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This is my first post so please bear with me if I am lacking any critical information. I've had my 98 Honda Accord since 2001. Never really had any problems. The only maintenance done to the car is oil change and minor tune ups. When I brought the car in to have the oil change today, I thought I'd have the transmission fluid drained and filled since this was never done in the past and the car now has 143,000 miles. Getting the transmission fluid flushed is one of the many preventive maintenace actions I was going to do to prolong the longevity of the car.
While the car was being serviced, the service manager called me to tell me that they the car has a transmission problem. This was really a surprise
to me since the car has been running good. I mean it is not running excellent, since I do feel like has lost some power throughout the years. But the car's condition showed no evidence of a deteriorating transmission. I mean, I noticed that there is a slight shifting problem before I took the car in, but it is very unnoticeable. Now the service manager is telling that I need a new transmission.
When I picked the car, the service manager again told me that when I drive the car. it is going to feel like the transmission is slipping because of the new fluid. Finally, when I drove the car, there was major shifting problems. There were times when I was accelerating from 40mph and the car would rev up, which appears to be the transmission trying to shift from 3rd to 4th gear but it is not able to. Same with the case when I slowed down, it seems that the cars shifting was delayed. This was all apparent after driving a few miles away from the dealership. I also smelled burnt clutch. In addition, the check engine light also came on.
I took the car back to the dealership and once again the service manager said that what I had experienced is normal. He said that things would go back to normal if the car is driven. But I refuse to drive the car the way it behaved after the transmission fluid drain/fill because I feel like the dealership mechanic might have broken something and me driving the car might further create more complications.
I am also getting the feeling that the service manager thinks that I brought the car with an exisiting transmission problem because he says that no-one gets a transmission job unless there is an apparent transmission problem.
I left the car to the dealer so that a transmission mechanic can further look into the problem so I'll find out what the dealer has to say tomorrow.
Would a simple transmission fluid drain and fill cause the problem I described? Is the service manager telling the truth that it is normal for the tranmission to slip?
Any ideas or opinion is greatly appreciated.