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Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 07, 2021 03:16PM
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Melted transmission. What to do with the car?
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13 votes were received.
Repair the transmission 9
 
69%
Junk or sell AS-IS, get another car 1
 
8%
MAVIC knows a guy who can do it for three-fitty or another suggestion. 3
 
23%



2008 Toyota Sienna
130,000 Miles
BlueBook $8,000

Probably a complete transmission replacement. I don't fully understand what when wrong first or what I could have done differently, but the end result is probably a bricked transmission.

New transmission $2500? PLUS INSTALL
Used dice roll $1200 plus install.
Rebuilt somewhere in between.

I have the funds to buy a replacement used vehicle, though of course it's not an optimal market time to do so.

What says the hive mind?
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 07, 2021 03:23PM
Dump and fill with 3309 (or whatever called for) and add asome TransTune fluid.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: September 07, 2021 03:25PM
Do you love the car? Fix it. Do you not love the car? Sell it for junk and move on.



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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: September 07, 2021 03:28PM
If you junk it, find and buy the replacement before you do.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 07, 2021 03:29PM
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pRICE cUBE
Do you love the car? Fix it. Do you not love the car? Sell it for junk and move on.

Agreed.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 07, 2021 03:32PM
Sounds like a question for a toyota forum.



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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: September 07, 2021 03:33PM
Keep it and fix. You could probably find a decent junkyard tranny for low $.

Both new and used auto prices are sky high right now with hardly any inventory at the dealers.

NOT a buyers market, IMO.



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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 07, 2021 03:33PM
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 07, 2021 03:34PM
How bad is it?

If you can still drive it, it's certainly worth it to try my suggestion above.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 07, 2021 03:41PM
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mrbigstuff
How bad is it?

If you can still drive it, it's certainly worth it to try my suggestion above.

It is undriveable. It lost all its fluid in the process of collapsing. My mechanic friend refilled it but could not get the transmission to budge. This friend is not set up to take the repairs any further himself.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/07/2021 03:42PM by Acer.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: September 07, 2021 03:55PM
Unless the rebuilt/used trans comes with a 12 month warranty, I would go with new.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 07, 2021 03:56PM
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mrbigstuff
How bad is it?

If you can still drive it, it's certainly worth it to try my suggestion above.

It is undriveable. It lost all its fluid in the process of collapsing. My mechanic friend refilled it but could not get the transmission to budge. This friend is not set up to take the repairs any further himself.

Did you hit something to puncture the case?

Odd to lose fluid. At any rate, a fill up with proper fluid is a cheap gamble.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: MikeF
Date: September 07, 2021 03:57PM
Are there other issues with the car? If so, may not be worth keeping.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 07, 2021 04:07PM
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mrbigstuff
Dump and fill with 3309 (or whatever called for) and add asome TransTune fluid.

Do that and trade for a new vehicle, you will still pay a few thousand.

If its in otherwise good shape, fix it. A replacement van will be AT least $10,000 for anything one year newer! A new van is upwards of $30,000, IF you can get one.

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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: testcase
Date: September 07, 2021 04:10PM
About 20 years ago, I was speaking with a Transmission Tech. He told me that if people simply had a transmission service done every other year, their transmission would last forever. Said “service” was basically change the fluid and filter (if there was a filter; otherwise clean the filter screen). Cost < $100 (or about $50/year). MOST vehicle Service Guides mention NOTHING re the automatic transmission. No wonder people ignore / neglect their vehicle’s ATM.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 07, 2021 05:04PM
Many modern vehicles, even going back 2 decades+, don't even have a service interval for the transmission. They are filled for life. The life of the part, NOT the life of the vehicle.

My partner's 2003 Mountaineer is that way. Not even a dipstick/fill tube.

My old Buicks now have drain plugs installed in their transmissions, and rear differentials, One Buick has an external 2 qt chevy truck filter in line of the cooler line, and the big car, the same, as well as a deep pan from a motor home. They never get more than almost hot, never close to burning the fluid no matter how much I beat on them.

In any vehicle, if you can, and it isn't already synthetic fluid, change it over. It takes higher temps without burning/oxidizing, and lubricates better. Lasts longer too.



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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 07, 2021 06:04PM
How nice is the rest of the vehicle? Clean interior, rust free, no body damage? I'd be inclined to fix it if everything else on the car is in great shape and you could expect another 100k out of it. If not, I'd sell.



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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 07, 2021 06:05PM
On second thought (or may be fourth), do you trust this mechanic? Again, very odd for a trans to just up and lose all of its fluid. And even if it does, all that happens is that the car will not move, you don't burn anything out like an engine losing oil.

There is a guy here who has a trans shop. Maybe he'll chime in? Is it Pat?
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 07, 2021 07:14PM
The mechanic in question is just a very capable friend. He offered to take a look, in case it was something straightforward he could fix. He sees he is now out in of his depth and is just giving me the worst case scenario. The next step is to tow it to a professional shop for a proper diagnosis.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 08, 2021 06:49AM
Can you even get a new part these days? there is a shortage of everything. You may have seen a $2500 price tag for a new tranny, but who knows if you can actually get one.

Your options may be very limited, no matter which direction you go. Sorry for the bad news.
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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: September 08, 2021 01:10PM
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The mechanic in question is just a very capable friend. He offered to take a look, in case it was something straightforward he could fix. He sees he is now out in of his depth and is just giving me the worst case scenario. The next step is to tow it to a professional shop for a proper diagnosis.
I'd go with the next step, then. Find out exactly what the problem is, then work from there. I also second consulting Toyota-specific forums to see how common the problem is, etc.



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Re: Let's play "Fix or Junk" (Transmission meltdown)
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 09, 2021 02:06PM
If my math is correct, you're only putting on 10,000 miles per year, which is on the low side of average.
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