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Old 07-06-2008, 07:23 PM   #1
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Transmission Rebuild

Just wondering if anyone has had to have their 4th Gen Automatic Transmission rebuilt? Mine is getting to the point where it needs to be done. I am wondering about cost (I realize factors are involved like what shop is doing it and a few other things) but I am just trying to get an idea since none of the shops I would like to call are open right now.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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i have had to put in two transmissions-
my old pontiac only cost me $700 on a rebuild
my old suburban ran $1800 for a new jasper tranny

don't know if that helps but might give you an idea
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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any where from $500 to $2500. Depends on how bad it is and what part of the country you are in. I use to work in a tranny shop in Calif. I've seen the exact same tranny cost one person $700 and another $1800. It just depended on how much the person looked like they could afford. The owner was a crook. If a guy drove up in a Chevy and his wife shows up in a BMW to pick him up, his cost would double. Of course if he was willing to pay cash he got a discount and got put ahead of other jobs. There are good ones and bad ones.
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really depends on what kind of build you want done, i know for my built trans it cost me 1100 in parts and 200 to assemble. and that was from a very reputable builder close to me

i guess its all in who you know.
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
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I am just curious, how many miles did you get on your car before you had transmission issues?
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:49 PM   #6
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I am at 145000 miles on it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:15 PM   #7
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well, if you wouldnt mind paying for shipping costs, ive got a good friend in my local car club who builds trannys for a living. ive already talked to him before about building and shipping trannys out to people and he's game, just has to get all the info down first. right now i just took back my 4l60e from the 86 LS1 setup to swap for a regular 700r4/4l60. think we paid $1000.00 even for it with a torque converter included. and its warrantied at 763hp/792tq (cus that's what it took to break one of his "light to medium" builds).


whats wrong with yours to begin with? my 94Z is at 180k and just starting to slip at high rpms. you could change your fluid and filter and throw on an aftermarket cooler.
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I am at 145000 miles on it.
Nice, you had a good run with that transmission. Plan on keeping it until the wheels fall off?
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Nice, you had a good run with that transmission. Plan on keeping it until the wheels fall off?
That is a possibility, but may decide to sell it in a few years to help with the down payment on a 5th Gen. I bought it with 7000 on it in 1996 and am only the 2nd owner. Been a good car for me.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:14 PM   #10
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whats wrong with yours to begin with? my 94Z is at 180k and just starting to slip at high rpms. you could change your fluid and filter and throw on an aftermarket cooler.

Slipping and shavings. The fluid has been changed twice this year already and the 2nd time was in May so it wasn't that long ago.

Also I step on the gas, and there is a pretty good delay before catching.
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That is a possibility, but may decide to sell it in a few years to help with the down payment on a 5th Gen. I bought it with 7000 on it in 1996 and am only the 2nd owner. Been a good car for me.
Sounds good. However, the resale value probably won't be that good with so many miles on it.
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So had the diagnosis done today. Slipping from 1st to 2nd, slipping from 2nd to 3rd, slipping from 3rd to 4th.

Can't do anything above 3000 RPMS as the engine slows down and the transmission can't do anything to get it back up to speed.

Metal shavings found.

Preliminary estimate: $1200.
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Slipping and shavings. The fluid has been changed twice this year already and the 2nd time was in May so it wasn't that long ago.

Also I step on the gas, and there is a pretty good delay before catching.


did you flush it or just change the fluid? also, who did the work? how many quarts did they put in?
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did you flush it or just change the fluid? also, who did the work? how many quarts did they put in?
Local dealership did the work in both February and May. Due to me admittedly not knowing a whole lot about doing auto maintenance, they have done quite a bit of the work on the car for me when it has been needed. I am pretty sure both times was just a fluid change as they actually advised me against a flush.
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Local dealership did the work in both February and May. Due to me admittedly not knowing a whole lot about doing auto maintenance, they have done quite a bit of the work on the car for me when it has been needed. I am pretty sure both times was just a fluid change as they actually advised me against a flush.
yeah, i was going to advise you not to flush as well. problem being, when you flush the tranny, some of the gunked up material and whatnot that is holding the clutches in the right place or keeping holes from leaking gets cleaned out and will ruin an auto quicker than shit.

but like i said, if you want to pay for shipping, ive got a local builder who can hook you up.
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1994 Z28 383 stroker needs 4L60E rebuild

I'm bumpin this old ass thread because I have the same issue and want to explore possible solutions if some of these prices are still valid. It's 15 posts, get over it.

I have a '94 Z28 w/ a 383 stroker engine and I F'ed up the automatic tranny a week ago while sliding sideways around a corner and laying on the gas to fire down the road. As I pulled away down the road, the RPM's kept rising and it wasn't upshifting so I let off and it made it's way to second gear and I backed off the acceleration.

Since then, the shift from park into either reverse or 1st takes an extra second or two and the shift from 1st to 2nd has a stutter and slight chatter. I brought it in today to a transmission place (owner there knows my neighbor who is a Master Mechanic). He drove it a bit and then told me the clutch plates seem to have gotten burned up, given the smell and color of the fluid too.

His estimate was $2200, with some upgrades due to the engine. (not sure what upgrades, torque converter?) What is the consensus on pricing for a rebuild, AND I would love to hear that I could pull off switching to a manual for the same price as my 4L60E rebuild! Thanks everyone

*EDIT: Rear end oil & gasket, plus the tranny fluid & filter change was just done late last year, car's been sitting parked over the winter. I replaced the tranny mount recently, which was split in two and was reasoning for chatter during hard acceleration last season.
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Is everyone striking against the post because it was an old thread or what? Has anyone had their tranny rebuilt and upgraded for some extra horsepower?
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Is everyone striking against the post because it was an old thread or what? Has anyone had their tranny rebuilt and upgraded for some extra horsepower?
No stike, but I can tell you when I had a LT1 with an automatic, it started doing the same stuff you were talking about before it suicided.

Since you've bored it out, I'd cut to the chase and get one that's built. Bet if you look over at ls1tech you could find a sponsor to recommend to you exactly how far you need to go upgrading it based on you're power level, and you could compare that cost to what your guy locally is telling you.

I bet swapping to a 6 speed would cost about in the same ball park as getting a semi-built auto, keep in mind that finding all the parts to do a 6 speed swap on a LT1 is going to be a pain in the ass.
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No stike, but I can tell you when I had a LT1 with an automatic, it started doing the same stuff you were talking about before it suicided.

Since you've bored it out, I'd cut to the chase and get one that's built. Bet if you look over at ls1tech you could find a sponsor to recommend to you exactly how far you need to go upgrading it based on you're power level, and you could compare that cost to what your guy locally is telling you.

I bet swapping to a 6 speed would cost about in the same ball park as getting a semi-built auto, keep in mind that finding all the parts to do a 6 speed swap on a LT1 is going to be a pain in the ass.
Yeah, it was discussed that the tranny would be upgraded for the power. I wish a manual swap would be easier, but I keep hearing about the little things that would have to be done and that would make it an ongoing project I suppose. Thanks for the info.
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Once in a great while the sun WILL shine on a dog's ass. I think I found my solution:

4L60E Transmission, F-Body - $600

This is a transmission from a 1994 Pontiac Trans Am with the LT1. Also a direct fit in 94 Firebird and Camaro.

Trans has about 7k miles on it since a rebuild. It was rebuilt with Kevlar bands, new Corvette servo, and some valve body work. Basically the equivilant to a "Stage 1" or "Level 1" rebuild, this can hold 450-500 horsepower.
Stall is about 2000-2200.

The transmission shifts very firm due to the valve body work and computer changes.

This will be a direct replacement for any '94 year 4L60E RWD transmission. It can be put into a 95, 96, or even 97 with a few modifications. Mainly involves reprogramming the computer. I can explain more about that if you're interested.

Please reply with any questions.

I also have a complete LT1 engine, and a set of Hooker Headers. I can put together a package deal if interested.
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