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I have owned my 1992 2.4 Turbo Auto Surf now for about one year. She has cost me a few dollars, the usual, head gasket (head) radiator etc, but I still love her and she is generally well behaved.
I am struggling with the auto in mine at the moment, but I'll give a quick background first.
I recently changed all the oils, making sure that the auto fluid was Dexron2 etc.
On 2nd Jan, we drove over to Bremer Bay for a week where we did some four wheeling in soft beach sand, but not much.
While over there the auto started playing up.
To begin with, it dropped out off gear coming into town, and then gave a couple of shudders as she picked up third again, She then made a couple of funny slippy changes, made a funny noise when I dropped it into first, then stopped all this bad behavior and amazingly drove well all the way back to Albany where we live.
Then she started playing up again, eventually yesterday, she wouldn't go into gear at all, engine just reves. I can turn off the ignition, then start her back up and she drives fine for a little while then loses gears again
I've had a good read about possible causes and the most likely culprit seems to be this earth strap/wire to the auto? that everyone keeps talking about. Jez posted this photo on another post - http://groups.msn.com/toyotasurf/egrvsv ... otoID=7347
When I looked for this wire on my beast, the whole wire and bolt was missing, so I'm very keen to locate it and hook it back up. Problem is, I don't know where the other end of this line might be?? There is just no sign of the original wire? Can anyone help?