1996 Chevy Lumina isn't working correctly.

Asked by Apr 02, 2015 at 09:02 PM about the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

First let me say, I am a 20 year old
girl who knows VERY little about
cars! I inherited this car from my
grandma. It has less that 47,000
miles and everything original. I was
driving it normal, like I always do &
whenever I hit 30 mph I noticed it
making a weird noise. When I tried
increasing speed it wouldn't increase
speed and started making a noise
(sounds like when your cars in park
and you hit the gas.) so, I pulled over,
and restarted my car. It started up
fine and at about 20 MPH it started
doing the same thing. When I
stopped at a stop light and began to
drive again, it got up to 40 and then
started doing it again. I have no idea
what's wrong. I always seem to get
taken advantage of at Mechanic
places because I'm a girl and know
very little, I think they always fed me
a line of bs with my previous car. Any
ideas what this may be? Or what I
should say when I take it in? I WILL
NOTE, I was about to get an oil
change! My check oil light was on
the past few weeks, my dad put oil in
it and told me to get an oil change,
but the oil light went off so I went out
of town the past week (not driving
my car) and planned on getting it this
weekend. If you thin you know
what's wrong, could you please tell
me how much you'd guess it'd to
be? Thanks.

2 Answers

66,105

Sounds like the transmission isn't shifting correctly. When you start off, like from a stop sign, pay attention to what the engine sounds like. It should rev up as the car gains speed, then drop down (1-2 shift of the transmission), then the same thing (2-3 shift), etc. If the engine is revving up but you're not gaining speed something is going on with the transmission. I'm assuming it's an automatic. First thing to do is check the transmission fluid level. With the engine running and fully warmed up put your foot on the brake and run the shifter through all the gears. Pausing a second or two at each gear. Go back up to park and keep the engine running. Pull the dipstick, wipe it off, then reinsert it. Pull the dipstick out a second time and take the reading. If it's low top it off with DEXTRON/MERCON transmission fluid. As long as the bottle says Dextron on it you're ok. If that solves the problem I'd suggest having the transmission serviced. Because this is such a low mileage car the transmission pan gasket is probably original and may be leaking. They'll replace it, the filter, and fluid as part of the service. HTH. -Jim

30

Might be the micron fuel filter.

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