Car won't drive

Tiny
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1993 Eagle Vision 3.5L 135,000 The car will drive for about 5o feet then when you step on the gas the idle goes up and it tries to go but will barely budge at all. Looking for possible issues please help. If you turn it off the back on it will do the same thing.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 7:57 PM

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Tiny
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Your saying the engine idle raises, but the car doesn't move. Correct?
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
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Correct and you can tell its getting plenty of fuel but it will go but eek out maybe 5mph
A little back ground info if needed. It had the transmission seals replaced very recently had a new fuel filter and quick connect(becasue it broke cousing to leak fuel) The transmission fluid is clean oil clean.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 8:07 PM
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Re-check the level. I don't care if work was just done, it may have dropped or not been filled.

How old is the filter?
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 8:12 PM
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The tranny level is good and very red no funny smells or anything can only get up to about 25 mph and the rpms go up too. Oil and filter changed about 2000 miles ago. Its my brothers car I am trying to get a better description of what happened.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
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I meant the transmission filter, sorry for the confusion.

It sounds like a transmission slipping issue. It is odd it happened right after a seal reapir however, wrong fluid used? Ironic timing? Can try a transmission filter and see. May need a tranny?
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 8:58 PM
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I am the brother. It's my car.
Basically. You start it up and drive for about 40-50 feet then it seems as though the power is not being transfered fully to the wheels. It just doesn't want to go once you get to about 25-30 mph. It will maintain speed but very slow to speed up. Plenty of power but it doesn't want to go faster. You come to a stop and start to go again and it barely speeds up. Takes about 200 feet to get to 15-20 mph. I tried to drive it in 3rd and it worked at first but then not so much. It will reverse just fine. Any time you park it and turn it off then back on it will do the same. All fluid levels are fine. Idle is fine. Rpms fine. Sort of gives the feeling of being in a high gear when taking off but if it were stuck in a high gear it would have no problem going faster than 30-35.

My first thought was the transmission but it seems to shift gears fine. I'm thinking it may be a drive line type problem or torque converter. But I know almost nothing about cars.

Any advise or help you can give is highly appreciated. Thank you for your time and effort.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:03 PM
Tiny
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Would they replace the tranny filter when they resealed it?
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:06 PM
Tiny
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Hey Bro,

I'm still inclined to think there is a transmisision problem, maybe torque converter but same general thing. Again, the transmisison filter MAY, take car of it, may not. Sounds like it's slipping and if continued, it will need a trany.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:08 PM
Tiny
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A family friend says tranny sensor may be an issue.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:08 PM
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What sensor would that be?
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:09 PM
Tiny
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It feels like it gets some power but not the majority that is being provided by the engine so you may be right about a slipping issue. But it does go. I would think if the tranny was slipping the car would not drive at all, just kind of sit there and rev the engine. Does the tranny start to slip partially at first and give partial power then just give no power?
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:11 PM
Tiny
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What sensor would that be?

No clue. He just said a tranny sensor.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:13 PM
Tiny
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More typical that it starts out slow, but have seen it both ways.

No idea on the tranny sensor in relation to the problem.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:16 PM
Tiny
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So if it gives partial power it is the start of the slipping then? It was very sudden. No warning signs. No slips.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:17 PM
Tiny
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I have seen a variety. Some cars begin with a little sipping that gets worse, like yours. Some I have seen rapidly get worse, and then some were all of a sudden. That is more typical of a major fluid loss however. Often the source of the problem begins wiht a fluid loss situation adn the fluid is neglected to be checked causing damage.

I have seen the wrong fluid used that causes a slipping as well. I believe the eagle may require ATF+3 fluid, but not positive.
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Saturday, January 27th, 2007 AT 9:22 PM
Tiny
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Do you think Cottman Tranny shop may have put wrong fluid when reseal was done? The paper says ATF. I don't know much about fluid types.

I am have people tell me it sounds like a catalitic converter problem or fuel pump. The car gets plenty of fuel so I am think Cat. Conv. Or maybe a driveline problem.

Tranny shop says it sounds exhaust related.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 12:20 AM
Tiny
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IF the engine revs normal with no misfire, and the car doesn't move, it fits fts the description of a bad transmission, not a cat. Converter. Torque converter maybe, but that is usually more of a shudder problem in my experience.

How low did the fluid get leading up to the other seals being replaced. Often I see transmisssions get irreversible damage from fluid running low. Symptoms and problems sometimes do not surface for another few months of driving.

I would like to think they know better about putting in the right fluid, but I have seen it done my guys who either don't know better, don't care or don't believe it.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 5:41 AM
Tiny
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The car does move. Just barely. It does not just sit there and rev up. I goes but not fast.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 11:34 AM
Tiny
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I know others have said stuff about the fluid, but are you sure you checked it correctly? Some cars including some eagles have to be checked a certain way, mine has to be put into drive then reverse then neutral with the engine running and warmed up before you can check it
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 9:49 PM

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