Turbo Hydra-Matic 400, installed in a '73 Jeep, AMC 304 (might be 360, but same-same).
History: Linkage ALWAYS been sloppy. Park was often hard to find, so care was taken where I stopped. Vehicle is only driven off-road for short distances/duration, maybe 10 miles or an hour at a time. Rough terraine. Rear axle was locked permanently recently. Been driving this POS for near 20 years. Recently, the PARK detent stopped, well, detenting. Then, a leak, leading to a near pour. Leak is now intermitant, which make NO sense! Keep readin’…
Symptoms: Only works intermittentaly. Weirdist thing: When topped off with fluid, will run for a mile or so, then lose drive. Turn off the engine, wait a minute, and fire it up and it will go in whatever gear you have selected (no safety switch). Leaks sometimes, but doesn’t act like its out of fluid, until it stops driving. Shut it off, wait a minute and off it goes! It will go for maybe a minute (or a half-mile or so) and then slowly lose all drive. However, if you move the shifter from Drive to N, stop and try to engage R, nothing! Sometimes it will go from R to Drive (again, fluid level seems to be okay).
I admit, I know little about Auto Trans. Seems like VooDoo or Black Arts to me. Lots of little tubes and valves. I prefer Flay Rods.
Is it the Torque Converter (which I know nothing about)? And how does that work? Why would it quit drive, then after stopping for a minute move again? Fluid leaking down in the converter?
When it leaked, it seamed to come from the upper side of the passenger side. Can’t seem to duplicate it now. Had the Jeep up on blocks, running in Drive with me lying underneath it (suicide note, this is!).
But I know a couple of Dopers who can steer me in the right direction.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. The e30 is singing like a songbird!