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    is your Transmission quirky??

    I know this sounds like an odd question but I don't know how better summarize it. It doesn't feel wrong it just feels odd.


    Strong pedal acceleration and it shifts fine. Smooth and predictable.

    On light driving, each time it shifts it lets off power and then picks up. Almost like massive Tq management. 2nd and 3rd shifts seem to be the worst about this.

    Another thing, driving highway speeds, 75mph or so, going to pass someone, thing drops 2-3 gears to get going. No hills or anything odd, seems the more aggressive I am with the pedal the quicker it responds and goes but if I'm gentle(mpg) it feels like a slug.


    I'm wondering if this is all centered around an overly aggressive Tq management system or this is just normal.

    Sure seems hard to drive smoothly in traffic with it backing off each shift in the lower gears.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Thats exactly what I feel with my truck and I just took it in for this and the dealer said it was alright no problems. It's frustrating when I'm in traffic and this happens. I've read and heard about alot of people with this problem. I'm gonna go to another dealer and see what happens in a couple weeks.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    It seems like the only way to make the trans shift smoothly is with more pedal than you want.

    I might try paddling the shifter and see if it goes way or persists.

    It's certainly annoying.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    If I'm gentle and don't rod on mine sometimes it feels kind of weird from 2nd to 3rd. Almost like it doesn't want to go and then POW it goes. I dunno ??

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    That and it doesn't feel like it gets moving until you hear the airbox sucking air. Moderate acceleration gets all this airbox noise like an old 4 barrel carb.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Quote Originally Posted by Banshee8732 View Post
    If I'm gentle and don't rod on mine sometimes it feels kind of weird from 2nd to 3rd. Almost like it doesn't want to go and then POW it goes. I dunno ??
    Theres a TSB for this. Its the hard shift/flare from 2nd into 3rd. I had it on mine, theres a seal kit they install and some other stuff and it fixes the issue.

    Just checked my invoice it says

    Cause : Doc 2702577 applies

    1 retainer
    1 frt freight
    1 seal kit
    1 seal
    1 seal
    6 ATF

    Doc 2702577 applies k9531 5.40 replace sealing rings with new design. My trans has shifted smooth ever since no more hard shift. Had it done back in 2011.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    I don't have the flare issue but I hated the TM and the shift strategy from the factory so I had Blackbear tune my truck and it's still not perfect but worlds better. I'm not afraid to pull out in traffic anymore which is a shame for a 400hp truck to have ever felt that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Deany

    Theres a TSB for this. Its the hard shift/flare from 2nd into 3rd. I had it on mine, theres a seal kit they install and some other stuff and it fixes the issue.

    Just checked my invoice it says

    Cause : Doc 2702577 applies

    1 retainer
    1 frt freight
    1 seal kit
    1 seal
    1 seal
    6 ATF

    Doc 2702577 applies k9531 5.40 replace sealing rings with new design. My trans has shifted smooth ever since no more hard shift. Had it done back in 2011.
    What year is your truck? I have 09 ESV, flare under light peddle, every now and then a hard clunk into 2nd. Dealer said they could not find anything wrong. Flare is about 500 rpm.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Ride View Post
    What year is your truck? I have 09 ESV, flare under light peddle, every now and then a hard clunk into 2nd. Dealer said they could not find anything wrong. Flare is about 500 rpm.
    Mine is an 07

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Thanks for the info on the TSB. My Escalade is at the dealer right now. I told them about the hard 2-3 shift and the TSB. They're going to see if they can duplicate it. I hope they can or else I imagine they'll tell me there's nothing they can do.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    @Banshee what did the dealer say?

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    The phrase I'm tired of hearing: we couldn't verify it. It's happened twice to me in the last day. LOL. go figure!

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Mine was doing the 2-3 hard shift almost 90% of the time on my 07.

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Did you get it fixed?

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    Re: is your Transmission quirky??

    Update on mine. Tech finally verified the hard shift. I took it in today. Last night I was getting the hard shift every time when I just barely touched the pedal. Shifts smooth when I hot rod on it. Good news- they're either rebuilding or replacing my transmission. Bad news- no Escalade until at least Thursday. Again.

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