Has my tranny seen the end of its days?

Asked by Jan 31, 2015 at 03:42 AM about the 1996 Chevrolet S-10

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Fluid smells burnt and the tranny
whines out when stepping on the gas.
It has over 219,000 miles.

4 Answers


Burnt fluid is not a good sign. You could try replacing the fluid, but it may or may not help.

call the funeral home for transmissions


I am thinking she is done. however, you could do a couple hundred buck experiment and replace the fluid and get a new filter.


If the truck is shifting gears ok (even with the whine) and you live near a "Jiffy-Lube" , for about $130.00, they will force pump out the old fluid with this 'Mega-Buck' machine that you can watch, as the old fluid travels up into the machine and the new fluid is forced in. Takes about 45 minutes to do and pretty neat to watch. Also, ask about a filter screen replacement. Might be an extra charge for that? Mine didn't need one. Good Luck and Let Us Know, ok?

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