Sell the car or fix itFirst time posting and very frustrated.
2011 Rav4 97k
I have the sudder. 2-3 months ago I changed the tranny filter and flushed the fluid. It helped tremendously. The shudder came back about a month later. I did another driveway flush (2-3 quarts is what came out). It helped. The shudder came back again.
I think it's a bunch of crap that Toyota is aware of this problem and putting out sub par torque converters. (From what I understand the Camery has been recalled for this same problem)
Took it to dealer today they said Torque Converter is sticking.... $5600 for new transmittion. Of course I couldn't get them to use the term "toyota shudder" and they'd "never heard of it."
They also tried to get my wife to trade it in after telling her she needed a new transmission. I did NOT appreciate this tactic and made me think they were full of crap to begin with.
Should I have it professionally flushed? Any videos or options on me doing a more thurough flush? Will it help at this point or will it continue to come back?
And I guess my real question is... What happens if I don't replace the transmisstion? Does the sudder get worse until the transmission dies all together?
Am I really going to have to pay $5600 (Plus the $105 I already dropped for them to tell me something I already knew) for a 5 year old vehicle? Is that my only option?
Sorry for the 4th grade spelling.