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'93 Legacy Wagon Auto transmission code problem(?)

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#1 frizzyrick



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:32 PM

Hey gang, I'm hoping to tap the pool of knowledge here to help figure out my tranny problem(?)  Recently the POWER light on my wagon started flashing.  I followed the test procedure I found on another thread here and it indicated 14: Shift Solenoid 2.


So, where do I go next? The reason I say problem(?) is that the car seems to be running well. This leads me to wonder whether this is just a electrical connection problem and if some degree of wire wiggling could save me from buying a $180 part.  Can anybody provide me with some procedural troubleshooting tips?



#2 johnceggleston


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:05 PM

shift solenoid #2 is inside the trans in the valve body.

there are several of them in there.

but go in to replace one is not a task i would attempt.


if the trans is driving well,

are you sure you read the code correctly?


a shift solenoid failure is pretty rare.

a wire or connector problem may be more common.


how does the car do when driving slow tight circles on dry pavement.?

a duty C solenoid failure in the transfer clutch of the trans is much more common.

this will cause binding in tight turns.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I got called away for a trip to Colorado. But thank you for your help.


After scrolling further through the thread describing how to read the handshake method I found out that you are right.  The code was two longs and four shorts: duty C solenoid.


I did some slow tight circle testing in a parking lot, but still was not able to detect any binding.


Next I pulled and reinstalled the fuse for the tcu, which cleared the Power code and then did a short drive resulting in another fault on the duty c solenoid.


What else might I check?  

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