I'm actually looking to overhaul my trans too and I'm right in your area. My mechanic (on the border of Chicago/Niles) is having his guys over by the HIP mall take a look at it. I got water in my trans and its not shifting properly, and while I'm still looking around for estimates, my guy's saying about $1300 plus taxes. He says this includes kind of a "double warranty" from both my mechanic and his trans guys. However I'm also taking it to a shop in Bensenville tomorrow so I'll see how much they charge.
You must have only gotten a little water in yours, mine didn't shift at all. But, the resolution is the same in either case - rebuild the trans.
Yeah the water was only about up to my sidesteps/front bumper height. (On stock 31"s and no lift). I was in it for a few mins and I guess it wasn't too much water because I got it flushed out after driving from the UP of MI down to Chicago. It drove fine for 6 months, but my mechanic told me to flush it again. 3 days later I started running into troubles and yes, now it has to be overhauled.
How has your trans been holding up after the rebuild? And j/w...did you extend the breather hoses on the trans? I heard its easy to do...except you need to pull the tranny out which will be done anyway. I wonder if my mechanic would know how to do that....
I am on 30's w/o a lift, and I wasn't in too deep, or so I thought. But I guess the water got tossed up by the torque converter and sucked into the breather hole.
I did two drain and fills at the offroad park, and a flush at a there-local Peb Boys, but it was already gone - the friction parts inside the A/T are pretty much water soluble, so any water and they start to break down, more water = faster deterioration. You seem to have gotten only a little bit of water, or something else since that time to make it worse.
I researched the breather hose issue before I was able to get the work done, but the shop wouldn't guarantee the mod . bummer. From what I understand, it's a worthy mod, but only if you have it all taken down - not so much worth the effort to pull the trans just to do it though.
Lesson learned, I stay away from water.
It's been doing just fine, pretty much like it was before the rebuild. I can't say anything bad about it, I've taken some long road trips, not to mention a season of wheeling (with minimal water!)
I work at Douglas Autoworks in Roselle, IL. We work on all types of vehicles especially jeeps (there's 5 here right now). But as for trans work we usually point the customers to a very reputable trans shop we use. Let me know if you need more info on the trans shop if you didnt get it done already. Mike
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