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A/T Light stays on...

Posted By: Anonymous

A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 03:06 AM

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,

- h
Posted By: FrankR

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 03:16 AM

Sounds like the sensor is bad to me. You should have a look to see where the fluid is leaking. That's not a huge amount of fluid depending on how long it has been since it was last filled, but it's enough to cause major concern - at least keep an eye on it to see the rate of leakage because it shouldn't be leaking at all. and if it suddenly blows a seal on the highway you may not know it until it's too late - particularly with a bad sensor.

Frank
Posted By: rapha

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 03:38 AM

Check the hoses for leaks and try to track it down. The sensor will cause the light to stay on, is about about $15 from the stealer and is a 10 minute job. Good Luck!

Carlos
Posted By: DaphneD

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 04:47 AM

Stickied at top of page: Mitsubishi 4x4 Frequently Asked Questions for New Members
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 05:26 AM

DougB -

I did see the sticky; I was mostly wondering if the light-always-on means the sensor is bad, no matter what, or if it could mean something is wrong.

I guess it always means the sensor is bad?

-h
Posted By: rapha

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 05:42 AM

Hoody,
The sensor is usually a good, cheap, and easy place to start. Like offroader said, water and electric connections don't mix. If the filter has not been changed (that you know of) you may as well do that as well. DougB did a very good write-up with pics on the filter change. Good Luck.

Carlos
Posted By: DaphneD

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 06:08 AM

A/T Temp light on all the time means that the sensor is busted. Keep in mind, if you drive the truck with a busted sensor, you may still be overheating your transmission and not know it!
Posted By: off-roader

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 05:34 PM

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I did see the sticky;


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...Like offroader said, water and electric connections don't mix... Carlos


I did? OK, probably on another post.

Hoody,

I've found on mine that is sometimes gets wet which shorts out the sensor temporarily. Usually after things dry, the sensor works fine again. Do let us know what you decide to do and how you make out on the repair.

Ray
AKA Off-Roader
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/22/05 08:24 PM

I am here in Southern CA and with the heavy rains, my light keeps going off and on. I had it parked for the day and when I went home, within one minute the light came on. I would say replace the sensor and/or make sure the old is sealed properly.
Posted By: rapha

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/23/05 02:10 AM

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I did? OK, probably on another post.


Actually talking about the same situation.

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I have no idea how I remembered that, and it probably makes me look like a freak. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Carlos
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/23/05 03:26 AM

That's exactly the sort of situation I'm having. Thanks for digging it up! I wonder why I didn't find it when searching.

This morning, the light was off (finally - it must have dried up). After driving two miles on the freeway behind a semi in the driving rain, the light came back on. Water? Temp? Evidence points toward water. I'll get the sensor checked out tomorrow. Its a lot cheaper than a transmission...

- h
Posted By: off-roader

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/23/05 03:32 AM

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I have no idea how I remembered that, and it probably makes me look like a freak. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

Carlos


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Dude, that was 8 months ago... let it go... <GRIN>

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Actually, I only wish my memory was that good with everything. Funny thing is, I'll remember minutia details on the wierdest things but on other things, nothing but a haze or blank page. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: rapha

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/24/05 04:44 AM

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I'll get the sensor checked out tomorrow. Its a lot cheaper than a transmission...


If you decide to change the sensor be prepared to catch the tranny fluid that drains out when it's removed. Fluid runs in the lines at the bottom of the sensor and that it how the temp is taken. This may have been common knowledge to some but caught me by surprise and I had a small puddle to clean up. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

Carlos
Posted By: dadrab

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 02/28/05 08:42 PM

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Cheap cat litter is your friend.
Posted By: awineke

Re: A/T Light stays on... - 03/01/05 12:36 AM

Anybody have a photo of the location? I know it's supposed to be on one of the return lines on the passenger side of the tranny, but I've looked a couple times and didn't spot any likely candidates. What size wrench does it take?
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