I believe I may need a new transmission. I was driving home and while making a right turn I hit a very small patch of ice. Not much ice but enough that the front tires slipped for about 1-2 second (literally 1-2 second). After that the engine reved up but I was getting no power to the wheels. I drifted a bit and then got a little power to the wheels but not much. Once I pulled over I tried to take off again in Drive, 1st, & 2nd gears and got nothing. Even reverse didn't work. I checked the fluid and it was about a half quart low. I added fluid and still got nothing. The fluid was a pinch on the dark side but didn't smell burned. I let the car sit overnight until I could get a tow home. When the tow truck arrived I tried again but still have nothing in 1st, 2nd or Drive. However, I do have very limited reverse.
I just bought this car a few months ago. It's literally a one owner cream puff. Absolutely no rust whatsoever, beautiful paint and spotless inside and out. I know the 81 year old lady who owned it and have all service records from the day she bought it and even have the window sticker and the original documentation from the dealership where she bought it. The 6 cylinder engine starts & runs fantastic.
My question is. Can I replace the transmission myself? I'm pretty savy in the garage and have performed tons of work including swamping engines and tranny's in other cars BUT never a front wheel drive vehicle. I have a compressor, snap-on air tools and a wide variety of other tools. Is this a job that a decent "home mechanic" can do?
Are there any special tools I would need to rent or buy? What instruction manual would you recommend?
Thanks for any advice you may have.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012 AT 1:48 PM