Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Sorry for the lack of response, I finally got the P0974 (P0973 I cant exactly remember now lol) code that called out the shift solenoid issue. I saw the solution you did on youtube, theseabass, but I already have enough random wires flying around my engine bay I didin't want to add another, and getting to where the solenoids are didn't seem very hard, and it wasn't. It took me a couple afternoons, and the hardest part is dropping the subframe which wasn't very hard. I'll give a brief run through here:
First lift up the front of your car and remove the wheels
Next remove the axle nut from the left hand side
Remove the LCA from the steering knuckle (on both sides)
Remove the drivers side axle from the transmission
Remove the 2 bolts attatching the steering rack from the subframe
Remove the sway bar bracket bolts and the sway bar end links
support the engine with a jack or an engine hoist
Remove the front and rear trans mounts
Remove the 4 subframe bolts and lower the subframe. (you'll want a jack or 2 for this depending how strong you are lol)
Now you have access to the side panel of the trans. there are like 9 or ten (I'm just guessing) bolts with a 13 mm head going all the way around. None of them were all that tight so taking them off was pretty easy. You will have to remove the shift cable bracket on the top by where the trans filler cap is (under the fuse box) and remove the cable from the shift arm or w/e its called.
Once youve done all that some gentle prying and the panel should pop right off. Some careful car yoga to wiggle the panel out and you are in. The solenoids are held in with a clip that you can easily pull out with a pair of pliers. Put the new solenoid in, and reverse the steps to put it all back together.
You will dump out almost all your trans fluid so be ready with about 7 qts of fluid when you are done, and always double check your torques.