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Isuzu Rodeo Sport, Transmission, SUV
#77 of 168 1999 Rodeo with Automatic Transmission
May 12, 2009 (7:11 am)
I've had the Rodeo for nearly 10 years and love it. However, the trasmission is now not shifting smoothly. I assume low fluid or fluid that needs to be replaced.
The owner's manual says to replace the fluid every "X" miles. I asssume the dealership has been doing that...............I go to a Honda dealership because there is no Isuzu dealership where I live.
The vehicle now has 105K miles on it. I made an appointment for a tune-up and mentioned the transmission problem. When they gave me the keys back saying the work was done they also told me they didn't do the transmission because they don't have the tools. Now I'm assuming the fluid has never been checked or changed...........I'm just a bit on the pisturbed side wishing they had mentioned this 80K miles ago.
This has the transmission with no dipstick or easy-access filler port; basically, non-owner check and topoff/change.
The shop manual says there is a special tool, a thermometer, for checking the temp of the fluid and that the temp has to be in a certain range for the check to be done properly.
The shop manual goes on to say the car should be level and running!!!! So, this appears to be an issue that we can't do by jacking the car up!!!!!
Draining the fluid looks straight forward but then you have the filling problem. Again, the car needs to be level so jacking it up to get at the filler port is out of the question.
The Honda folks say they have a pump to do the job. I can see where that would be good because the funnel and long hose is going to make a big mess!
Has anyone taken their car to a transmission shop and been able to get the work done?
#78 of 168 Re: 1999 Rodeo with Automatic Transmission [rodeodriver1]
May 12, 2009 (9:09 am)
First things first; You shouldn't have to deal with the tranny. fluid unless it burns and 80000 mls for this vehicle sounds a little too soon. Your mechanic can tell you if it was. In any case the new mach.'s they use for fluid exchange empties and fills the unit one shot deal. I would strongly recomend you to let the pro.'s to handler this since you are so worried with the the "level" of the vehicle.
#79 of 168 Alittle Help Please
Jun 02, 2009 (1:10 pm)
I hope this makes sense.
Well, I own a 98 rodeo, great little SUV. I have two little problems - First, I has happened for the past two summers, in the heat. The shifting into 3rd grear and out is rough. This is an intermittant problem. Last year I took it in to a garage(national chain) and they had it for two days, no issues nor did the computer find any error messages(what they told me). So they charged me nothing and told me to wait for it to happen again. All winter long it is OK, but in the heat I notice that the light indicator does not always match the Shifter (auto trans) or it is delayed, ex- if it is in Drive the light might read neutral for a few seconds before it hits drive.
Anyway, could it be some kind of electrical thing that happen only in the heat? some conection expands and does not make contact (something like that?)
Issue number two will be for later...........
Thanks for any help you can give me..........
#80 of 168 98 rodeo transmission reverse lights
Jun 03, 2009 (7:48 am)
Ok I have a manual transmission rodeo. My problem is the reverse lights do not come on in reverse. Instead the reverse lights come on in first gear. It is a nice feature to have to keep people from tailgating but I would also like to see where I am backing up. I am thinking it must be a position switch somewhere on the transmission. But where?
#81 of 168 Re: 2000 isuzu rodeo transmission problem [dorenavant]
Jul 06, 2009 (1:36 pm)
My Rodeo is acting the exact same way...did you ever figure out the issue? Thanks in advance!
#82 of 168 98 Rodeo transmission swap - a/t to m/t
Jul 12, 2009 (10:21 am)
I have a 98 Rodeo and my A/T just went out on me. Question I have is this. Is it possible to change it to a manual transmission? Would it be a lot of work or would it require a lot more work than replacing another automatic transmission? Thank you so much
#83 of 168 Transmission stuck in park
Jul 29, 2009 (6:46 pm)
Hi everyone - need some help.
99 LS, Auto (185k miles, mostly freeway) - been thru the stuck key thing, think I got that solved by popping the top of the steering column cover and adding some graphite to the white plastic thing and the end of the cable that moves it. A few days later and now I can't get the thing out of park. I removed the shifter handle and jiggled the cable, still no luck. Any suggestions?
#84 of 168 2004 2wd automatic transmission isuzu rodeo problems with acceleration
Aug 11, 2009 (8:21 pm)
The suv is coming up on the end of the warranty and there is an acceleration problem. When you step on the gas, it sounds like the emergency brake is on and the transmission is laboring. There is no isuzu dealership in Lubbock, Texas and I do not know of a reputable mechanic/dealership to take it to. The vehicle has 54,700 miles. Any suggestions on who I can take the vehicle to for consultation or repair either here in Lubbock or in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex? Also, what do you think might cause this problem? I am trying to figure out if it is worth repairing or getting something else. Any info would be appreciated. I have not found anyone wanting to work on this vehicle.
Thanks in advance,
#85 of 168 Re: 2004 2wd automatic transmission isuzu rodeo problems with acceleration [jan09]
Aug 18, 2009 (9:39 am)
Frank Brown Pontiac and Isuzu dealership
Aug 18, 2009 (10:04 am)
Worth it? Absoluetly. It sounds like just about any mechanic should be able to take the brake aparts and inspect the calipers/emergency cable set up.