Follow up Re: <VV> PG no reverse and more

Steven steven at
Sun Dec 9 16:29:12 EST 2007

DOH!  And I can't blame this on the (prescribed) drugs either...

It's in a red & white can but it's "motor treatment".
Hmmm, now I see they have other products like the "trans tune".
(Note to self - next time check the manufacturer's website).

Well at least I didn't use it!

- Steve

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Harry Yarnell" <hyarnell1 at>
To: "Steven" <steven at>; <virtualvairs at>
Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2007 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: Follow up Re: <VV> PG no reverse and more

> Uh, it BETTER say something about working in an automatic.
> Seafoam has different products for different things. What you want is 
> Seafoam Trans Tune...think it'a a red and white can.
> Doubt it'll help in this situation, but it can't hurt.
> harry yarnell
> perryman garage and orphanage
> hyarnell1 at
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Steven" <steven at>
> To: <virtualvairs at>
> Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2007 3:39 PM
> Subject: Follow up Re: <VV> PG no reverse and more
> Here's follow up to my post from last week.  Based on the <VV> responses I 
> bought a new modulator, gasket, and hose from Clark's and (after my 
> unrelated medical delay this week) installed these today with mixed 
> results. I'd say the modulator was part of the problem, but I obviously 
> have more to do.  The fluid level is correct, checked warm, in neutral.
> There is no more puff of white smoke off the line and no more engine 
> knocking off the line so that's good!
> However, off the line in reverse there is still a lot of slippage but 
> after a good while it does grab good and I can back up, even up hill.  And 
> off the line in Drive I get a very harsh vibration unless I am very light 
> on the accelerator.  Off the line in 1st is no problem.  Shifting from 1st 
> to Drive results in intermittent slippage and at speed I can get 
> intermittent slippage under acceleration in either forward gear.
> Now, I have to admit that before I consulted the <VV> brethren I did add 
> some of the stuff they sell at FLAPS to seal up leaks (Lucas transmission 
> fix) which is kind of viscous.  I
> My thinking now is that it's time to drop the pan, clean the screen, and 
> putting in fresh ATF.
> I suppose another option would be to try the Seafoam since I have a full 
> can handy but I'll need to drain off a little of the ATF so as not to 
> overfill. (Incidentally the can doesn't say anything about using it in 
> automatic transmissions which made me hesitant)
> Any other sage advice is welcome.
> Thanks,
> - Steve Brown
> '69 Monza convertible
> '62 Rampside
>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: Steven <steven at>
>  Yesterday I drove home my 3rd Corvair. 340 miles. Before taking the car I 
> test drove it and it shifted fine, all gears seemed OK. Fluid level was 
> OK. Previous owner said it has had a small leak for 10 years and all he 
> added about 1 pint at the beginning of each summer. So anyway, after about 
> 100 miles I take a rest stop and in the parking lot on a hard right low 
> speed, the PG slips. While filling the gas I checked the fluid level and 
> it was about 1/2 pint low so I added a few ounces of tranny fluid. All 
> good on the highway. Once near home in the neighborhood again I have 
> slippage on a hard right. This all not so bad? But this morning, I start 
> her up and I have no forward and no reverse. I check the ATF and the dip 
> stick has nothing on it!! There is no fluid under the car on the ground. I 
> added about 1 pint and I seem to have forward, but still no reverse, and I 
> have to back it up to move it. So, does this make any sense? Can the 
> tranny be that low on fluid and still have seemed OK? I'm thinking of just 
> adding ATF unitl I see the level on the dipstick. Is this safe or do I 
> risk overfilling?
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