Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, How bad am I getting screwed? in Cadillac Engine Discussion; 2001 SLS, 6 months out of warranty, 72k miles.
Ok, so I got the infamous TCC solenoid thing. Dealer says, ...
2001 SLS, 6 months out of warranty, 72k miles.
Ok, so I got the infamous TCC solenoid thing. Dealer says, "we can fix, but only 12/12 warranty. Replace with new transmission and get 3/100k warranty." Now I find out it's a "remanufactured" trans, for $4100. Took 'em two weeks to get the damned thing. Now they say the trans cooler fails flow check, so that's another $739, but why do they say I need 2 lbs FREON to fix the trans cooler???
Some Cadillac dealers do not repair Transmission unless they are made to. Your repair would have been cheaper and would not have failed again if it was repaired with all the updated parts!!!! You got talked into a trans. No big deal it is probably for the best since they did not want to fix it. GM will not warranty the trans unless the cooler passes the test. You may want to ask them if they have done a self test on the machine. The flow checking machine has a known problem with the flow meter. The operation manual shows how to run a self test. Our machine fails the test most of the time.
If this is the case you do not need a cooler!
If they replace the cooler it will still fail. I know because I have done it.
The transmission cooling circuit runs through the left side tank of the radiator. The radiator can be removed from the vehicle without removing or disconnecting the condenser....I know this, because I didn't have to when I replaced the radiator myself. It's a complete pain in the ass though, which is why they are charging you you for the freon, and labor to remove the condenser. New radiators are about $350 at the dealer. Flat rate time to R&R it is around 2 hours or so (generous). So price for radiator R&R comes to about $700 and change after taxes, hazmat, ect.