Shifting Issues


Asked by Dec 09, 2014 at 02:13 PM about the 1985 Chevrolet C/K 10

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1985 Chevy K-10 is not shifting correctly.  From what I can hear/feel from driving it, it
always seems to be in the next lowest gear from what it should be based off of the
speed of the vehicle.

-Sounds like not enough fuel is getting to the engine.  every ten minutes, it makes that
running-out-of-fuel clunking sound.
-Tries to shift up to the next gear at higher speeds, but then shifts back down almost
immediately after shifting up
-Delayed acceleration.  There is about 3-6 seconds of unchanged activity no matter
how fast I throw the accellerator pedal down.

-If there is some input sensor for determining the speed, maybe this is failing?
-Possible fuel leak?  No puddle forms when sitting still.  The bad gas mileage is most
likely from driving in the lower gears.

I know the basics about vehicles, but this one seems to be one step further from my
current knowledge.  Any ideas will help.  If more detail is needed, let me know.  

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...I should also add that the transmission fluid levels seem to be at the right levels. Same can be said for all of the other fluid levels in the vehicle.


I am having a similar problem with my 1985 Chevy step side C10, I replaced the motor about 6 months ago. When driving the truck it feels like the power is just not there when the trans tries to change gears. When I put the truck in neutral the engine seems to rev at a normal sounding level. Sorry I don't have the answer but if someone does know the answer it might help us both.

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