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So I have the p039 code which is the tourqe converter clutch solenoid malfunction and I called a transmission shop here in Maryland by the name of glen burnie transmissions to inquire about pricing for replacement. The guy on the phone first tries to tell me there is no torque converter clutch solenoid, then after I tell him that this solenoid is behind the side plate actually sitting at the top held in by a hair pin clip he then informs me that the p074,or p071 codes are the Cadillac codes of death, again in then inform this guy I have a p039,code. So he goes on about its way deep in the transmission blah blah and it would cost just under 100,dollars less if I replaced the solenoid verses replacing the entire transmission (quoted at $2,396) I think this guy was trying to work me over big time have any of you guys replaced this solenoid and what was the cost? I can see at the most 900-1,000 but almost 2,500?
 

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If you know what the problem is and how it needs to be fixed, I'd recommend going to your local auto parts store and asking for a recommendation for an independent mechanic who will do the work for WAY less. For instance, there is a commercial account who buys from the store I work at here in NC. Unlike the average shop that charges (around here) from 60-80 dollars an hour plus shop supply charges, this guy charges about $30. He works behind his home in a covered carport area, and his labor estimates come from the latest software. He just doesn't have a ton of overhead, so he prices accordingly. He charges a flat rate of markup if he has to go pick up your parts - I think it's $20 per run. So usually you bring him the parts. Made a $800 timing belt job on my pickup only cost $500, AND he replaced a bunch of other stuff, cleaned the radiator out, etc. If you ask around, somebody knows somebody who can do this job for you for WAY, WAY less, especially if it's as plug-and-play as you make it sound. The hard part would probably be getting to it.
 

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So I have the p039 code which is the tourqe converter clutch solenoid malfunction and I called a transmission shop here in Maryland by the name of glen burnie transmissions to inquire about pricing for replacement. The guy on the phone first tries to tell me there is no torque converter clutch solenoid, then after I tell him that this solenoid is behind the side plate actually sitting at the top held in by a hair pin clip he then informs me that the p074,or p071 codes are the Cadillac codes of death, again in then inform this guy I have a p039,code. So he goes on about its way deep in the transmission blah blah and it would cost just under 100,dollars less if I replaced the solenoid verses replacing the entire transmission (quoted at $2,396) I think this guy was trying to work me over big time have any of you guys replaced this solenoid and what was the cost? I can see at the most 900-1,000 but almost 2,500?
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it's obvious this guy isn't very familiar with these transmissions -
or is just trying to "bend you over" -

call someone else -
 

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it's obvious this guy isn't very familiar with these transmissions -
or is just trying to "bend you over" -

call someone else -
Exactly, this guy tried to tell me the 4t60-e never was an option for any Cadillac... At that point I hung up the phone..
 
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