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went to go get my transmission pulled today. brought it there at 7:30am and the guy said the would have to dissasemble it to figure out what is wrong and that he'd have it out by 1:00pm. he quoted me $395 to take the tranny out, dissasemble the tranny, and figure out the problem. so im like yeah! go for it. now, is it just me, or is that a pretty darn good deal. so, i went back at 12:00 and i see how thing were coming and noticed just the front frame part of the car on the ground. and the transmission sitting on a desk! Now, i thought the trans had to be taken out with the engine, but no!...im estatic about them not having to mess with the engine, causing other problems, and time. is this how all the shops take transmissions out?...I havnt read about how its done. I just thought it was either drop the whole front end, or pull the engine up top. hopefully the transmission is repairable. and , yes i tried almost everything, from solenoids to fuses, to bad ecm. taking it to the trans shop was my last resort...... I just want my cadi back. I'll let you know what ends up happening.
 

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Well, acutally he did have the whole front end out. There is a subframe that holds the engine and transmission and you drop that. I could do it in 5 hours now that I know what to take off. I had the same problem you do and I tried the same things you did. All of my gaskets were shot, the checkballs in both valve bodies were in the wrong places and there was sludge on my clutch plates. All in all it needed a new transmission.
 

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yeah, it turns out when my last radiator went bad, there was coolant that got into the tranny. some of the clutch plates had rust on them and he said they probably werent holding. but, the rest of the trans looked pretty good. i watched the guy take the whole thing apart in 40 min. not too bad. the quote was around 2950 for a rebuild, or they had one in the shop already rebuilt and would swap it out for the same price.(equaling out to me paying 1800 for the trans) seeing that i didnt even pay that much for the car, i was like, umm, no thanks. so, i am getting a tranny from a salvage yard with 87000 for 550 bucks including shipping. having it shipped to the shop and having them install it. now, i was quoted when i left around 1100 for labor which is rediculous because i agreed for them to take the trans out and inspect the trans for 395. and now, since im getting a unit shipped there they would make me pay an additional 686 for 9.8 hours. that doesnt make ant sense! i called another tranny shop and they would install one for 350. this place kinda has me hung by my nuts though because the car cant be moved because its all apart. i should be paying the 395 for the removal and inspection. and then labor to install it which would be 4.9 hours(half of 9.8). so 343. my total labor cost should be 738! i talked to the manager about this and he said the owner would be in on monday. so im going to talk to him then.
 

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I had a 94 that did that same thing the transmission cooler is inside the radiator and it likely went bad and put antifreeze in the transmission so you will likely need a new radiator as well. I now own a 99 and if the cooler is in the radiator I plan to replace the radiator wether it needs it or not.
 
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