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Hi all,
I have a 1987 Legend, Automatic with 122K miles(105 when I bought). I bought this for 4K about 1.5 yrs ago. So far the car has been really amazing without any problem.
Recently I am seeing some.. First my power steering fluid level went low (really low) every 2 months and when I checked my mechanic says the rack and pinion is leaking and that I have to replace it which would cost ~800$. I am still deciding what to do with it. In the mean time I keep filling the PSF everytime it empties to keep it running.


Last week my tranny seemed to have problems. It doesn't shift to gear when I use D4 or D3. But when I use with low gear 2, it moves and then as it moves I shift to overdrive. The problem seem to be only in the beginning when it shifts into gear. After that, shifting to 2, 3, and 4 looks as smooth as it ever been. Other than that there is no wierd sounds or noise from the tranny.

I checked the tranny fluid and it looks brown and I think I need to replace it.. But when I checked with a tranny specialist,to be sure, he says we need to rebuild the tranny - 2500$

I am totally confused what to do now with both these problems. I am thinking I will change the tranny fluid and see how things are before going further.

I just found this site yesterday and thought you people can help me.. Please give me your advice on this..
 

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I have that problem of the psf leaking
i just let it leak and fill it up again
its cheaper to refill the psf than spend 700+ fixing it
as far as your tranny is concerned, definately switch over the Honda ATF
its better for our trannys, also have your solenoids checked out

but i would recommend u first do a tranny flush with the honda atf which u can get at any honda dealer
the psf cant be leaking that bad, can u actually see it on the ground after u park?

if not then i think u should just refill the psf up
thats what im doing
 

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Thanks for the advice..
I don't see any leaks on ground after parking or anytime..
So I guess I will continue to refill regularly..

since I have no experience doing mechanic stuff and this is my first car, this may be a stupid question.. how difficult is it checking the solenoids and can I do it myself ??
if I ask my mechanic to do it does he have to take the transmission out or can he just do it as he changes the fluid ? just want to make sure I am not ripped off for this !
 

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There's a post in the legend.org forum that describes a step by step procedure for checking and fixing the solenoids. The title of the post is "for your solenoids". Use the advanced search and you'll find it.
 

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since you are not use to fixing cars i suggest you let your trusted mechanic look at it
let me look at it when he does the tranny flush with honda atf
remember the keyword: Honda ATF
makes all the difference for the tranny, driving wise and for longivity
 

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Ok this is what I did..
I took it to my transmission mechanic (second. First I took to aamco who recommended only to rebuilding it) and he looked at it. Since the D3 and D4 doesn't shift but the low gear(gear 2) works fine. He suspects that the clutch for D3 and D4 is gone.
He also says that if the problem is with the fluid or solenoid, then it would be the same for all 3 gears which is not. So, changing the fluid or fixing the solenoid wouldn't help.
I kinda get that feeling too..

He gave me a quote for used japanese tranny with torque converter with abt 40K miles on it for $1500, including labour..

another thing we noted today is that one of the mounts seems to be broken too. the engine shakes crazy when shifting gears.

With 122K miles on it, I am kinda inclined to doing the tranny if that would make my car run for another 30-40k with proper maintenance.. what would you people suggest ?
 

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1500 for a used tranny sounds a lil too much even with the tourque converter
try looking in the junk yards and u might get both for 1000 or even less

how can it only have 40 k miles? that must be a mistake, or someone is messing with it

one of my tranny mounts is bad too i think...when i put it in reverse sometimes i jerks really bad and sometimes it shifts rather smoothly

if i were you, i would change the fluid and then just drive it till your tranny gives up...then think about putting another tranny it
you can even buy/look for a cheaper tranny now and put it in when this one gives up
up to you
good luck
 

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Theres more than one solenoid... so it wont be that you have the same problem with every single gear if just one solenoid is crapped out.
 

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I am just going to change the fluid and check the solenoids now.. will tell you how it is when it's done.
 
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