£110 is for 1 litre of auto oil at £10 per litre, plus 1 hour labour at £86 plus vat. Just looked it up. It’s checked at 35 degrees. A resistance diag is only 30 mins labour on top of this. I think I’ve got the spec somewhere. Will have a look.
resistance check = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTmdkDuKZ6A
My auto leaked from the side pan. Resealing this was an option, which failed. These days garages prefer to replace rather than repair auto’s. I was given the option and tried it. It didn’t work.
I then wrongly tried to keep topping it up myself, whilst it kept slowly leaking. This cost me around £2200 for a recon auto, fitted. If the oil is low, it will cavitate. That’s when you get air in the torque converter and naffs it up big time. Gear selection feels like someone’s driven in to you at 2 mph whilst stationary. If you over fill it, the oil will come out the breather pipe. Also you’ll blow all the seals. Hence you then need a replacement anyway. That’s a trick I did.
Costs vary between £1400 at independent garages, to £2200 at main dealers. That’s fitted, on the basis they take your old auto complete with torque converter. An example of an independent garage is the original post problem of no reverse gear. He must have looked for a filler, and took a guess.
I’m no mechanic. But if someone had of warned me what I was doing was going to cost me £2200, I would have stopped driving it and carried it to someone who knows how to diagnose them. Fare enough my story comes at face value. I wouldn’t try filling it again!
The only annoying thing is now the engine oil is leaking from between the auto and engine. Mines the v6. So to fix this the engines needs to come out again, and the auto taken off to get to the leak. And the cam belts due, but it’s only done 18k miles. Oh, and found out yesterday the rhs drive shaft is leaking where it goes in to the IRD.
As the song goes: “You’d cry too if it happened to you!”