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MT to AUTO swap

Motohead1

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103
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Dec 11, 2002
Charlotte_NC
Hi all. I'm plaining to swap a auto into my dads 92 AWD. I think he will enjoy daily driving and racing it more with an auto since he cant shift it like Shep without breaking something. ROFL Ive gathered alot of info mostly from atdsm.com witch seems to be down right now? :( Ive got just about all the parts I need from a donor car. The TCU looks like it might have a smoked cap in it. The car I pulled all my parts from was said to have shifting problems.

My question is it commin for the TCU caps to go causing problems? I plan to open up the tranny to rebuild it just to check everything. Thanks. :cool:
 

overdoseheroin

Proven Member
219
4
Dec 4, 2004
your mom, Minnesota
the answer to your question is yes. im currently daily driving a 91 auto TSi with a shitty tcu. i replaced the cap and cleaned the motherboard but it was bad for too long and smoked it. try replacing it and clean up the battery acid with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol and solder a new one in, if it still doesnt work youll need a new one. eventually it will go into limp mode and youll only have 3rd gear.
 

Motohead1

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103
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Dec 11, 2002
Charlotte_NC
Cool ill try that. You do bring up somthing elseI have not though about. The "limp home mode" light. I bet the 5 spd dosent have the light there? Do you know if it is? :confused: I know the wire harness is already there. Also do you know if ATDSM.com has moved to a new address? I caint find it. :mad:
 

92awdgsx

Proven Member
489
16
Sep 16, 2002
Lincoln, Nebraska
There is no limp mode "light". Its just a safty mode the TCU converts to when there is a problem.
 

Motohead1

Proven Member
103
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Dec 11, 2002
Charlotte_NC
Yea thanks. After some searching I found that out. Sorry kinda shot out of the hip on that question. :rolleyes: Lots of good info in here guys. :thumb: I still wish i could log onto atdsm.com tho. :confused:
 

napkinthief

Proven Member
1,126
16
Apr 16, 2005
Cliffside park, New_Jersey
You should throw in a shift kit before you install the tranny. Itll only cost you 80 bucks and help your tranny shift much easier
 

Motohead1

Proven Member
103
0
Dec 11, 2002
Charlotte_NC
Yea I plan on it. Gonna throw some fresh clutches in it to. But looks like Ive run into a snag as there are no tcu plugs in the 92 awd 5spd harness so ill have to swap the harnesses too. :( A little more work than I was expecting but o well.
 
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