Join Date: May 2009
Car: OBW H6 VDC, H6 OB Sed, XT6's
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
I'm going to guess that when you go around a sharp turn in a dry parking lot (low speed, wheel turned completely left or right) you feel some binding, slowing down, hesitation, right? go try it.
the CHECK ENGINE light is on - go get the code. Advanced Auto, Autozone, and many other chains read the codes for free. tell us the exact code number like P0121 - not someone elses interpretation of what it means, we need the codes.
sounds to me like they installed the engine and the plugs aren't fully seated - and the trans needs some of those inputs -like TPS and isn't getting them so it's driving in LIMP mode. which will cause it to run in 3rd gear and "locked" 4WD - hence my initial response about parking lots and binding.
if the torque converter wasn't properly seated as folks have mentioned, the oil pump cracks and the trans doesn't really move much at all. maybe there's an "in between" failure but it would be a very odd thing - like they "partially" "incorrectly" seated it, then pulled the motor back out and started again - that's not likely, or let's hope not!
H6 VDC OBW, H6 OB Sedan, XT6's, castrated LSi - FWD EJ18