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Old 02-27-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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Should I be able to clearly see the fluid level on the dipstick? Cant tell if the fluid on the dipstick is from removing/inserting.
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: When checking the transmission fluid level.....

The service manual states that you should remove the dipstick, clean off the fluid and reinsert it and read the fluid level at least twice; you should get consistent readings.
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and if like most transmission very warm and car runnng when you check it.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:54 PM   #4
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Did all of the above.

Transmission started acting up the past few days. I can be giving it a lot of gas but the car refuses to accelerate. Have also lost reverse a 2 times.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:07 AM   #5
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Sorry to say but I think your transmission is on its way out. Best to have someone look at it soon. Was the transmission fluid dark and/or have a burnt smell to it?
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:50 AM   #6
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Doesn't smell burnt, but it does look a little dark. No check engine light though which seems strange. Could it still be throwing a code?
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Had Autozone check for codes and nothing.
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Do you have a 4 or 6 cylinder engine? If its the 6, then you have the 6T70 trans, and if you have lost reverse and the car won't accelerate, it sounds like you may have the common 3-5-R wave plate failure even though you aren't spitting a related code. I suppose it could be a torque converter failure but because of the known wave plate issue, my guess is...its that.
Can you get the vehicle to a GM dealer? Find the TSB for this issue on line or contact GM via phone and ask them for support based upon this issue.

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Old 02-29-2016, 10:37 AM   #9
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Yes, its a 2008 XR with the 6 cylinder and it has 92,000 miles on it. Will be contacting GM today. Just seems strange that it doesn't do it all of the time. Wife drove it to work this morning and she said everything felt fine.

Honestly I hope it is the wave plate since we have a couple of big trips planned for this summer.
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Old 03-03-2016, 10:45 AM   #10
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Kudos to GM, they have been very proactive in trying to get the issue resolved. They have put me in contact with a local Buick dealership that I have only heard good things about. The transmission had a couple of “hiccups” yesterday, but still no check engine light. Will be interested in seeing how they diagnose it if there are no codes. Will keep you all updated.
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Yes, its a 2008 XR with the 6 cylinder and it has 92,000 miles on it
All on the original fluid? Last time changed? No brainer to change the fluid- no flushing!
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Old 03-03-2016, 01:08 PM   #12
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Still on the original fluid. I know it needs to be changed when we reach 100,000 miles.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:12 AM   #13
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Stopped by the dealership this morning, car drove perfectly on the way there, go figure. Last night it was hunting/slipping and shuddering for lack of a better word. Will be making an appt. with them early next week, still no check engine light or codes. They didn't recommend the 100K transmission service because it doesn't sound "fluid" related and they will need to tear into the transmission anyways to diagnose.

If I could I would of traded it in on the spot for a beautiful Buick Regal GS they had sitting on the floor.
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Default Re: When checking the transmission fluid level.....

Smokey,
Just want to give a tip. Tearing into the transmission without codes is not a viable practice. This pretty much isn't done...a waste and a wild goose chase.

Keep driving the car until it exhibits the issue and you can demonstrate it to the dealer...and/or the failure mode throws a code.

Don't authorize tearing into the trans on a scavenger hunt. This is pretty much never done for obvious reason. If the trans shifted perfectly recently, they will find nothing...because the trans can't shift perfectly if there is anything that can be determined by tearing into it.

I hope this makes sense and good luck.

Your issue FWIW may in fact be fluid related...if you have some valve body blockage...and/or the filter is getting clogged which btw you have split the trans case to get to on the 6T70.
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Thanks gm7 and I'm starting to agree with you. Going to have the fluid changed and wait until in throws a code. No need giving GM a blank check.
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Decided not to let GM tear into the transmission without any codes. Took the vehicle to my local mechanic who I trust and they did the 100K transmission service and the tranny feels as good as new with no issues. So maybe it was fluid related, time will tell.

Thank you to everyone for your help/advice.
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Default Re: When checking the transmission fluid level.....

I asked the service manager at my dealership about changing my transmission fluid on my 2008 XE with over 113k miles on it just as a preventative measure. It has no codes or no troubles at all. He told me that if it isn't broken, don't fix it. He also said that if the fluid is changed, it might stir up some debris and may result in a problem down the road. I also asked a friend who is also a mechanic and he said the same thing; "if it isn't broken, don't fix it".
Has anybody else had the same trouble after they had their transmission fluid replaced?
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they did the 100K transmission service and the tranny feels as good as new with no issues. So maybe it was fluid related, time will tell.
It was fluid related... Honda( same trans) rec'd 25000 mile interval.

If you want to stretch it another 100K miles , you're welcome to do that, but fluid is much cheaper than replacing transmissions that wear out from fluid long past it's prime.


Wwhat fluid did your mech install?

How did he service the trans?.
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Still on the original fluid. I know it needs to be changed when we reach 100,000 miles.
No, every 25000 miles- GM service interval is bogus.
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I've done my 08 Vue XR every 25K (+/-) and it is still running fine at 79K. Still need to replace a lower control arm bushing, but it is still working.

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