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I started to do my engine swap today. First order of business is to drain the Mercon V out of the tranny using A-Train's suggested method of connecting a hose to the top Rad fitting. So I do that, start the motor up. WTF, no fluid! So I rev the engine to about 2000 RPM and fluid comes dribbling out, and it's really dark and wierd looking. I ran the engine for about 2 minutes and got about 2 cups of fluid. I figure there's something seriously wrong so I stop. I reconnect the host to the rad (I have a tranny cooler), and start the car and check the fluid level in the tranny. It shows about right on the dip stick and the color doesn't look that bad. I'm worried about the lack of pressure. WHen I did the J-mod, draining the fluid using this method took just a few minutes. Right now the only problem I've got with the tranny is that it's in converter lockup mode all the time.
Any ideas as to what could cause the symptoms I've described?
 

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This is just a guess, but when I recently got my trans rebuilt, the guy told me that he bypassed the radiator and hooked up the lines directly to the new cooler because he says those radiators become clogged up over time. He ensured me it was better this way. Don't know if that's related to your problem though.
 

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Sounds like it might be. I think that the clutch material is being worn off in the t/c and that's why the fluid looks so dark. My mechanic friend thinks that the filter is plugged. I'm getting the tranny rebuilt next week. This shop has a dyno where they can test after they're done. My buddy's gonna complete the engine swap once the transmission comes back. It's gonna cost me about 1200.00 CDN for labor and about 650.00 for the rebuild. The tranny shop will maintain the j-mods. That blows the budget, so I will have to postpone the body/paint renew. :mad:
 
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