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#46 of 101 95 LeSabre Trans Probs/Questions
Mar 20, 2009 (7:30 pm)
I have a 95 Buick LeSabre that recently developed a trans problem. Sometimes you could put it in first gear and it won't go anywhere. When it does go, it goes very slow. I asked a mechanic and he said it was the orbital. To rebuild it is about $1700. ( I asked another mechanic and he said that was about right)
Well I found a guy selling a trans out of a 1995 LeSabre (front wheel drive like mine, with the same engine. The 3800.) He is selling the trans for $350.
My question is a parts dealer told me that Buick made two transmissions with different gear ratios.
Does anybody know how to tell if the trans for sale will work in my car?
Or how to tell the gear ratio of the transmissions?
Thank you for taking an interest in my post.
#47 of 101 93 Buick LeSabre Transmission
Apr 27, 2009 (5:29 am)
I have a 1993 Buick LeSabre with 190000 miles. When the car is first started and until it warms up the transmission pulls and shifts fine, will even spin the tires on gravel. But after it warms up (about 3 miles) it is just like the trans shifts to neutral. There is no slip or warning of any kind. When it does this you can't go in any gear or reverse. After the car sets about 15 minutes you can go another 3 miles with no slip or any thing then the cycle starts over. I don't think this would be a clutch problem because there is no slipping. Could it be some type of electrical problem? where do I start?
#48 of 101 94 LeSabre 4T60E transmission a NOGO when cold
Apr 29, 2009 (7:40 pm)
A tranny shop mechanic on another board said he adds a bottle of Lube Guard after rebuilding these transmissions and has not had a transmission returned with problems right after rebuild since. Advance Auto here in Memphis sold me their last bottle yesterday. My tranny has 233,000 miles on the odometer so this is not a perfect fix, but I now only have to warm the tranny up 3 or 4 minutes versus 20 minutes before the car will finally go in any direction. A lot better. Not perfect, but a lot better. This same transmission is also in several Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, Cadillacs and maybe Chevrolets so this is a common problem.
#49 of 101 Re: 94 LeSabre 4T60E transmission a NOGO when cold [jcarter817]
Apr 30, 2009 (4:51 am)
Is the morning sickness at startup requiring warmup time a factor of a pressure control module that ages? I'd do some asking at some transmission shops. If they suggest it's the module, I believe that one on the '60 is changeable from the bottom pan. It'd be worth a try. However at 233000 miles, it doesn't owe you anything. Compare that to the 40K mile trannies Honda Odyssey owners have been finding for years.
#50 of 101 creaking noise from the wheel
Jul 07, 2009 (7:18 pm)
LeSabre 1993, front drive, 145K miles.
This just started last night. I was going through a drive through and I was hearing a creaking noise coming from the left front wheel while just idling through the parking lot. It does not make the noise when I use the brakes.
What could be wrong? Bearing, or disc?
#51 of 101 Re: creaking noise from the wheel [vanderbar]
Jul 08, 2009 (3:10 am)
If it's a high-pitched chirp and goes away when you press the brake pedal, this is a brake wear indicator. Time for new pads.
#52 of 101 Re: Lasabre transmission won't engage [mikes36]
Aug 13, 2009 (6:42 am)
Sorry Mike. Believe it. I had a 1994 LeSabre that the tranny went out at 89,000 miles. Did just what yours is doing only your's lasted longer than mine. It cost me $1,800.00 to rebuild at a private garage and that was seven years ago. I've also had a tranny go out on a 1995 Park Avenue with 96,000 miles and a 1992 Riveria under 100,000 miles. These Buicks have a weak transmission. It's the only cars that I've had tranny problems with. The rest of the car will last for ever.
#53 of 101 Re: Lasabre transmission won't engage [wheeldeals]
Aug 13, 2009 (10:27 am)
Most people say just the opposite. The 4-speed is long lived. I had a 93 with no problems, 150K. I have a 98 with 168,000. I have an 03 with 92,000.
Sep 02, 2009 (8:46 am)
I bought a used 2000 Lesabre with 111,000 miles on it. When I have car in overdrive I get a whining noise. I don't think it shifts properly into overdrive so I drive it in 3rd gear. only whines when I am in overdrive about 50 miles per hour and higher. Is this a serious problem or do you know of easy fix. also I have a oil leak coming from top of engine. do you know of problem with gaskets on this model. engine is a 3800 V6 I don't know transmission style. Thanks for your help, Softballpapa
#55 of 101 Re: Transmission noise [softballpapa]
Sep 15, 2009 (4:48 am)
I would take my car to a transmission repair garage and have them check the whine. It may be a cheap fix if caught soon enough. Cars are like our bodies, the sooner you treat a problem the better.
At 10 years, the leak is probably your valve covers.