unfolds...
#167 of 172 Re: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 3.2L Auto Tranny Issue [swampash089]
Jan 31, 2013 (9:46 am)
My mother has a 02 Honda Passport, basically a Rodeo with honda badges and her car had tranny problems as well. What it turned out to be was that there was no fluid in the transmission because the oil pan gasket was leaking. The leaking gasket is actually caused by a serious design flaw. The exhaust runs to close to the transmission pan and dries out the gasket. The dry gasket no longer flexes as the metal expands and contracts and a leak forms. If the designers had any sense they would have included a dip stick for the transmission to make simple problems easier to resolve.
Solution: Purchase a high quality gasket, replace it, and fill the transmission with fluid and as long as there is no serious damage, you'll be good to go.
P.s. This problem, despite a high quality gasket will eventually return. Also, you have to get under the vehicle to fill the transmission, so I suggest you just take it to a shop. Shouldn't be too expensive.
#168 of 172 2000 Rodeo Tranny light flashing
Mar 17, 2013 (1:48 pm)
I have a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo with 92,000 miles on it.3 weeks ago I had the tranny fluid and filter changed.Last week the trans light started blinking,stop blinking then blinking again.The trans shifts fine.The Rodeo still as the same amount of power as usual.It is the 4 speed automatic.Can somebody please give me some ideal what might be wrong with it.I do not want to take it to a parts changer and spend money for them to just change alot of parts just guessing.Thanks for any help I can get !
#169 of 172 Isuzu Rodeo Transmission Problem
Jun 24, 2013 (12:21 am)
Hi all.. i have an isuzu rodeo 200 model. recently changed the transmission fluid cos it leaked like twice cos of faulty piping. now when i drive it only gets to second and sometimes third gear. it just starts rev-ing when u hit the gas more instead of engaging fourth gear. and sometime after kick starting and i shift to drive the bloody just turns itself off making me repeat the process like four times before it works!!! Can any body help please?
#170 of 172 Re: Hard Shift Problem [art718]
Jul 12, 2013 (10:36 am)
Had the same problem. Dealer could not locate it, had computer reflashed as well per dealer recommendation. Took the tranny apart and no problems. Turns out it was a short in the console switch for the tranny. I can not remember what it is called, but it is mounted on the console just in front of the armrest. Took care of the problem.
#171 of 172 Re: Hard Shifting Question#2 [bahmed]
Jul 22, 2013 (8:16 am)
This message was very helpful. This will be the second time that I have replaced this which makes sense. I have 124K mi on a 1999 rodeo. Car was shifting hard but this time selector was still showing correct gear. Dealer could not catch code. Now I am occasionally seeing incorrect selector gear. Big issue here is finding someone competent to work on Isuzu's now.
#172 of 172 Re: 95 isuzu rodeo trans. [yo_wat_up]
Aug 26, 2013 (7:09 pm)
I have same problem and heard a shift solenoid? ?? I'm getting ready to try it ..