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Username Post: '53 PowerGlide Question        (Topic#369086)
rrausch 
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07-31-22 12:10 PM - Post#2845227    

I'm asking for a friend of mine. He bought a pretty clean '53 Bel Air and it ran great. But recently the PG won't shift out of low gear.

Any ideas? He said he checked the fluid and it was not low.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 


drtyler 
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07-31-22 01:24 PM - Post#2845234    
    In response to rrausch

The one time mine wouldn’t shift out of Low was due to the fluid leaking out. I was unaware of the powerglide tendency to burp it out due to torque converter leakage.

If you check it cold, it reads ok (if not high). Hopefully your friend knows to check it while running.



 
rrausch 
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07-31-22 02:02 PM - Post#2845235    
    In response to drtyler

So you should check it when running and warmed up and in Neutral?

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
drtyler 
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07-31-22 02:49 PM - Post#2845240    
    In response to rrausch

Thats right. Doesn’t even have to be that warm, just run long enough to fill torque converter.



 
RAM_51 
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07-31-22 02:52 PM - Post#2845241    
    In response to rrausch

This is a detail scan of the maintenance guide visor cover placed on all new cars equipped with PowerGlide.

Attachment: PowerGlide_Visor_Maintenance_Guide_Detail.jpeg (2.44 MB) 4 View(s)




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rrausch 
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07-31-22 03:01 PM - Post#2845243    
    In response to RAM_51

Thanks guys. I just sent Ram's jpg to my buddy.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
rrausch 
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07-31-22 06:53 PM - Post#2845258    
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So Type A trans fluid isn't available anymore. Can he use Dexron? Or?

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
drtyler 
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07-31-22 07:13 PM - Post#2845259    
    In response to rrausch

Dex III is fine, as is Dex VI. I have used both.

Dexron VI is backwards compatible with Dexron III. And Dexron III was backwards compatible with the original Dexron ATF, which was the replacement for Type A fluid.




Edited by drtyler on 07-31-22 08:02 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
rrausch 
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08-02-22 05:34 AM - Post#2845342    
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Thanks. I told him.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
Gene_Schneider 
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08-07-22 06:27 PM - Post#2845589    
    In response to rrausch

Will not shift out of low..........the fluid has nothing to do with it. Most common cause the govonor gear is stripped. Se shop manual for simple govonor removal.

ChevGene 1934 Master sedan 1939 Master DeLuxe Town Sedan 1950 Styline DeLuxe Power Glide 1957 Nomad 283 PG 1963 Corvair Convertible


 
rrausch 
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08-08-22 06:02 AM - Post#2845598    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

Thanks Gene. I forwarded the info to him.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
gcrkfrd 
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08-08-22 12:26 PM - Post#2845621    
    In response to rrausch

The 62 PG I used in Chebby, would not shift out of Low, and I had to replace the Modulator.

1952 Styleline Sedan, 62-235, Drum brakes, Manual steering, 2" Drop, 8-60 AC, Glass packs, Two Carbs, and a Cast Iron PowerGlide-
Way out behind the Old School

Half a Dozen in a Row, all it needs for Her to go.


 
Gene_Schneider 
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08-09-22 08:34 AM - Post#2845656    
    In response to drtyler

If the modlator diaphram is bad on a 1950-1954 you will get a lot of exhaust smoke due to the PG fluid being drawn up into the intake manifold.

ChevGene 1934 Master sedan 1939 Master DeLuxe Town Sedan 1950 Styline DeLuxe Power Glide 1957 Nomad 283 PG 1963 Corvair Convertible


 
rrausch 
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08-09-22 12:39 PM - Post#2845665    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

Thanks. I've passed the messages on.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
Tony1963 
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08-09-22 04:15 PM - Post#2845675    
    In response to rrausch

I find it interesting that Chevrolet approved a 10W engine oil as a temporary substitute. How things have changed.

People fear change because it threatens what they know, or what they claim to know.


 
rrausch 
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08-10-22 06:44 AM - Post#2845694    
    In response to Tony1963

I ran 30-wt engine oil in my 1953 Chevy P.S unit back in the day. Worked great.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
Tony1963 
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08-10-22 06:47 AM - Post#2845696    
    In response to rrausch

I would think that any type of oil that has sufficient lubricating qualities, its compatibility with seals and its viscosity is acceptable.

Today it is almost a sin to not use what is specified and rightfully so.

People fear change because it threatens what they know, or what they claim to know.


 


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