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Transmission shifts hard

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Just joined the club about three weeks ago. Got a 2015 rav4 with 79k on it. Anyways. I was changing all the fluids to get a pretty good baseline. The only think I wasnít comfortable with was the transmission fluid. Took it to the dealer right down the street and asked them to check the fluid. They told me it would be better to just do the flush than to check it since it was getting pretty close to the recommended change (at 90k). Sine the price was about the same I decided to go with a flush. They did the work and said everything was good on the car. I drove it over the weekend and was noticing some pretty weird slippage especially 3rd and really on the 4th gear. There was a noticeable slip when going into fourth either on the highway or just in town. The transmission never slipped before I took it for the flush. So I notified them about it. They were real nice and said they would take another look at it. They said they checked the fluid level, reset the ďsystemĒ, and test drove it and the mechanic said their tech said it felt fine. So I took it back home and the next day I feel the slippage again! It seems to be worst when the car is cold but it still happens when itís warm. Anyone have some advice on this?
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Sounds like flushing may have been the wrong choice. Oftentimes it’s best just to drain and fill to avoid potential issues. If you did it at a dealer I would go back and explain your issue even though they say it’s fine - it clearly isn’t!
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Transmission shifts hard

Glad I skipped the flush on mine. Sorry to hear mate.
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Sounds like flushing may have been the wrong choice. Oftentimes itís best just to drain and fill to avoid potential issues. If you did it at a dealer I would go back and explain your issue even though they say itís fine - it clearly isnít!


Yup. Planning on taking it back to them. Is this something that would of caused permanent damage to the transmission?
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Watch this video by Scotty Kilmer, he explains about changing vs. flushing transmission fluid (6:05 minute mark for flushing info).

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Watch this video by Scotty Kilmer, he explains about changing vs. flushing transmission fluid (6:05 minute mark for flushing info).


Dang. That is pretty damning coming from Scotty. Well, I guess I take it back and ask for a tech to ride with me to show him it is indeed slipping even though they said it wasnít for them. Knowing how dealerships can be deny deny deny sometimes. It may be a challenge to get them to own up to it.


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