2002 Isuzu Axiom Transmission?

Tiny
DEB WILLIAMS
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  • 2002 ISUZU AXIOM
  • 100,450 MILES
This car has an automatic transmission with torque on demand. About a month ago I was driving my husband to work. Had to go up a little incline, stop, then turn right onto a four-lane highway. When I did, it felt like the back tires spun. My husband noticed it. I back into a turnaround on our driveway before heading down the driveway. I noticed the same feeling when I pulled forward at slow speed, and a little "kick" at the top of the drive before heading downhill toward the road. Noticed it again when I turned left onto the state route. This has happened several times. One day leaving work, I backed up from my space on a blacktop parking lot, stopped and gave a little gas. Happened again. My husband started driving the car last week and had the same problem. We had a mechanic drive the car, same thing. He said it was a transmission problem. Yesterday, we had the transmission filter and fluid changed. The fluid was really low and very dirty. I drove the car today and it's still doing the same thing. I know these cars are notorious for transmission problems. My husband is going to drive it again for the next few days and possibly take it for a second opinion. It has a little over 105,000 miles on it. There is no slip in the transmission, no problem changing gears. Only the rear wheels seeming to get too much power on take off, regardless of the amount of gas given. If I let the car start forward on its own before hitting the accelerator, no problem. What say you? Thanks.
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 AT 5:32 PM

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Tiny
TY ANDERSON
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It sound like you have a transmission problem within the idle (or creep) and first gear. From your explanation is sounds like something within the transmission is sticking and when you start to accelerate it slams in instead of smoothly engaging. Yes, these transmissions do have a lot of issues. If I was to make a guess I would say the accumulator is not dampening the shift or one of the valves within the valve body of the transmission. Either one some transmission disassembly is required. Hope this answers you question, TY
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 AT 6:15 PM
Tiny
DEB WILLIAMS
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Thanks, Ty. I'm going to run off my question and your answer as a place to look. Seems to be baffling so far. Just curious, would this just be a tranny repair or require a replacement transmission? My last question, I promise. Thanks again.
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 AT 6:27 PM
Tiny
TY ANDERSON
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I would say, if there is nothing else wrong with your Axiom and you what to keep it for a long time you'd be better off replacing the whole transmission. If you just replacing one or a few components inside a transmission, it opens the door for more problems to occur (by whom ever is servicing the vehicle or longevity of the transmission). By replacing some of the transmission parts, you have some new parts and everything else inside the transmission has 100k miles on it.
If you don't plan on keeping your vehicle do the most cost effective repair and get another vehicle.
If you decide to replace the transmission. Have it diagnosed at reputable transmission shop. Do your homework and shop around. Research some shops online and check out they're reviews by customers.
Again, I hope this answered you question, TY
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 AT 9:26 PM
Tiny
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That answered it, Ty. Thanks so much.
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Thursday, September 5th, 2013 AT 5:53 PM

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