Okay, just got off the phone with him. Heres the run down from whats hes seeing. Ill be posting up pics later of the parts involved and posting them up when I go there.
His best guess (almost completely sure):
Clutch plates in an older transmission tend to lose material over time. We all know that. turns out a sizable chunk of material (perspectively) clogged up the check valve for the transmission cooler. This in turn made the planetary gears overheat and he said they looked like they almost literally started melting down. They then literally came apart inside the transmission. This all happened within about 5minutes, explaining why I didnt have a check engine light. I think Im saying this right, but correct me if it sounds wrong.
Basically I didnt have any check engine light b/c it happened in such a short period of time. I believe he said our system is a "two-check" system during each driving period. If it doesnt see it twice in the same driving cycle, then it will create an event (underlying code) but not a CEL. And thats what happened. He said I had various underlying codes related to transmission failure and such.
So now that I know what happened, I guess my next question is to choose:
Should I rebuild with a master rebuild kit, and if so which one should I use?
Or should I get a manf. refurbished transmission (dont know if thats even available anymore)
and have him put that in?
2002 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L HO 96K March 2010-present
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