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2011 Dodge Journey Transmission Guidance Needed

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I took my journey to the dealership after I heard a strange noise. They sent the transmission mechanic to my car and they drove it 3 miles round trip. Got back and they said no transmission issues were noticed; however, there was a slight whine but they said it wasn't a major issue. Got in the car the next day to go to dinner. The car was fine for about 1.5 miles after leaving my house. All of the sudden when I tried to accelerate it wouldn't I had to rev the engine up just to get it to kick into gear and it wouldn't last (limp mode as they called it). I am highly confused and have been researching quite a bit. 

 

The worker (second trip, not transmission specialist) checked the  transmission fluid. He said it was low but "not low enough to cause an issue." They did the codes and it popped up the following:

                         P1790 (Fault Immediately After Shift)

                         P0868 (Line Pressure Low)

                         P0740 (TCC out of range)

                         Gear ratio error in 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

I understand the codes; however, it seems strange they get these codes and wouldn't even take a look at the transmission. They said it was dead. I am confused as there have been no issues of slipping, no major changes in gas consumption, or any other warning signs. Any tips would be appreciated as they are quoting me 1800-3000 (again, without even doing a full diagnostic). 

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Expect $3000 + labor from the dealership, I think.  If you don't have any warranty,  I would find a good transmission shop.  I had my 2011 transmission replaced under warranty.  Rough estimate was around $5000 otd if I had to pay for the warranty work.   Seems to shift smoothly after installation of a new transmission.   The dealership will be quite expensive.  Good luck.   

 

Peace. 

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Oh, mine had absolutely no symptoms.  They told me mine was shot and they just replaced it.  My code was different though.   

 

Peace.

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There aren't always signs before a transmission goes out. I was on a trip in my Ford and half way back home, in the snow, I had no power. Going up and down some roads, no power was really bad. I traveled 100 miles rev'ing the engine and hitting a top speed of 35-40 mph (it was horrible). I got into the first big city and limped into a transmission shop. They gave me a price of $7000, but I would have to leave it for 5 days. I ended up towing it home ($230 - no way I was going to pay that price). Anyway, long story short, I took it a local trusted transmission shop and they told me it was an $11 part in the transmission that controlled the vacuum, but the labor was huge. In came YouTube and a bunch of videos, a day of removing the seats and center panel to get to the part, and repair the $11 part. No transmission issues for the next 4 years I owned the car. Take it to a couple of transmission shops you trust and good luck.

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reminds me of when i hit a small submerged  stump with my ski boat letting water into the lower unit on the down drive. mechanic said well it is a 99 cent O Ring that got cut or nicked  but the labor to replace it was somewhere around $ 400.  for the labor...oh well live and learn

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