1995 Toyota Corolla transmission

Tiny
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  • 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 290,095 MILES
On colder days the overdrive will not engage for several (10-15) miles and it is chewing up my fuel economy. After I drive for a while the overdrive kicks in. The problem seems to appear when the outside air temp is below 45 degrees. The colder it is the longer I have to drive before the overdrive will engage. What is causing this and how hard is it to fix
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Monday, December 30th, 2013 AT 5:33 PM

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Tiny
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Start with getting the transmission serviced first it may be an oil related problem, let me know if this helps.
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 3:51 PM
Tiny
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I had the tranny services jun of last year. Had the filters and oil changed. The first thing I checked when this started to occur was the oil color and level; both were ok
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 4:38 PM
Tiny
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Time to get it looked at by a professional, I feel that it will bean internal fault, may be a faulty solenoid.
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 9:49 PM
Tiny
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Can the solenoid be removed and the wires spliced/joined to make a permanent connection? Like you can do with the clutch switch that prevents you from starting a manual transmission vehicle unless the clutch is all the way to the floor
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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 AT 7:07 AM
Tiny
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No, not as simple as that, keeping the transmission in overdrive all the time will damage the transmission.
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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 AT 12:17 PM
Tiny
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Is the solenoid hard to get to and replace or just time consuming? Also how common are the manual transmissions for this car?
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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 AT 4:06 PM
Tiny
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Time consuming and can be tricky as it is in the valve body, not something I would recommend that you do as there is a chance that more damage can be done if extreme care is not taken with transmission work, get a few quotes it may not be that expensive having it done by a professional, as for manuals, plenty out there but a big job to do a conversion.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 AT 3:44 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for all the info and time. Have a good new year.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 AT 1:33 PM
Tiny
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Not a problem, have a safe new year and thank you for using 2carpros.
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Friday, January 3rd, 2014 AT 3:29 AM

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