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Old 11-15-2019, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Transmission is Kaput (probably) Thoughts?

Just happened. Was pulling out of pkg lot and turning right onto street. Loud clunk noise and car would barely move forward. Got it to shoulder. Now on it's way to a transmission specialist (AAA certified). Guess what I'm wanting to know is ...

Is a 2004 Vue (only 88k miles) fully-optioned, decent-looking and otherwise in OK condition worth having major/expensive repair in your opinions?

Any chance it's not a total replace/rebuild situation based on something similar that happened to you? (Not looking to get ripped off)

I've owned it for 3 yrs and - while I wouldn't consider it a great car - I like the size of it. With the Honda engine I expected a fairly long time before trading or putting it out to pasture. Thanks.

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Old 11-15-2019, 02:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Transmission is Kaput (probably) Thoughts?

Just guessing. Automatics have been reliable ever since they replaced manual xmissions requiring learning the art of shifting gears while disconnecting the clutch. Electronically controlled automatics brought even more gears, making them more complex yet for the most part reliable. Yes, they fail but not in great numbers to be concerned about. I'm likely to lean on the possibility of a broken half shaft. When front wheel drive replaced rear wheel drive, the one weakness is when one of the half shafts break - the entire xmission is decoupled with zero forward or reverse to the other driveshaft as a consequence of the differential xmission. Yearly state inspections or diy periodic inspections can reveal when driveshafts show signs of failure. The large rubber boot contains grease used to keep the drive joints lubricated as steering and suspension forces angular movement thru ball bearing joints. A catastrophic driveshaft failure usually bursts this rubber boot while grease is thrown all over the area, marking driveshaft failure. If you're lucky, this is a driveshaft failure with replacement costing much less than xmission replacement or rebuild.

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Old 11-15-2019, 07:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: Transmission is Kaput (probably) Thoughts?

Turns out it is NOT transmission failure. As the prior person mentioned, it involves the front axle (needs replacing) and the rubber boots on the driveshaft. I would describe it better but once I heard it would only cost me about $850 to fix I must've zoned out a little! Might have it back by Monday!

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Here's a typical driveshaft. Two are used, right and left side.
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