Turbo 400 not kicking up to 3rd gear when hot...
Hey there, I have a HZ van with a 308 with a Turbo 400 tranny. I have been having problems with the tranny after a longer (or hotter day) drive (say over an hour to 2 hours+). After driving for that period of time in third gear, after you have come to a stop and then drive off again, it gets stuck in 2nd gear and you have to ease off the accelerator, then put your foot down then it eventually kicks back up to 3rd. But not all of the time.
Sometimes after that it will be in 3rd (3000rpm) then the speed stays the same but the revs go up to 3000-3500rpm and it is revving hard. Other times it gets stuck in 2nd at like 2750-3000rpm and just wont shift into third at all. A bit of a problem if you have to do 100km as you dont wanna blow up the tranny or motor.
Sometimes on occassions I see a waft of smoke come from the back. i just thought it might be an oil leak from the rear main hitting the exhaust or something and prob due to the fact that the engine and tranny is running hotter as it is stuck in 2nd gear.
I thought that these trannys were pretty much bulletproof. 1st to 2nd gear is no probs, only 2nd to 3rd gear when it has been a longer trip and/or a hotter day (Like when its 40 degrees). So a trip to Sydney is out of the question.
Was wondering if anyone knows what the problem is, and if it can be fixed. and if so, if there is a good, honest, reliable and comprehensive reapairer who is not gonna rip me off and be full of lies. Maybe it is a switch or something that needs replacing?
Would a reco or a rebuild off the current tranny be better?