Hi guys -
I posted earlier this week about a leaking transmission. I've got an 89 Montero, 125k.
The A/T light had been coming on after driving about 30 minutes. I put it in Park a couple of times and waited a looooong time for the light to go off. (20 minutes is a long time to sit in a grcoery store parking lot).
The last time the light came on, I was about 2 minutes from my house, and it was late. I turned off the engine instead of sitting in park. Now the darn light won't go off - it is on from the minute I start the car.
I topped off the ATF - it took about 2/3 of a quart to get to the "hot" range notches, checked when the engine was fully warmed up. Even after putting in the fluid and idling for a half-hour, the light it still on.
I know the A/T Temp can't possibly be at 300 degrees after a night out in the cold, so the sensor is either busted or it is telling me something else is wrong. Does the A/T light mean anything other than "Your trans. fluid is too hot right now"? Could it mean "Hey dummy, you need to have this looked at"?
I live in the Los Angeles area; it has been raining like crazy here (Hard to believe, I know). Every time the light has come on, it has been wet out. Off-Roader wrote in this post
that his temp sensor was messed up by the wet weather.
Anything I can do to check this out? Is 2/3 quart very much transmission fluid? In my last post, you guys speculated that the A/T light was coming on because there wasn't enough fluid - would that be low enough to cause a problem? Or could the problem be the sensor all along? Or something else?
Thanks, I appreciate your advice,