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Dealer says transmission is gone

I have 98k miles on 2005 envoy xl. In Feb 08 I got transmission serviced at the dealership, fluid and internal filter changed. Now in April 09, the transmission is gone. No second and third gears and the fluid is so burned they cannot tell what the problem was. Should that happen 1 yr later after service?? They, the dealership, wants to charge me $500 to break it down to see IF they can figure out what happened.

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  • samiqua Apr 16, 2009

    Driven more in the city, No leaking, no towing. No other service done on it since Feb08 other than the normal oil change.

  • Dan C May 11, 2010

    Has the car been driven more on the highway or city?

    Did you notice any leaks/oil spots under it?

    Have you been towing anything?

    If the cooling system was getting residue built up, the act of servicing might have aggravated the problem, but there is not really any way to say for sure if it was caused by service or was just ready to plug up on its own. Has any other service been done (air conditioning repairs, etc) where a cooling line might have been pinched off?



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    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    if you waited to long to change it the first time

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It sounds like it just failed for whatever reason. It's 50/50 whether there was anything done that could have caused the problem (filter installed incorrectly or wrong part?) The key now is to look for the solution. Make sure that the cooler is working when the transmission gets fixed or replaced so that isn't a problem. Get a good warranty, and I would say it's up to you, but I would think about having the trans fixed somewhere other than where the service was done that might have caused it. They aren't going to tell you if they find out that they screwed up, and letting them 'take a look' is an opportunity to hide anything they did. Have whoever takes it apart look for possible causes and document it.

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