IntangibleId Posted December 10, 2008 Share Posted December 10, 2008 Hello all, I have a 1991 Legacy Non-Turbo with an Automatic transmission that has done something I don't understand...... Some time ago my wife tried to go to the store; she started the car, drove down our 1/2 mile long driveway, and turned onto the road. As soon as she got on the road she says the car started sounding strange.... She said it did not knock, ping, bang, or anything, only that it sounded like it was "breathing" differently than normal if you know what I mean. As she started to drive down the street, the car did not shift out of 1st gear, it simply went into higher and higher RPMs (up to like 4K) and wouldn't speed up past about 10-15 MPH..... At this point she heard someone behind her yell out "FIRE" and she pulled over and cut off the car to find a small fire occuring right below/beside the transmission on top of the catalytic converter that is closer to the front of the car......... The fire was easy to put out and didn't seem to damage anything (it was a VERY small fire which was burning on top of the catalytic converter... it seemed to be occurring as if a small amount of liquid was leaked onto this hot piece of the exhaust system......... Now the car starts but will not shift into anything above 1st gear and it barely has enough power to drive up onto ramps..... All fluid levels are fine, none of the fluids seem burnt or have flecks etc, the car has never had any kind of trouble aside from normal maintenance issues before.............. Any Ideas as to what happened and how I can go about diagnosing the issue/ repairing it???? My theory (I have only a very basic knowledge of mechanics however) is that something developed a small leak and a little fluid fell onto the top of the cat thus catching fire......Grandma tells me that the fancy transmission takes pressure in order to work and that a leak in the transmission line would prevent the transmission from being able to shift into a higher gear....... I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on this as I want to learn more about how to deal with car repairs and while I have access to tools and super cheap parts, I don't have access to a cheap mechanic to diagnose this problem.... Even if it's something really serious, I can afford to get a new transmission or something if it's needed. Thanks a lot, And By the Way- Badass Forum! -Id Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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