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my transmission is messed up and the dealer said it will cost me 4,200 dollars to repair... what am i gonna do? why is it so much?!
 

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I can feel your concern because my transmission did not have enough fluid in it and it started acting crazy on the acceleration. I had to replace the rear transmission pan because the plug was seized in the pan. IU search high and low for a replacement pan on the internet and to no avail i could fine one not even in a junk yard. The new pan i had to order from the dealer which the dealer has trapped us and it cost me $280 just for the pan alone!:bonkers: So i can imagine if your whole entire transmission is screwed then PRE PARE YOUR SELF... Eveything about this car is called :devil: MONEY, MONEY and MORE MONEY and what puts the icing on the cake is that there are little options around these ridiculous problem repairs...
 

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The tranny's aren't a Catera weakness. If you need a new tranny, it's a rare occurance.
If you tell us what's wrong, we may be able to save you a few $$.
Instead of getting a new tranny from the dealer, get a used one from a junk yard. You can get a 1yr warranty and pay a mechanic to install it.
 

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the car would not move at times when in drive and when it does it won't reach to the last gear...
the car is also sounding wayyyyy different and wacky
 

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You gotta do better than that. Any lights? Codes would be really nice. Is the tranny slipping or binding?
What does the car sound like?
 

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engine light as well as the transmission light are on... i dunno the codes... car sounds like its having a hard time going
 

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Well, if you're serious about figuring it out, you would need the codes. AutoZone scans them for free but I don't know if you can get the car there. A code scanner goes for about $300. Only certain models work on the Cat.
Easy thing to check is the fluid level. Car has to be running and warm. Fluid should come to the bottom of the fill hole on the pan.
The other thing I'm thinking is the PRNDL switch although your symptoms don't match it exactly. Usually the shifter lights flash.
Of course, you could ask the dealer what exactly is wrong. "Your tranny is busted" doesn't cut it with me. They need to tell you what led them to this diagnosis. Considering that you already paid them to do that work, they owe you this information.
 

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Hey guys, i'm new to the forum . But i 've been reading the posts and am a little concerned. I have just bought a 98 with about 74k miles . I'm noticing that the cat will " bump " ocassionally when changing gears in lower speeds. I hope this is not an indication of the same problem that he is having. :suspense: Haven't had time to bring it in yet . I'm in NYC so ther are repair shops everywhere but i'm slow to bring it in to a dealer as it might end up being some super large cost to repair. Does anyone have any thoughts?
 

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Hi, your problem sounds like the autobox is low on fluid. Not too serious...YET!
You need to check the fluid level. Now with this box that is not straightforward...

Get the car on a flat surface once the engine is warm,put in N or P, then remove fluid plug on the side of the transmission. The fluid should just reach the lower level of the hole. If not, top it up until it does. It requires FULLY SYNTH gear oil.

To be honest I would get a full oil and filter change done on the transmission. Easy (but messy) job for any garage really, should take around 1 hour (much cheaper than dealer rates!!) and will also require approx 7 litres (?) of fully synthetic transmission fluid, a filter and 2 gaskets. :)

Personally, if you don't know them, take the fluid and gaskets with you (available from any GM dealer) and just pay for the labour.
 

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It requires FULLY SYNTH gear oil.
NO! NO NO! :canttalk:
I'm sure you meant ATF but I wouldn't want anyone to fill their tranny with 80W90 gear oil. That's a sure death.
The Catera requires Dexron 3 ATF. If I'm not mistaken, all ATF is synthetic. To be sure, look it up in your owner's manual. I've been using the Coastal ATF from Autozone without issues. You can get fluid from your dealer but that's a waste of money.
Fluid capacity without draining the converter is about 7 quarts.
 

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Yes, when I said gear oil I did mean ATF... apologies for any confusion! :eek:
Not all ATF is synthetic though, you can get dexron 2 which is semi synthetic, and will seriously shorten the life of the gearbox!
 

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Thanks guys:cheers: . I'm off the get that done right now. I was about to be really worried. Lets see how it turns out .
 
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