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hi everyone i am new here and need some help. i have a 2000 safari van 130k miles on it and when i put the van in gear i get a loud whirring noise, the noise gets louder as i go down the road untill it goes into the final drive gear then it goes away. the van has also started to surge when stopped at idle speed but in gear at a light. the van has a 4.3 and is 2wd. thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. When was the last time the transmission fluid and filter was changed? I had this to happen on a Ford Escort and my dads little Geo Metro. They had been neglected for well over 100,000 miles with no fluid or filter change. A filter and a flush fixed both of them. If this is your case and it is that bad it may need a flush to get all the old fluid out. That is just my :2: . I am sure others will give their input when they can.
 

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If that's the case you shouldn't need another one. Was the filter changed? If not you may need to do that. I don't usually recommend an additive but my transmission mechanic (certified local guy that has been in business for years) swears by a product called lubeguard. It is in a red bottle (for gm's). I have used it before with good results. It was put in my Safari about a week ago also. Something you might want to look into.
 

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Thanks for the help, i will look up the lubeguard it can't hurt. i am hoping its not something with the torque converter or anything expensive. my wife loves her van and doesnt want anything new. this goes to all the soccer and baseball games and has always been reliable.
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Hi window5

Welcome to the Forum

Is the fluid level up where it should be "hot"?

Have the engine warmed up and idling (in Park, emergency brake on, and on level ground), then pull the transmission dip stick out, wipe it off, put it back in, then pull it out again and have a look at what it indicates. It should be in between the Hatched Hot Mark.

If it's fine, then do as others have recommended. Make sure you use the correct Transmission fluid (Dexron(R) III or better), that will mess things up as well. Some updates on transmission fluids to be made aware of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEXRON

Hope this helps. Please keep us updated, Thanks.:)
 

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update/ costly. i went to three different places including the dealer and all had the same diagnosis. needs a new torque converter. cheapest estimate is 850.00 but all suggest a complete rebuild which is 1850.00 does this sound reasonable. the van is only worth 3500-4000. what to do??? bought beer thats as far as i got. thinking of trading it in. please share thoughts and suggestions. thanks Paul
 
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