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I have a 2002 Escalade with 22" rims and I just got the entire transmission replaced. Luckily it was still under warranty so it didn't cost me a penny. But the dealer told me that it may have been from adding custom rims because of the larger wheel size diameter and weight they add on to the vehicle. The funny thing is that they sell brand new 2005 Escalades fresh off the lot with 22's already on there. So isn't that a conflict of interest? Has anyone else here had any problems with their transmission on their Escalade? Just curious.

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They make a lot of money of the wheels that is why the sell them. My trans blew on mine and I had the stock wheels, two times.
 

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my transmission kept slipping for a while ... it wouldnt shift correctly ... they fixed it under warranty though ... on 24's .... but i dare them to blame it on that
 

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My shift points are still off after a couple of computer fixes....My trans is pretty jerky so I have a value guard warranty ready for when the 4 year warranty expires, just in case it drops. I am also running 22's.
 

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All my customers with superchargers, and several with 22's and 24's have had trans problems. :(
 

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:( Damn! From the looks of it, I guess I'm not alone on this problem. My only concern is that it will happen again a few years from now. I guess I just need to sell my Sclade before then or before my warranty runs out. Thanks for the input guys.
 
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Box stock '02 Denali took two trannys. 1 at 58k and again at 67k. Both times, it lost 1st gear. Disassembly revealed a shattered 1st gear drum.

IMHO, I believe the electronics have a glitch that attempts to engage 1st gear while at highway speeds. It can't have been abuse. 53k on stock Michelins and 58k on stock brakes up front.
 

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It depends on a lot of where you drive i.e. mountains, bigger than stock wheels and tires all put more strain on the engine and trans, things like larger trans oil coolers will help, synthetic trans fluid will help too. At the very least changing your trans oil every 20,000 miles will help it last longer as well.
 

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mine just turned over 40k, bone stock, never really towed anything with it. i'll take changing tranny oil suggestion! any oil brand/type recommendation? and, what's our tranny capacity? thanks!!
 

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This might be something to make a sticky out of.. I'd love to have more input on this.. Would this transmission fluid change including a flush? I've heard that to be a bad idea (click here).

With such a big, heavy vehicle, I'd figure the transmission to be a weak point - but it would be nice to find a way to keep them lasting as long as possible.. So far we have:

1. adding a larger transmission oil cooler
2. using synthetic transmission fluid
3. changing the transmission fluid every 20,000 miles

What else can we add to this list?
 

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Sal, the trans is probably the weak link on these and most trucks, so adding performance items like exhaust, headers, air intakes, computer tuning, superchargers and turbo's all put more heat and wear on the trans. The things I listed will help to a point. :)
 

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mine blew at 25k had it replaced under warranty, most people who own these trucks have the transmission blow atleast once during the warranty period is what they told me
 

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You guys are freaking me out man! My '02 lade is out of warranty and is at 51k miles on it right now. Its been good to me so far, but you guys make me worry since I dont have a warranty anymore!
 

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mine blew on me at around 67k miles. well actually not the whole thing, just my first gear solenoid was burnt which was only about 200 to repair. but then i did the whole transmission flush, and repaired all my other solenoids etc. for 900. now it runs great. not a bad price. and i didn't have it serviced at the dealer either haha.
 

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I now have 25,000 miles on a 2004 EXT with a magnacharger installed at 10,000 miles with stock wheels & tires. The trans works fine and have had no problems.
 

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+1 to the list...

03 EXT, 63k miles. I'm in the process of replacing the tranny. The fluid was low and it burnt out. It was over-revving on the highway and around town. Last week it got really bad, it barely wanted to shift outta 1st. I was hoping replacing the fluids would fix it, still had problems. I took it to the dealer to see if they could do anything for it, again no luck. It's in the shop now. EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK THEIR FLUIDS BEFORE IT GETS IT CAUSES BIG PROBLEMS!
 

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'03 with 63k, had transmission oil changed and found lots of metal pieces. Ended up having it rebuilt under extended warranty, but now has a slight whine to it when I'm on the gas.

Oh, and its completely stock on 17's
 

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'03 with 63k, had transmission oil changed and found lots of metal pieces. Ended up having it rebuilt under extended warranty, but now has a slight whine to it when I'm on the gas.

Oh, and its completely stock on 17's
Is this only when you step on the gas and then it goes away when you let go. My truck does this too 02 w/ 75k and I am trying to figure it out. Im on my 4th ps pump and had my front diff done, but now they are out of the way I still get a whine on the gas prob around 35-55 mph and going up incline
 

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All this talk about transmissions I crawled under and looked to make sure the fluid wasn't leaking. It is a little low so I should really just drop the cover, replace the filter and fluid. My truck is shifting kind of cruddy though. Between third and fourth it is getting a RPM jump before shifting getting on the freeway kind of heavy on the gas. Now I notice a slight increase in RPM before shifting in the other gears. I do have fluid on my dip stick when it is warm and running; just above the bottom or so. There is probally only .125"" or so from the bottom. Where is the stuff going? There is not a drop in sight from the trans on the floor or eng. compartment.Do any of you have RPM spikes before shifting? Regardless I will bring it up to normal levels ASAP..
 
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