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#108 of 167 Reset Limp Mode - 2000 Trooper S Automatic 4WD
Jun 03, 2011 (9:17 am)
I have a 2000 Troop S - automatic transmission with 4WD. Recently the transmission has been a source of frustration to me.
About 2 months ago, the engine would flare between 2nd and 3rd gear while shifting, like it didn't catch immediately. I figured something was starting to wear out but in this economy I didn't have much choice but to drive it until it failed. Which it did, about 2 weeks later. I was on my way to pick up my wife from work and it was shifting into 4th and didn't catch a gear at all and then even as I slowed down it caught nothing. Not fun. I pulled over on the highway and after a minute found that if I would turn the car off and back on immediately I could get first gear...for a minute or two and would even shift into second gear. But after a few minutes of operating in that manner or if I had to stop at a light it was done. So I drove it the 15 miles back home half driving, half coasting (when I hit 10mph I would shift into neutral, shut off the vehicle, restart it and throw into L which would engage with a rather hard jerk. I know that was double-plus ungood, but at that point I figured the thing was toast and it was that or pay $100 I didn't have for a wrecker to tow me home.
I got it to the transmission shop and they took a look at it. Said the filter was clogged with clutch material, they managed to get it operational back to the point I had a couple weeks before (flaring between 2nd and 3rd) for a minimal cost but it needed a full rebuild at $2500. So I started calling around to the other transmission shops and found one that would rebuild the transmission and replace the pump for significantly less ($1400). I took that route.
So the rebuilt transmission is running just fine, except it is still in "limp mode" where in addition to the "Check Transmission" light flashing constantly, it will start very slowly into first and work it's way up to running normally. It's a PITA annoyance more than anything else, and if I'm at an intersection or other spot where I need to start moving quickly I have to manual shift from L to 2 to 3 to D and it works fine.
The shop where I had the work done doesn't have an interface for Isuzu computers so they couldn't reset the thing out of limp mode. And let's face it, that's an expensive piece of equipment to own for a product line that no longer exists except for large commercial vehicles. He told me the computer should figure it out on its own eventually ("couple of days"). I've been driving this thing for about a week now, several hundred miles, and no dice.
I had to put a new cat-back exhaust on this week as well, and my regular mechanic tried to reset it and couldn't do it either. I called around to the other shops and they don't seem to have the right computer interface either. And there are no Isuzu dealerships anymore anywhere near here. Should have thought about this 5 years ago when I bought an Isuzu I suppose.
Anyway, is there a way that I can manually "reset" the computer to clear out this limp mode stuff and get my vehicle operating normally?
#109 of 167 2002 Isuzu Trooper Transmission hell
Jun 03, 2011 (5:44 pm)
I am now working on my having 3rd rebuilt transmission on my 2002 Trooper. It slips and/or shudders when I first take off. I'm thankful its doing just that. When I purchased it used from a dealer, it came with a warranty. Unfortunately the warranty company insisted I take it to one of their "reputable" service centers when the transmission started acting up the first time, which turned out to be Tiedt's Radiator Shop (yes... you heard correctly, a radiator shop) in Nashville. As far as I'm concerned, they were not the place to take it, and I had to take it back a second time just a few weeks after I got it back. Now less than 50,000 miles later after the 2nd rebuild I'm having the same issues with the transmission again. To compound matters, there is no Isuzu dealership within a 100 mile radius of Nashville, so I'm hosed. If you're thinking about getting a Trooper, run the other way as fast as you can!
#110 of 167 Wet Floor on Driver's Side 2001 Trooper
Jun 03, 2011 (9:26 pm)
I recently bought a 2001 Isuzu Trooper that has a wet floor on the driver's side. I was told that the seal around the window had to be resealed and the leakage happened before this was done. Unfortunately, the floor has not dried and seems wetter. From what I can tell, nothing is running down any sides, only the floor well. Any thoughts on what may be causing this? Thanks in advance!
#111 of 167 Re: 2002 Isuzu Trooper Transmission hell [bobthemusicdog]
Jun 08, 2011 (1:35 pm)
I had the same problem, mine went out for the third time Friday night. Of course I had to be an hour from home...ough! I am a single mom and it's going to be hell to get it fixed again. Good luck all you Trooper owners out there. Too, sad!
#115 of 167 1997 Trooper Limited, Trans problems
Jul 14, 2011 (2:49 pm)
Sounds like my problem is related to some others I have read here, It has been over 100 degrees everyday for weeks now (dont know if that has anything to do with it) but all of a sudden the Air Conditioning will go off, and it has a major loss of power. I can turn it off and then back on and its back to normal. Any Ideas??
#116 of 167 Re: 2001 Isuzu Trooper Transmission Problems ????? [tdarden3k]
Sep 26, 2011 (6:20 am)
I have a 2001 Trooper with the Diag Speed Sensors going bad. Can I replace them with one from the Junkyard or where can I buy them? Can the repair be don't by me?
#117 of 167 Re: 2001 isuzu trooper transmision problem...HELP [edison_emia]
Sep 26, 2011 (6:30 am)
Did you ever get your 2001 Trooper Transmission Fix. I have the same problem. Please reply