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What a sad day.

Post by acast2003 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:21 pm

I have always properly taken care of my neon. Kept up on maintenance, made sure everything worked. Today, I was driving on the highway...I noticed white smoke coming in my rear-view. Then all of a sudden. I could no longer accelerate. I pulled to the side and tried one last time to see if it would move at all, but no luck. Threw on my hazards and waited for the tow truck. Find out tomorrow how bad it was. Mechanic said the transmission may be completely dead and said that they might have to rebuild it, and told me it would be around 3K and that it was not a guaranteed fix. Like i said, they are calling me tomorrow to let me know how bad it is. :crybaby:

I do not want to lose my neon( :crybaby: ), I love/ed him. If it goes...I am going to try to find another neon.

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Post by theTeejmiester » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:23 pm

3k to rebuild a trans??? that's fucking outrageous
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Post by acast2003 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:24 pm

That was at a dealership though (for that portion) I am going to find out how bad it is first, tomorrow.

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Post by farmboy » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:35 pm

Just go to a wreckers and get a tranny. Cost you FAR less and they come (usually) with a 30 day warranty.

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Post by heydockyle » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:35 pm

Get a JY trans.

Fuck, you could prolly buy a new trans for 3k..
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Post by acast2003 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:47 pm

some links would be great, please.

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Post by r/tguy02 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:28 pm

I'm gonna guess your radiator/trans cooler burst. No fun, yeah I agree go to a jy and pick one up and have someone else install it
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Post by [DJ]Tomski » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:08 pm

when my auto trans crapped out a mechanic wanted $1,500 to rebuild it (labor and parts included). instead i paid $400 for a used one with 2k miles on it from a junk yard. even if you have a shop install it for you, you'll save a lot of dough by going to a jy. i found it on car-part.com iirc
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Post by TheRandom1 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:41 pm

I just had my auto trans and radiator replaced, and it would have cost about $2,500 had it not been covered under warranty. Shit is expensive as hell, man.
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Post by hybrid-Srt2001 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:03 pm

auto transmissions are pretty easy to work on, i would get a jy trans and go through it to make sure it was in good shape. I highly recommend an external cooler this time. summit sells one for about 30-40 bux.
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Post by acast2003 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:46 pm

r/tguy02 wrote:I'm gonna guess your radiator/trans cooler burst. No fun, yeah I agree go to a jy and pick one up and have someone else install it
That is what the mechanic told me...as his guess..like i said, i find out more tomorrow and will post the verdict then.

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Post by occasional demons » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:55 pm

Transaxle, neon, sohc 2003 MSRP Price $2,735.00 Your Price $2,050.00

www.wermopar.com

This would not include shipping removal and installation. But it gives you an idea of what a brand new one cost.
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Post by acast2003 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:21 am

Well, found out that i was getting coolant into my transmission, however, my mechanic said that I was lucky because i caught it fast enough, so it didn't do any damage to the transmission. Thank you for the support/help guys.

Bonus: Went through my documents, and found that the original owner had documents for unlimited year, 70,000 mile warranty. So, going to see if it will transfer. (they said if it transfers, it will be free, plus they are putting new brakes on) I am at 68,300 miles.

Maybe dealerships are not so bad, eh?
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Re: What a sad day.

Post by Forest Green 2k » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:23 am

acast2003 wrote: told me it would be around 3K and that it was not a guaranteed fix.
Run away from this mechanic and never return! 3k to maybe fix your car? This guy needs to be shot.
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Post by acast2003 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:25 am

I took it to a dealership after that..lol!

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Post by Haganracing » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:27 am

3k could buy you a used neon :lol:

Hope the documents roll over and help you out!

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Post by esfan » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:44 am

^ This is very true. There are always some used neons for sale on Craig only for 2000 something.

Dealer always charged way more than supposed to.
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Post by iskyfly » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:19 pm

acast2003 wrote: so it didn't do any damage to the transmission.
then why does it need to be rebuilt if itsnt damaged?

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Post by TheRandom1 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:21 pm

It doesn't. On their initial inspection it seemed like it would need a rebuild (as that's very common) but when they looked into it more they realized it doesn't.

At least that's what I got from using a tiny bit of common sense.
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Post by INVUJerry » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:23 pm

iskyfly wrote:
acast2003 wrote: so it didn't do any damage to the transmission.
then why does it need to be rebuilt if itsnt damaged?
It doesn't, since he found out he caught it fast enough.

Good think about the warranty though man!
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Post by acast2003 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:08 pm

So, the final verdict was:
New radiator will be needed.

Transmission is being re-inspected to make sure it is functioning properly.

And...getting new brakes installed, they had about 2,000 more miles left...Didn't want to risk it...and figured might as well, not that it is in the shop

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Re: What a sad day.

Post by darthroush » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:25 am

Forest Green 2k wrote:
acast2003 wrote: told me it would be around 3K and that it was not a guaranteed fix.
Run away from this mechanic and never return! 3k to maybe fix your car? This guy needs to be shot.
That's just about what every shop around here wanted to rebuild mine.

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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:08 am

acast2003 wrote:So, the final verdict was:
New radiator will be needed.

Transmission is being re-inspected to make sure it is functioning properly.

And...getting new brakes installed, they had about 2,000 more miles left...Didn't want to risk it...and figured might as well, not that it is in the shop
Going to get raped on the brake job.
I was going to say, why would white smoke be a tranny problem, I guess its possible.

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Post by occasional demons » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:54 am

MyNeonSaysHi wrote: I was going to say, why would white smoke be a tranny problem, I guess its possible.
ATF filling the cooling system pushing coolant/ATF out of the overflow, onto the exhaust.
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Post by acast2003 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:49 am

So, I get my car back tomorrow. The Transmission was completely cleaned and inspected, new fluid..yay! Not to mention a nice new radiator!

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Post by FAC3L3SS » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:24 am

Did you have a trans cooler put in there? Frank mentioned it somewhere I thought, but they are a solid investment for like $40 or so.
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