I brought my car to one of those “quick change” places to get the oil and transmission fluid changed (the CVT is notorious for needing regular transmission fluid changes). Less than 2 weeks later, after several hundred miles of driving, the car was barely drivable. I brought it back. When they checked on their computer, it turned out they had put in regular transmission fluid instead of CVT fluid. They flushed and refilled transmission a bunch of times. I was there, watching, so I know the work was done - and the car worked fine for about 2 weeks. Then it started to act up again. I brought it back again, and they flushed it twice more, but now it’s acting up again after only 2 days.
By “acting up,” I mean shifting out of or into park, reverse, or drive is really, really stiff, and the car “lurches” at certain points when driving, both at low speed and at highway speeds. It’s worst in stop & go traffic - attempting to stall when we come to a stop. If you try to manually shift into “L,” it doesn’t go, or rather it will go into low most of the way, but not quite far enough for the little light that says it’s actually in low to light up. If the last two instances since the wrong fluid change are any indication, it won’t be long before it fails to go into “L” no matter how hard I pull on the shifter, which also means it’s going to start stalling again when I come to a stop.
They’ve been really, really nice about all this, and I’ve wanted to try to save the transmission - if for no other reason than to prevent the kid who made the mistake from being fired in this awful economy. It’s a big name company, and I have a feeling they’re not going to be very understanding of an honest mistake up at “corporate HQ.” At the same time, however, I need my car to work.
Is there something else to try that could save the transmission? I know it can’t be taken apart and rebuilt, because on this model car, the transmission core is completely sealed and is not serviceable. Or is it too far gone - should I ask for a new transmission?