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What's causing my tcc to lock in and out?

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14 Jan 2022 01:02 #53624 by robert.whitman
What's causing my tcc to lock in and out? was created by robert.whitman
1998 k1500 suburban
I have been experiencing a problem with my tcc kicking in and out in 3 rd and od between 40 and 65 mph. Iit started just doing it in od if under 60 mph. I have replaced the plugs cap and roto,fuel filter. I have cleaned and tested the map and maf sensors,egr valve,ait sensor. I am fairly shure the problem isn't in the trans because I did an intake clean at 2000 rpm with Seafoam intake cleaner and the problem was gone for a day.tcc operated great in both 3rd and overdrive. But the problem came back.
So I did another intake clean with the seafoam and the problem went away for a couple days.but now it's back.

Any ideas/ help would be greatly appreciated.

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14 Jan 2022 12:21 #53631 by Matt T
Replied by Matt T on topic What's causing my tcc to lock in and out?
Test drive watching the misfire counters to see if that is the cause. Also try lifting the brake pedal up with your left foot. That's a fairly common cause of the TCC popping in and out.

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14 Jan 2022 12:33 #53632 by robert.whitman
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Thanks for your reply
I have checked the brake switch.im shure it is not causing the issue. I don't think my scan tool has a misfire counter,or I don't know how to use it. No codes stored or pending. Do you have any idea why after seafoam intake treatment the problem goes away for a day or two?

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14 Jan 2022 13:47 #53636 by ontheriver
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How were the sparkplugs? Even?, Some fouled?what's the mileage? original spider injection system?

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14 Jan 2022 14:22 - 14 Jan 2022 14:24 #53637 by robert.whitman
Replied by robert.whitman on topic What's causing my tcc to lock in and out?
Spark plugs didn't look bad when I changed them. Little to no fouling... they all looked the same. That was the first thing I did. 200000 on the suburban.Fairly shure the original spider injection.
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14 Jan 2022 14:35 #53638 by ontheriver
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Good to hear on the plugs, can you ride shotgun and watch fuel trim on scanner at the problem rpm? And what did you see to clean the intake?

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14 Jan 2022 15:07 #53640 by robert.whitman
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I have recorded the data while driving...what values should I be looking for ie +/- percent values? I cleaned the intake with Seafoam intake cleaner. It's done by holding the rpm at 2000 and spraying the hole can through the throttle body.approx 7 min. It worked great for a day but didn't last. I tried just holding at 2000 rpm without spraying cleaner to make shure it was the spray that changed the condition,not just long holding of rpm at 2000 for that amount of time. It didn't do anything.after another can of spray ran through the condition went away again.but again only for a short time. This leads me to believe that something between the throttle body and the tail pipe is the culprit.

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14 Jan 2022 15:29 #53642 by ontheriver
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I was thinking you saw some carbon build up, at pcv, map sensor connection? Are the trim under 15+/- at steady throttle?

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14 Jan 2022 15:37 #53643 by robert.whitman
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The values stayed between -9 and+9. I have also replaced the PCv valve.

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14 Jan 2022 16:07 #53645 by ontheriver
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Argh, check out this info, 4L60E_80E_CODE_BOOK.pdf

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14 Jan 2022 22:00 #53656 by robert.whitman
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I couldn't find the information that you suggested. I pretty shure it's something telling the computer that it's under too much load like its getting ready to downshift. Could a failing catalytic converter be the culprit? I am going to do another seafoam treatment and record the data during and after the treatment to see what changes. Any other ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

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14 Jan 2022 23:24 #53657 by ontheriver
Replied by ontheriver on topic What's causing my tcc to lock in and out?
I just googled it, no problem, here's another try, ATSG Comprehensive obd2 Diagnostic Guide For 4L60E

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