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Old 10-31-2013, 02:16 AM
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Default Newbie poster, long time reader... Have a tranny question

I think I blew a tranny.

Anyway, I have a '97 1500 4x4 5.9. About 5 minutes after the warranty expired the transmission started slipping and not working right. I took it to my local AAMCO and took a huge one in the ass. They said it was a known issue but since it was out of warranty, pay up. I did. They also said it now had a lifetime warranty. So when it started acting up again, some 10 years later, I took it to my new local AAMCO and had them check it out. They didn't find anything wrong with it. I told them I had a lifetime warranty and they laughed and said no I didn't.

So now here I am a couple of years after that, I've done fluid changes and kept an eye on it, but just recently it has gotten much worse. To the point where I'm afraid to drive it. I took it to the dealer and had a check done on it.

Basically, it's over heating and leaking fluid, violently shifts in and out of overdrive and jerks like a bucking bronco at a stop light, to the point where people look at you like you're an a-hole.

So, after all that, the question is: Is it better to get a new transmission (or rebuilt) or to take this one out and have it rebuilt? If so, where do I find and good one and what should I look for to make sure it's not a P.O.S. or a bait and switch? What should I be looking for in a quality rebuilt tranny?

I don't mind doing the work (I enjoy working on my truck) and I can have the truck out of commission for a few months. Also, while it's up on jacks, I am planning on putting a few other performance upgrades on the engine, such as headers, exhaust, intake valves and manifold and a chip, etc.. Would this affect the transmission?

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Old 10-31-2013, 02:22 AM
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Your subject line, and then your opening line had me wondering if I switched forums somehow? LOL.....

I'm afraid I can't offer any help on this, but I did want to stop in and welcome you to the Z.

There are a ton of good people here with loads of knowledge about trucks, sadly I'm not one of them.

I do have a question though......

If you were told you had a lifetime warranty and the paperwork to back it up, why are they now saying that you don't?

Anyway, best of luck with your problems.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:34 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum, glad to have you join us! Sorry to hear about your problem but sure hope you have that lifetime warranty in writing somewhere so you don't get hosed. As for the trans, I've done a few swaps but never rebuilt one but you can check into a rebuild/overhaul kit and if you don't want to go that route and you can find a rebuilt one, best to take it to a transmission shop and let a technician look it over. Good luck though and be sure to keep us posted! Lots of great people and info here, so any help you need, just ask and I hope you enjoy the site!

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