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Hans1965

1956 Cadillac - hydramatic no gears urgent!!!!

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Dear all, standing on the highway with my CdV and in need of quick and good advice. No matter what I do with the hydramatic gear selector, there are no gears. Car is in neutral and idles fine, but no reverse, no low, no drive. Still in neutral. Looks like the connection of the lever to the transmission is gone. Any other explanation, quick fix or solution?

We were driving in 4th gear, then it shifted down to 3rd for no apparent reason and then it was in neutral and no power anymore. 

 

Don't want to crawl underneath. Here is the start of school holidays and high traffic. Thanks, Hans 

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Call AAA, get it towed home.

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Hi, just crawled underneath. No easy fix. Linkage between shift leaver and transmission is completely okay. That leaves it to the tranny. I just drained it and now I open the pan... 

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Was not low on fluid. Checked that even on the highway while idling. 

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Since everything stopped working all at once it sounds to me like the transmission lost pressure. Possibly due to a failure of the front pump. Just a guess. Let us know if you find anything in the pan.

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