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My automatic transmission will not engage to...

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16 Feb 2013

My automatic transmission will not engage to any gears, the shop I took it to says they looked at it & something is probably burned up but when they looked at it twice it would engage & now it won't. They want $2000 to repair it. It is a 01 Hyundai Tiburon. Could it be something other than the tranny? Would it engage sometimes if something in the tranny is burned up? They seemed shady, I'm afraind to just trust them, I can not afford to risk being ripped off I've just recently lost my job.
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16 Feb 2013
Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly
Auto Mechanic
Hi, how are you? Is the check engine light coming on at all? Also how does the trans fluid look?
16 Feb 2013
Customer reply
16 Feb 2013
My check engine light has been on for a yr because I need a rear O2 sensor. the tranny fluid is good.
16 Feb 2013
Customer reply
16 Feb 2013
I don't know if this has anything to do with it... the same day this happened I got stuck in very deep snow & I rocked the car back & forth to get out of it. The repair shop says this caused the tranny problem I am having. I can hardly imagine that being stuck in the snow broke a transmission, I have been stuck before.
16 Feb 2013
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16 Feb 2013
Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly
Auto Mechanic
Ok the issue that you are describing is a valve body failure which is very common on this vehicle.The valve body is electrically shorting which in turn does not activate the solenoids to engage the gears.Most times the valve body can be replaced and the transmission is fine,however most shops are going to want to rebuild the trans because there has been a pressure loss.The pressure loss creates heat damage to the clutches,bands,etc.The safest way to prevent you sending money in the future from having to go back in the transmission for additional repairs is to go with the rebuild.$2000 is a fair price for the job.I don't think the snow caused this issue.
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Customer reply
16 Feb 2013
Is the valve body something that can easily replaced by someone who is not a professional machenic? I don't have $2000 for a rebuild at this point in time.
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16 Feb 2013
Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly
Auto Mechanic
The valve body can replaced by removing the transmission pan.It has about 10 bolts and looks similar to the picture below.
  • AX4S-Valve-Body.jpg  View
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16 Feb 2013
Would you need a new gasket when removing the transmission pan? Would it be simple to just a new vavle body in?
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Customer reply
16 Feb 2013
Would the gasket & valve body be expensive?
16 Feb 2013
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16 Feb 2013
Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly
the valve body runs about $400 and the gasket runs about $25.00
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Mike Kelly
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17 years experience as an auto mechanic, foreign and domestic. 5 years running my own repair business.
16 Feb 2013
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