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Can low transaxle fluid prevent transmission from working?

2.2l motor runs great, but transmission slips bad and transaxle fluid was found to be very low.

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  • Robert Feb 09, 2012

    Well, here is the "catch" on that low trans-axle fluid situation:
    I drove my 2000 impreza auto with 2.2 L to the ****** shop to have a replacement ****** installed because the AWD components were shot. It drove excellently otherwise.
    I picked up the vehicle one day later and started to drive home when it just kept slipping very, very badly. I doubt if it ever got past 3rd gear. End result so far, there was ZERO fluid in the trans- axle because the plug was found to be missing. The repair shop insists the transmission was faulty and that the trans-axle is not the problem. What do you say?

  • Robert Feb 09, 2012

    By the way, the vendor that sold me the transmission discovered the missing trans-axle plug after they had my vehicle towed to their shop to commence warranty procedures. I watched everything they did and even witnessed the fluid pool under the vehicle when they topped off the fluid.

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    yadayada Feb 09, 2012

    If the plug was missing they screwed up, but my opinion will not sway them, in fact they will likely snicker at you when you tell them. Go to court or contact your local government agency that oversees auto repair shops and licensing. The phone number for this agency must be posted in plain site at any auto repair shop.

  • Robert Feb 09, 2012

    Also, The total distance that was driven when I left the transmission repair shop was about 100 yards total at no more than 20-25 mph. Could it have been damaged in that amount of distance.

  • Robert Feb 09, 2012

    If a consumer IS given a warranty for the labor only of removing a broken part and installing a third party part, wouldn't the shop be responsible for negligence if it was installed incorrectly such as unplugged wiring harness connections, missing drain plugs, and or low fluids when applicable. As professionals, that is why we pay them do do "the work" correctly that was AGREED upon.

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Yes low fluid level can cause loss of hydraulic pressure in the transmission and that makes for no engagement, but the level must be really low, it would not show on the dipstick or at the fill point if you checked it.

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    yadayada Feb 09, 2012

    I believe you, but i am not the one you need to convince.

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    yadayada Feb 09, 2012

    If you supplied the part you have a problem, most shops will not guarantee the part unless they supplied it, that is just the way it works, my former employer was the same way. (I'm retired)

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    yadayada Feb 09, 2012

    I am sorry i am just stating the facts of the auto repair business as I've seen them in my 40 years in the trade. I think someone screwed up, It is up to you to go after who YOU think is, small claims whatever it takes. I always do the best job I can when I am paid to do, but I'm just one tech, but most are like me. Did you go with the lowest bid to do the work or the best rated shop? Money matters to a point, but just because the shop is the low ball to do the job doesn't make them the best choice to do it. I am not sure that is the case here, just putting out my opinion, you asked for it after all.

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