Thanks for your help hmac300. Finally finished everything up and the problem seems to be fixed.
Unfortunately, I seem to be having difficulty with refilling the transmission fluid. I put in four quarts and started the car, letting it run for a few minutes while cycling the gears. When I checked the dipstick level, it was dry, so I added another quart. It was still dry so I added another quart (6 quarts so far). After 20 minutes of engine running, it looked like the fluid level was just below the cold fill area. Then I drove the car for about 20 minutes and parked it again. By this time, the dipstick looked pretty dry, so I added a 7th quart. Now, after checking the level with the engine off and cold this morning, the fluid level is up to the hot area. How is that possible? Do I now need to drain a bunch of fluid out or something?
BTW, I had a local repair shop give me an estimate on what they would charge me to replace the solenoid and refill the transmission fluid. They told me it might take 8-9 quarts of new fluid. So what am I missing here? Thanks again for your help.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 AT 11:30 AM