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My automatic transmission will not engage to any gears, the

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My automatic transmission will not engage to any gears, the shop I took it to says they looked at it & something is probably burned up but when they looked at it twice it would engage & now it won't. They want $2000 to repair it. It is a 01 Hyundai Tiburon. Could it be something other than the tranny? Would it engage sometimes if something in the tranny is burned up? They seemed shady, I'm afraind to just trust them, I can not afford to risk being ripped off I've just recently lost my job.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 1 year ago.
Hi, how are you? Is the check engine light coming on at all? Also how does the trans fluid look?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My check engine light has been on for a yr because I need a rear O2 sensor. the tranny fluid is good.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't know if this has anything to do with it... the same day this happened I got stuck in very deep snow & I rocked the car back & forth to get out of it. The repair shop says this caused the tranny problem I am having. I can hardly imagine that being stuck in the snow broke a transmission, I have been stuck before.
Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 1 year ago.
Ok the issue that you are describing is a valve body failure which is very common on this vehicle.The valve body is electrically shorting which in turn does not activate the solenoids to engage the gears.Most times the valve body can be replaced and the transmission is fine,however most shops are going to want to rebuild the trans because there has been a pressure loss.The pressure loss creates heat damage to the clutches,bands,etc.The safest way to prevent you sending money in the future from having to go back in the transmission for additional repairs is to go with the rebuild.$2000 is a fair price for the job.I don't think the snow caused this issue.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is the valve body something that can easily replaced by someone who is not a professional machenic? I don't have $2000 for a rebuild at this point in time.
Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 1 year ago.
The valve body can replaced by removing the transmission pan.It has about 10 bolts and looks similar to the picture below.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would you need a new gasket when removing the transmission pan? Would it be simple to just a new vavle body in?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would the gasket & valve body be expensive?
Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 1 year ago.
the valve body runs about $400 and the gasket runs about $25.00
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