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Old 09-09-2010, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much should this Job Cost? (replace solenoid in transmission)

Truck is starting in 3rd gear... I researched on this forum and was told that I need to replace the solenoid in transmission:

Code I am getting: P0700 Transmission Control System (MIL Request)

Advise I was given in another thread:
Governor Pressure Solenoid, It can be changed by dropping the pan. It
is best to do the GM Solenoid Conversion when replacing it.

My question is how much should this cost if I take it to a reputable shop?
How much time is involved?

Is this somthing I could do? I replace parts all the time on my vehicles but have never dealt with this particular repair...

I called auto parts store and they asked me if I had a lock out or not? I think I do since I have "tow mode" that eliminates overdive and locks TC in other gears??? Is this what Lock out means?

I was quoted a price of 90bucks for the solenoid (BDX?) if I have a Lock out and 40 bucks if I don't. Does this sound right?

Why Should I do the "GM Solenoid Conversion"? This one presumably lasted for 100k what would the GM conversion do better?

Sorry for so many questions but I really need the help, thanks in advance for any and all advice/answers!!!
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Truck is starting in 3rd gear... I researched on this forum and was told that I need to replace the solenoid in transmission:

Code I am getting: P0700 Transmission Control System (MIL Request)

Advise I was given in another thread:
Governor Pressure Solenoid, It can be changed by dropping the pan. It
is best to do the GM Solenoid Conversion when replacing it.

My question is how much should this cost if I take it to a reputable shop?
How much time is involved?

Is this somthing I could do? I replace parts all the time on my vehicles but have never dealt with this particular repair...

I called auto parts store and they asked me if I had a lock out or not? I think I do since I have "tow mode" that eliminates overdive and locks TC in other gears??? Is this what Lock out means?

I was quoted a price of 90bucks for the solenoid (BDX?) if I have a Lock out and 40 bucks if I don't. Does this sound right?

Why Should I do the "GM Solenoid Conversion"? This one presumably lasted for 100k what would the GM conversion do better?

Sorry for so many questions but I really need the help, thanks in advance for any and all advice/answers!!!
First: Do not call an auto parts store, most of the guys that work selling parts don't know what they are selling.

Second: You don't have to do a "GM Conversion", Borg Warner makes a new gov press sol that has become the new hotness....and it is cheaper (about $60). BW part # 50185, you can get it through DTT trans parts.

Third: Cost if you supply the solenoid should be around 100-150 max to drop the pan and install new fluid and filter along with the sol.

Fourth: why am I helping a gators fan......GO VOLS.
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Should be no more than a 2 hour job. But I would do it myself, it is very easy
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Thanks a ton for the answers guys, I think I'll do it myself then. Still not sure exactly what "lock out" means for a transmission? Anybody mind explaining to a newbie? Is this the switch on the end of the gear shift "tow mode"?
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Thanks a ton for the answers guys, I think I'll do it myself then. Still not sure exactly what "lock out" means for a transmission? Anybody mind explaining to a newbie? Is this the switch on the end of the gear shift "tow mode"?
It means the parts guy you talked to is a moe-ron.
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ok, I dropped the pan and I have a borg warner solenoid on it's way...

Took some video and have a couple more questions:

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1: Is the Solenoid suppossed to be VERY VERY hot? I turned the truck on to park it where I wanted to work on it for maybe 15 seconds... then I left the ignition on so I could listen to the radio, dropped the pay and the solenoid burned me when I touched it... Is this normal??

2: Video shows another elecrical part that has some play in it, what is it and is it ok to have some play in it?

3: Does the magnet that sits down in th pan look like a normal amount of debris clinging to it?
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3rd gear starts is more common to have lack of 12V to the trans
gov solenoid does cause this but mostly 2nd gear starts

to test start pulling away (3rd gear) pull shifter down to low if it goes to first then it is probably the solenoid if it only goes to second I would confirm 12V at the trans before I start buying any parts
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3rd gear starts is more common to have lack of 12V to the trans
gov solenoid does cause this but mostly 2nd gear starts

to test start pulling away (3rd gear) pull shifter down to low if it goes to first then it is probably the solenoid if it only goes to second I would confirm 12V at the trans before I start buying any parts
Thanks, solenoid is already on it's way but I would love to confirm 12V.

How do you confirm 12V at the transmission? I have a Voltmeter and know how to use it Just not sure where to look for the 12V power? Is it a certain color wire I should be looking For? Turn ignition to on position? Does engine have to be running? (that's a problem if so because I already dropped the pan)

Which plug?
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at this point you cant really
slap in the solenoid and see what happens
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at this point you cant really
slap in the solenoid and see what happens
Is that a question or a statement? Not trying to be disrespectful just not sure what you meant by that??
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Is that a question or a statement? Not trying to be disrespectful just not sure what you meant by that??
Draw a mental picture of a period between really and slap......
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sorry I meant that you can't check for power with the trans apart , the computer is usually smart enough to detect a problem and turn off the power supply unless everything is working normally
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