Trans problem

RichieRichie Senior Contributor
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I just want to say thanks to Gus Souza for fixing my auto trans problem  over the phone. Gus is an amazing old guy.

The Hornet has just sat most of the time for a couple of years and the trans locked up. Gus told me when a car sits for long periods of time this condition will happen. I did what he said to do and trans works fine now. Thanks Gus. Richie.

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  • ski4life65ski4life65 Expert Adviser
    Posts: 810
    So........What did he tell you to do? :)
  • RichieRichie Senior Contributor
    Posts: 964
    Gus told me the cone clutch which is aluminum reacts with and gets stuck with a dissimilar metal after sitting for long periods of time. He said to rock the car back and forth from drive to reverse and it should pop loose, "It did" and I drove it around the block. All shifts are normal. I will start driving it on a regular basis now. Richie 
  • iceblade10iceblade10 Member
    Posts: 213
    Good info to know!
    Stephen Repas
    1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
    Southeastern PA
  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Senior Contributor
    Posts: 3,221
    I never had this issue with my cars, but I think that changing the ATF at regular intervals is a good idea. Old fluid especially the ealier Type A and Dextron II don't have the same antioxidant additives and "clinginess" of the current iteration of Dextron VI. The galvanic reaction that would make the cone clutch stick won't happen if the fluid stays (clings) to the surfaces, therefore keeping air and moisture off.  Just how long was this car sitting when the cone clutch stuck?
  • RichieRichie Senior Contributor
    Posts: 964
    Ken, the car was only driven occasionally for almost two years. The trans has a leak and dripped oil everywhere we went, so we drove it less and less. Richie.
  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Senior Contributor
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    So it is possible the level dropped low enough to uncover the reverse cone clutch and expose it to the air and humidity?

  • RichieRichie Senior Contributor
    Posts: 964
    Anything is possible Ken, I kept it full as after every ride I would check it and add what was needed. I drove it again yesterday and drives good. Added some Lucas stop leak as Gus suggested.
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