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Old 04-13-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Greetings. One month ago I had the clutch replaced in my 2004 Scion xA. The vehicle had been performing fine since then.

However, on Monday April 11th I drove up a steep hill and parked my car on a flat surface. An hour later I returned to my car and started it up, but could not get it out of first gear. After several minutes, I was finally able to move the shifter to neutral. I as I drove on, it became easier to shift between gears, but still there was an abnormal amount of resistance.

Tuesday morning I took the car back to the mechanic who replaced the clutch. That evening he called me and simply said that I needed a new transmission. And with that he gave me two prices for two used transmissions.

First of all, I seriously doubt I need a new tranny. I'm more inclined to think that the problem is linkage related. Second of all I seriously doubt the mechanic dropped the tranny to determine the problem.

I'm considering picking up my car today no matter what condition it's in and taking it somewhere else.

Has anyone had a similar experience with their transmission?
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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7 year old car, good chance the transmission is worn as well. Worth getting a second opinion.
Too often the econ-o-box cars do not have the best available equiptment.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Afghanistan
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The Xa is a Yaris/Echo cross. Very/very reilable. Depending... on your mileage you probably are being fed a line of BS.

Strike that, the mechanic is right, it is junk, sell it. I need a parts car for my Xa (80K) and my Echo (147K), I'll buy your Xa. Of course since it is so bad I can't pay that much...

Last edited by Traeger; 04-14-2011 at 05:28 PM.. Reason: Humor line
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I can't say with 100% certainty but I'm willing to put money down that there is nothing wrong with your transmission.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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I can't say with 100% certainty but I'm willing to put money down that there is nothing wrong with your transmission.
I gather you're right. My tranny is probably OK. I picked up my car from the mechanic Wednesday afternoon. I asked him how he'd come to the conclusion that I needed a new tranny. He was lost for words. I mentioned the linkages. He said he sprayed WD-40 on it and that it was now much better. I checked it out and sure enough, the resistance was much less than previously. I told the mechanic I would not be replacing my tranny for now as he'd suggested.

I've driven my car around since Wednesday. There is a significant amount of resistance during shifting, when the car is cold. The resistance dminishes (and altogether disappears) as the car heats up.

I am still puzzled as to what is causing this resistance.
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