Yesterday, while driving home about 60-65 miles per hour, my engine (rpm) suddenly revved up to almost 4000. When I let up on the gas, it still did not go back down. I pulled over, stopped the car, and then took off again by manually shifting into, 1, 2, and D. It seemed fine. When I stopped to make a turn and took off again, it shifted on its own. Then again. When I hit about 60-65 MPH, it revved up high again and would not go back down when until I let up to about 40 MPH.
I live in the country. So not a whole lot of places to stop. But I made it to the neighborhood tire shop where we found: 1. My transmission fluid level is WAY high (I did not add anything and have not had my oil changed in 3 months or so for anyone else to) 2. It is very dark brown.
For now, I am going back over there today as soon as I can get a filter and some new fluid and they are going to change it for me and put in the proper amount of clean fluid. But it seems to me due to how sudden this was that there is something else going on? I am praying I don't need a new transmission because I quite frankly can't afford it and this has been an AWESOME car. I got it for $1500, I have been driving it for a year and a half with over 160,000 miles on it and the only thing I have had to do with it is get a new battery and change the oil : )
Just so you know, yes, my engine light is on, but it has been for a long time due to the O2 sensor needed service.
Thank you for your help
Friday, September 22nd, 2006 AT 7:07 AM