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PostSubject: 95 trouble   95 trouble EmptySun Oct 28, 2012 8:16 pm

I took my 95 SC Riv to my mechanic because it was not shifting...sometimes. When the heater works the car shifts. Albert said that some of my problems with this car may be due to bad grounds so I asked my mechanic to check those. I just got off the phone with him and he said the grounds were fine. He has been using the computer on the car and is perplexed. The OBD1 doesn't make any sense and the OBD2 only seems to work on some things. He could make the transmission shift with it in the car. He has no experience with a 95 Riv. I tried to explain to him what I really know nothing about by telling him that on this forum I recall reading about a 1.5 computer that has to be used with the 95. Am I lying? Now what do I tell him because he has given up on my car? I can't really drive it if it won't shift even though it runs great.
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PostSubject: Re: 95 trouble   95 trouble EmptySun Oct 28, 2012 8:33 pm

do you have a aftermarket cooler installed?
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PostSubject: Re: 95 trouble   95 trouble EmptySun Oct 28, 2012 9:14 pm

No. All original. 60K.
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PostSubject: Re: 95 trouble   95 trouble EmptyMon Oct 29, 2012 2:44 am

The Riv's OBD 1.5 is basically OBD I reading thru an OBD 2 connector. .

If you are near a major city it should not be too hard to find a shop (other than a dealer) with the ability to scan the Riv. Also there is already a thread on scanners that will work. A GM dealer's Tech II will work.

Do not be surprised if the chain transmission shops have such scanners. Do not be surprised if the chains such as Goodyear and Firestone car care centers have them too - you might phone and ask. Also, do not be surprised if for a half hour's labor (or so) a GM dealer will "check and advise" concerning your issue. Finally, do not be surprised to find that many mechanics do not like to diagnose/repair electrical problems.


I am not a transmission specialist but i will "think out loud" about this one...

One, I am beginning to wonder if your car has a bunch of little vacuum leaks. If the rubber connectors at the vacuum tree (on top of engine) or at the various vac points have hardened odds are they leak, too. That alone will mess up your shifting.

Secondly, please carefully check the electrical connectors on the transmission for wires that have fatigued and broken inside the insulation. If you do not know how to check for this please post and say so.

Third, if your mechanic can make the transmission shift with the scanner, then you most likely do not have a problem with the solenoids and unless you find an external electrical problem is the cause then the transmission needs to be removed and opened for inspection. The parts to rebuild it while not free are not a fortune - the labor is what gets you on the transmission R&R. Your mechanic probably does not want to tear into the transmission, and the average transmission shop wants to put in a used or rebuilt transmission. If you are near a major city you might want to find a shop that actually rebuilds transmissions for the trade, limp over there for the diagnosis and repair if in fact that's the problem.

Fourth, I wonder if a sensor has gone bad - no way to tell without the scanner but just a thought.

Fifth, I wonder if there is transmission fluid inside the modulator (in which case, it's sprung a leak). If so it needs to be replaced.

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PostSubject: Re: 95 trouble   95 trouble EmptyMon Oct 29, 2012 4:23 pm

Based on the 'When the heater works the car shifts.' statement I'm thinking vacuum leaks too. The rubber connectors at the ends of the hard lines get brittle and crack causing leaks sometimes. The leaks can be hard to find.
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PostSubject: Re: 95 trouble   95 trouble EmptyMon Oct 29, 2012 5:47 pm

deekster_caddy wrote:
Based on the 'When the heater works the car shifts.' statement I'm thinking vacuum leaks too. The rubber connectors at the ends of the hard lines get brittle and crack causing leaks sometimes. The leaks can be hard to find.

Yeah, I am thinking the vac manifold (all the vac line and connectors) needs to be replaced, and/or there is a hidden electrical break in the harness going to the transmission, probably at one or more of the crimps at the terminals on either end of the wire from work-hardening of the copper over time. If I was there I"d connect a mityvac with gauge to the thing and see how fast it leaks down or if it even holds a vac at all. I would also use a Tech II to read the sensors that run off vacuum and check for the basis sensibility of the readings.
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