Ok.....The Good News....I got it working!!! After I hooked the car up to the carsoft 7.4. I started poking around in the menus to see what the various functions are. There is no helpful user manual so you are pretty much on your own. On one test drive I was able to monitor live data from the egs module. I was able to monitor all the functions like shifter position, gear requested and actual gear, kick down request, transmission mode, (S, W)...etc. There was no shifting needless to say. I pulled the valve body, cleaned it, put it back on and tested it again. Still no shifting. Finally I stumbled upon adaptation both for MSM, Engine management, and EGS...(gear shift module) I erased adaptation for both, and after a couple suspense filled moments....I got shift!... slowly but surely it started to shift. I reversed and put it in drive, and nothing. I turned the engine off and on, and it started shifting. It was shifting on the local roads, so I took it out on the highway for the first time and floored it, no wheel spin, but plenty fast..and I was very very nervous. I was stuck in gear. I got off the road and turned around and it shifted again. I could see through the car soft that it was going through all the gears now, from 1 to D, and back again. In D when I floored it, the kickdown request came on, and the transmission downshifted and resumed the climb through the gears. Everything was pretty good. There was still some rough gear changes, maybe late, and a couple of thuds into gear. I thought maybe the FLUID level was off, so I decided to go to my new friends NICO's in Stamford Connecticut to borrow the dipstick tool again. No smiling faces this time, Nico and his Buddy RIchie said, "Is Trouble Guy..We no want you Troubles....." Needless to say I was taken aback. Nico checked the level, and said "Is fine"..although I saw the fluid was a little below the 80c mark. If you want a happy ending stop reading here....but I'm sure most will enjoy this. As I said I was sort of shaken by the very unfriendly reception by Nico. I asked him about some of the rough shifts and he said, " Is your problem, you figure.." I guess they are mad at me because I didn't need to spend $550 in their shop. So I closed the hood, but in order to use the live data, the 38pin needed to be connected. I closed it too tight, and the hood started to pinch the cable, so I opened the hood again, and gently closed it. I drove off, and the hood flew open and got bent up...no too badly, but bad enough. I guess I couldn't get out of this completely unscratched. I was very upset for a bit, but I realized I had a very high-end working car to sell, (after proper repairs), and not a useless piece of junk that it was the night before.
I'm not out of the woods yet, but I can see a clearing....I am on my way to get an estimate from a bodyshop, another bunch of crooks, just to see what they will say, (I'm waiting to hear back from a trustworthy friend on a shop recommendation). Back to the transmission, I think the previous owner did in-fact spill something into the shifter. During my test drives with the carsoft running, I was using the shifter to select individual gears. Park obviously worked, as did reverse. I could see the selector switch from sport to winter, and when in winter at a stop the gear actual and requested both said 2. In short, as I know this is rather long, I was able to see and feel the gear shifting among all the gears except 1st and 2nd. I could not manually select those gears so it seems the selector switch need some attention. To be continued....pics will follow
my next car will run on batteries
Last edited by jjohnv; 06-01-2009 at 11:54 AM.