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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 11:46 AM
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I had a similar transmission issue 9 months ago on my 03 Duratec. My car was parked at the store for about 15 minutes and running while I waited for my wife to grab something. When we were ready to go I put the car in reverse and back out. Then put her in D and nothing. Tried all gears including reverse and nada. Engine was fine but no gears at all.

I had a few quotes that were all in the $2000-$2500 range for a rebuild or rebuild swap. I ended up finding a small shop that was recommended from a friend. He only does transmissions and over the phone told me if it needs to be rebuilt it would be $1100. Of course he said don't trust all these other shops that are telling you it's a 12+ hour job.

I was in a tight spot so I had it towed to him. He said it had to be rebuilt so that's what they did. He called me the next day and told me it was done but he had to replace the TC as well and it was another $200. Hardly in a position to argue I accepted that and all has been fine since. I've put on close to 20K miles on her without a hiccup.

Although, I can't help but wonder if all I needed was a TC?
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Often all you need is a torque converter, especially on a 2003 or later. That's one reason why AAMCO isn't recommended, they always just say "derp rebuild". And like any chair shop they're only as good as the mechanic who's there at the time.

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Any clue what shop costs on replacing a TC are? I can't imagine it's less than $1000. If that's the case I didn't get hurt to bad. All these places know they've got you. The average DIY'er isn't going to tackle a transmission job.

I had one shop tell me they had to drop the engine to pull the tranny? Not sure if that's true or not?
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Some places pull the engine, transaxle and sub frame as an assembly.
It's possible to support the engine and pull just the sub frame and transaxle. I did this and didn't have to disconnect all of the wiring, fuel lines, cooling hoses, etc.
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The only thing GM got right was the split subframe so you can drop the trans a HECK of a lot easier. They also didn't screw the channel plate from the torque converter side. So you can remove a FWD valve body and channel plate in the car

Won't be buying a GM though, the negatives out way the two positives.

And yes the torque converters in 2003+ seem to have a tendency to strip out the splines since Ford didn't put much of any splinige (sp) in the converter.

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