The transmission on my '99 Tahoe continues to slip badly even though I just added fluid to the system. stin1974 was helping me on this.
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7 V-8
Added fluid. Still slipping badly.
How much fluid did you have to add?
I put 2 quarts in and it seems to be full.
Did you check it several times. I know that After adding fluid a lot of times fluid stays in the tube and even after checking 5 or 6 times it will apear to look full on the stick but after checking more the filler tube will clear out and you will get a different reading. Also just to make sure. You are checking the fluid with the vehicle running and in park right?
Yes, running and in park. I'll go take another look at the level. Be right back.
ok. also look underneath and see if you see any leaks.
Okay, I re-checked it and it shows above the full line.
Ok and it is acting the exact same? You say the fluid doesnt smell burnt or discolored? Also did you see any signs of any leaks and who did the fluid change? Just trying to cover everything.
I didn't see any leaks. The old fluid WAS dark brown/black looking but I didn't notice a burnt smell although it might be. Time It Lube did the fluid change.
How many miles are on the transmission? And this is the overdrive trans. correct?
I have 84,500 miles on it. No overdrive.
So there is no D with a circle around it on the selecter. Are you saying the fluid was black now when you fist checked it and it was low or when you took it for the fluid change. Im assuming you meant before the fluid change.
No D with a circle. Just 1 D and 1, 2, 3, & R. I seem to recall that the fluid was red before I had them change it but I don't remember for certain. I just figured it was about time to have that done as it had about 70,000 miles on it. That was 3 years ago now. Today when I checked it, what fluid was in there was brown/black.
Ok this is what it sounds like to me. It sounds like they did not fill the transmission the whole way and by you driving it around like that for 2 weeks it did damage to the transmission. Low fluid will burn up the clutch packs, overheat the transmission and harden the rubber seals inside. By the sounds of it, it is going to have to come out and be gone through. I hate to say that but thats what it sounds like to me. It also sounds like they may be at fault if everything is as sounds.
I was afraid of that. How would I go about a recourse on this? Have a qualified tech look at it and go from there? I still have the receipt.
I just looked at my receipt from 2 weeks ago. They did not check the trans. fluid.
I thought the transmission fluid was just changed 2 weeks ago?
No, it was 3 years ago at about 70,000 miles when I had it changed. It now has 84,000 on it. I had the Tahoe in for an oil change 2 weeks ago and I thought, as a routine item, they'd check the trans. fluid but did not. However I didn't specfically ask them to check it unfortunately.
Yes well it deffinetly sounds to me like the transmission is going to need rebuilt. By what its doing thats what I would have to say.
That's about what I expected. Any idea of a ball park cost on something like that?
Is this a 4x4?
Well a rebuild will probably be around 1000.00 - 1300.00. If you fina privately owned shop you may be able to get it done for around 800.00 being that itsXXXXX Also a lot of shops will do what is called a patch job where the go in and just fix whats wrong but you wont get a warranty with that. Usually the warranty is 12 months or 12,000 miles but some places have longer warranty's. You may also be able to find a used one with low miledge for even chraper yet. Its all what you want to spend then ofcourse the warranty thing you will want to take into consideration. I would call around to different shops and get the best price because almost all have the same warranty.
Chevy Transmission Tech
Well, that's not as bad as I feared. Thanks much for your help!
You are very welcome.