2004 Cadillac SRX Transmission Slipping ...

Asked by Jun 08, 2017 at 03:47 PM about the 2004 Cadillac SRX V8 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My daughter recently purchased a 2004 Cadillac SRX which she dearly loves.  At the time of purchase her dash display showed 15% life left in transmission fluid.  She continued to drive it with no apparent problems well after it went to 0% - until suddenly, a couple of miles from home, the transmission started slipping.  She limped home, experiencing high RPM.  My question: Is the transmission totally shot, or could it possibly be revived by replacing the transmission fluid?  

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105,475

Check the transmission fluid color and smell, if it's dark or has a burnt smell to it then it's done for, however if it's still a bright red and has no burnt smell it's most likely experancing the ever so unpopular shift solenoid failures, a tranny shop can verify this by running a series of stand alone tests that can force solenoid applications many check the results of the pressure readings. HTH

Replying to tennisshoes ... Based on your textbook answer, I'm not sure you really read my question. According to the dashboard LED showing "0% life left in the transmission fluid" and the transmission failure itself, I KNOW the transmission fluid is "SHOT", but is the transmission unquestionably "SHOT". Cadillac and Aamco say "absolutely YES, and a complete rebuild will be required". I'm simply hoping to get an unbiased answer from an expert here at CarGurus.

86,235

Change out the fluid if it makes you feel better but it will almost certainly be a waste of money.

86,235

If two experts have already told you it is shot you are grasping at straws. Count tennis as an "expert" too so you really have 3 expert opinions.

105,475

Plus I own a Cadillac, running on its second transmission, but I must say that the second tranny is much better than the factory one.

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