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QUESTION: My 2000 Lumina transmission runs smooth until it gets hot.  After driving it for about 45 minutes it starts to bump a little after taking off from a light or any other stopped  place.  What can I do to fix it or not fix it?  The car in not worth but about $1000.
Thank you.

ANSWER: HI LESLIE,,WELL THIS IS A HARD QUESTION TO ANSWER. IS THE CK ENG LIGHT ON ??? IF IT IS HAVE IT SCANNED TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY TRANSMISSION CODES IN THE SYSTEM. IF SO, THIS WILL GIVE THE MECHANIC A IDEA AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE TRANSMISSION [[IF THERE ARE ANY TRANSMISSION CODES IN THE SYSTEM...]]HAVE YOU CHECKED THE FLUID WHILE THE CAR IS RUNNING ?? MAKE SURE IT IS FULL..ALSO IS IT CLEAN [RED] OR DIRTY BROWN AND SMELLS BURNED..IF DIRTY AND SMELLS, YOU MAY WANT TO TRY AND HAVE IT FLUSHED WITH NEW FILTER AND OIL..THERE IS NO SURE FIRE WAY THAT THIS WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM..IT SOUNDS TO ME AS IF THE OIL GETS THINNED OUT FROM THE HEAT AND BY-PASSES THE SEALS IN THE CLUTCH DRUMS TO ALLOW FULL CLUTCH PRESSURE IN WHICH WILL CAUSE A SLIP OR AS YOU SAY [BUMP] UNTILL IT LOCKS UP..HOPE THIS YOU AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU,,,TOM..

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QUESTION: Hi Tom
No the engine light is not on and I have had the transmission fluid changed.   Should it have a different grade of fluid?  Should I have the seals changed?   Thank you
Leslie Ruth

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HI LESLIE,NO THERE IS NO OTHER GRADE OF FLUID TO REPLACE IT WITH.HAVE YOU CHECKED IT WHILE THE ENG IS RUNNING TO MAKE SURE IT IS FULL ??? THE SEALS THAT I AM TALKING ABOUT ARE INTERNAL. THE TRANS WOULD NEED TO BE REMOVED AND TAKEN APART TO GET AT THEM. YOU COULD STILL GET THIS SCANNED AND SEE IF THERE ARE ANY CODES ON THE TRANSMISSION SIDE OF THE PCM TO BE SURE.. SOMETIMES THEY WILL NOT SET A CK ENG LIGHT..IT IS WORTH A TRY..SOME PARTS STORES WILL SCAN THIS FOR FREE FOR YOU...OTHER THEN THAT,,THERE IS NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO..YOU HAVE DONE ALL YOU CAN DO.YOU COULD PUT SOME TRANSMISSION CONDITIONER IN IT,IF YOU WANT TO. BUT THIS SOMETIMES IS LIKE SNAKE OIL !!! JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS..GOOD LUCK TO YOU,,TOM....

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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high school,4 years of tech school,and many many hours of auto training with many gm classes and aftermarket training classes..

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