Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Fayettteville, AR USA
Hey there! I have a 1994 Camaro, V6 3.4 liter, automatic transmission. It has about 113,000 miles on it. I have been having problems with it sputtering and viberating. I took it to the dealership to get a diagnosis on it and after 6 tries they said it was the torque converter. Before I go and spend several hundred dollars on getting this replaced I thought I would see if any of you might have a idea of what it could be. When I am at a stop at idle, my car will feel like it is sputtering, I also sometimes smell something electrical burning. The steering wheel will viberate and when you take off ...the only way I can describe it is if it were a standard it would feel like you took off in 2nd gear instead of 1st. It has not much power at all, I have to give it a lot of gas for it to finally catch on. I have replaced the spark plugs and spark plug wires...the smell might be the spark plug wires melting again. The dealership said that some of them had melted due to the torque converter. I have replaced the air filter. Over the last year or two I have replaced some head bolts, head gaskets, lock sensor, alternator, starter, EGR valve, front wheel hub assembly, and an ignition coil. I guess I am needing to know how you know if your torque converter is going bad. The dealer ship said the diagnosis told them it was losing ground, so I am out of ideas. Should I get another diagnosis done some place else?