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Posted: 03/13/22 11:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

211Racing wrote:

Is there a trick to getting a decent priced tow? Thanks.
Shop around? And don't tell them you have insurance.


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And I used to use AAA as a personal towing service every time my old snowplow would break down. It’s only a sucker deal if one doesn’t understand cost/benefit analysis.


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I haven’t ever had to us the RV benefit, but when ever I call AAA they ask where I want it towed. They have referenced where they would suggest having it towed. The last time they would have taken it to my local independent shop less than 5 miles from home. Instead they towed it to my preferred dealership 25 miles away without question.


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I have for many years had great service from AAA. No tricks or gimmicks and very helpful in other areas such as DMV free of charge. They are A Okay and good to go.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

I had BOTH, my 15 DRW (flatbed) and 16 DRV (semi truck) towed from Seattle North. RV to my home 45 miles and truck to Dealer that F-DUP my AISIN Transmission 60 miles. Total Cost was $1,800. Turned into my Auto Ins and a week later a check was sent minus my $100 deductible. Sure as heck wasn't the closest repair facility or place to park the RV.

I have American Family Ins and am VERY happy with what I get for my money. NEVER have gotten suckered into AAA or the like and simply add towing to all vehicles on Auto policy for very little $$$.


Yikes, what did they do to your transmission??


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Where the two halves meet I had a leak. Pulled back half off new seal reassembled. It didn’t feel right going together. New seal and tried again. Felt good so I picked it up hooked RV and started heading South to SoCal. Trans too hot message and dinging went into protection mode and finally pulled over where it was safe. Would not move after that. Torque converter got so hot the metal changed colors. New MOPAR reman a month later we headed South. Three year 100k warranty but reality is I would rather still have the original trans. This one does seem fine.


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Proper repair is to remove trans, stand on torque converter end and do the RnR of the seal. Just a little HOT.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Proper repair is to remove trans, stand on torque converter end and do the RnR of the seal. Just a little HOT.

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Yikes, no kidding. Not sure I fully understand what happened, though. Starved for fluid?

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Something came out of alignment inside by not having it stood on end. It all should stack so something came out of alignment causing lack of lubrication.

Mechanic has a great rep. Unfortunately for him the AISIN requires a different procedure and he simply never works on them because they are so dependable. Now he knows!

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Something came out of alignment inside by not having it stood on end. It all should stack so something came out of alignment causing lack of lubrication.

Mechanic has a great rep. Unfortunately for him the AISIN requires a different procedure and he simply never works on them because they are so dependable. Now he knows!


Ah, gotcha, thanks!

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