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Old 04-21-2007, 12:25 PM   #1
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Transmission is trashed

Well...it finally happened. I killed my trasmission...somehow . Long story short, I was doing my regular old driving and it got stuck in 4th. I had no 2nd, 3rd, or 4th once I finally managed to get it out of the stuck 4th. Well, I drove it home w/ only 4th, 5th, and 6th. I've driven a Z28 02 model for about 4 miles through stop and go's, up hills, and all while stuck in 4th. So, I was confident it would make it. It did.

I get it home (this was last week), call the tow company the next morning who picks it up and drops it off at Ancira (where I have all my Camaro work done). They check it out, call my extended warranty company (thank God I got one!) , get the go ahead to break it down, takes forever to have someone look for it..and here goes. The tranny is apart and the shop says there's no way to tell what broke first....the covered part or the non covered part. You could see the $3,000 dillemma that faced me. :eek:

Luckily, an independant contractor took a look at the tranny for the warranty company. He couldn't determine what broke. Found out today that it is all going to be covered under warranty!!! Oh, thank the Lord!
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Old 04-21-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Lucky one you are!

Glad to hear it's covered. Must have been fun taking off in 4th.
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:32 AM   #3
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Lucky one you are!

Glad to hear it's covered. Must have been fun taking off in 4th.
It's rough on the clutch, but yeah...it'll go in 4th w/ some feathering. The tough part was in my Z28 when I had to take off in 4th on a hill....ugh. That was NOT cool. That clutch stank!
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:09 PM   #4
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At least the Car is ok
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:40 AM   #5
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Well...3 weeks later and I get my car back from the car doctor. She's all fixed up and back on the roads. Tons of new internals...$3,337 and some change. Ouch...thank God for that aftermarket warranty!!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:12 AM   #6
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:eek: WOW! Glad it all worked out in your favor.

Seriously now, WHAT DID YOU DO??!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:03 AM   #7
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:eek: WOW! Glad it all worked out in your favor.

Seriously now, WHAT DID YOU DO??!!
Exactly what I'd like to know...
A transmission doesn't just decide to break...
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:00 PM   #8
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Not to threadjack at all, but I had some tranny trouble about two months ago in my 2 yr old MAZDA6. I heard a terrible whipping noise, but the car still drove and shifted fine. I took it to the dealership and they told me I put a clutch fork through the side of my transmission from "hot rodding". I laughed a bit... hot rodding in a 4-banger MAZDA6. Anyhow, they shipped a new tranny from somewhere and gave me a brand new clutch as well. All under warranty. I was quite impressed by the service I got, as well as the rx8 I had as a loaner (which I indeed did "hot rod" )
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:48 PM   #9
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(cough)Mazda(cough)...sorry, i had to...

Yeah, life sucks and all when you've got power available, but unable to put it to the ground...Thank God for Warranty's!
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:12 PM   #10
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I got my car when I was 16. It was the best option for me for insurance and cost reasons. I would've replaced it a couple months ago, but heard the Camaro was a go, so I'm hanging on to it for a bit longer. It actually is a nice car for someone my age. All problems have been minor because I'm picky. 'Cept the trans. But I did learn to drive a stick in it...
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Old 05-04-2007, 03:12 AM   #11
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After losing my first tranny in my 02 Z28 at 6K miles, I got yelled at by the shop forman at my service dealer and was told if I did it again, they wouldn't pay for it to be replaced. Seriously, I wasn't hard on it. In fact, for the next 54K miles after having the tranny replaced, I raced it quite often. It never broke again.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:55 AM   #12
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It's these kind of stories that make me wonder if Automatics wouldn't be better overall...I'm pretty set in wanting the paddle shift, but still, makes me wonder
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The RX8 they gave me was a 6spd paddle shift. It was fun and all, but the lag was TERRIBLE. I've never heard about the Corvette's shifters, but hopefully Chevy can cut down on response time...
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:23 PM   #14
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Oh I don't even care about that...It's the longevity of the tranny, that I'm interested in...
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:58 AM   #15
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Wow, that sucks about the tranny. I had a grand am and i beat the hell out of it never did anything worse than break a shifter cable.

Makes me actually want to consider an extended warranty.

how did you screw up the tranny anyway? I was thinking the rear end was the really weak link in the system on F bodys
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how did you screw up the tranny anyway? I was thinking the rear end was the really weak link in the system on F bodys
You can really never expect these things to happen or not happen. It sucks for sure...My aunt once had a car that had 3 different Tranny's crap the bed in two years....just shoddy luck, i guess
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:37 AM   #17
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Beats me. I've beat the hell out of transmissions by racing and power shifting and nada. I drive it like a baby and BAM! There goes the tranny. Makes me wonder...........maybe I should be driving a wee bit more agressive...
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Beats me. I've beat the hell out of transmissions by racing and power shifting and nada. I drive it like a baby and BAM! There goes the tranny. Makes me wonder...........maybe I should be driving a wee bit more agressive...
True, true.....I would rather break it having fun than on my way to work.
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I just had the tranny in my z-28 rebuilt about 4 months ago. I can definitely relate. Sorry to hear about that. Mine went when my radiator cracked and I got anti-freeze in my tranny.
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I just had the tranny in my z-28 rebuilt about 4 months ago. I can definitely relate. Sorry to hear about that. Mine went when my radiator cracked and I got anti-freeze in my tranny.
:eek: Wow, that REALLY sucks...

TAG, that must have been a bad day for you...But this was a nightmare-
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:eek: Wow, that REALLY sucks...

TAG, that must have been a bad day for you...But this was a nightmare-
I would have to completely agree.
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Ouch! That would have REALLY pissed me off. Not only fixing the tranny, but the radiator go too???

Now, have you ever had the radiator fan break off while it's running and go through your radiator?!?! That just about scared the hell outta me! I thought my engine was blowing up, it was so loud. Yup...fan just broke straight off it's spindle and flew into the radiator. That was in my S10. I'm pretty sure it happened due to the lift I put on it.
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Now, have you ever had the radiator fan break off while it's running and go through your radiator?!?!
Holy sh*t no! Thankfully I've never had a catastrophic failure like that (knock on wood)
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Ouch! That would have REALLY pissed me off. Not only fixing the tranny, but the radiator go too???

Now, have you ever had the radiator fan break off while it's running and go through your radiator?!?! That just about scared the hell outta me! I thought my engine was blowing up, it was so loud. Yup...fan just broke straight off it's spindle and flew into the radiator. That was in my S10. I'm pretty sure it happened due to the lift I put on it.
ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!:eek:
it flew off right into the radiator? holy Crap!
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Hehe...yeah. Ever since I put the 2 inch body lift on the truck, it began to fall apart....over heat, etc. One day, I just went to start it up and bam. There it goes.
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