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Did the first oil change on my 2020 VN-PP today (3000 miles). I was under the car giving everything a once over, I noticed these two drips on the trans case. I rechecked my garage floor and didn't see spots or pools.

This can't be good, right? It's definitely transmission fluid (smell/color). Looks like a trip back to the dealer is in store for me.

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Put some cardboard under the area and see if it drips on the cardboard, it's easier noticed. It does look like it coming from the two center bolts.

Just a question; did you add any oil or recently have the oil change? The reason why I ask is, sometimes technicians don't get all the excess oil wiped off after an oil change.

Either way, take it in and let them inspect it for a possible gasket issue.
 

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Yeah, I did that. Looks like a drip or three after every trip, so far. Maybe losing ~.5mL or so every time? And like I said, this was the first oil change, so no one else has serviced this since I bought it (with 6 miles on the odometer). It didn't match the color of the oil, and it smelled like transmission fluid instead of oil.

Got an appointment for next Monday at the dealer. I'm with you; I'm betting on a pinched/misaligned gasket... I *have* been having issues entering 6-gear where if feels like the lever has cleared the gate, but as soon as I lift off of the clutch the lever pops out of gear. I'm thinking that issue is more me lifting the clutch pedal too quickly. But, you know how your mind likes to start down the whole correlation-is-causation path... even when it's clearly not. ;)

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Survey says.... New Transmission!

Word from the dealer is there definitely one (possibly two?) alignment pins on the top of the casing that is bent either from manufacturing or with the two plates were mating. The alignment was off just enough to allow seepage from the top. According to the books this is a straight-up replacement of the entire assembly.

*sigh*

It took some time to find the location. At first, the techs thought that it was just overfilled and "venting the excess" (?!). But once they got it up to temp, they were able to pin-point it. I asked if this misalignment might be causing my issues engaging 6th gear. I didn't get a real affirmative answer either way. I guess I'll find out when I get it back.

I wonder what the soonest (least miles) transmission replacement has been? I rolled into the dealer with 3054 miles on the odometer.

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Excellent, yes it's a straight up replacement. It wouldn't cause the hard engagement into 6th. It wouldn't cause a issue at the output shaft is concentric The casing is just rotated slightly. However it could cause a slightly misaligned flywheel/clutch issue. Considering you're going to get a new transmission, I suspect it's the 2020 spec unit.

Now be careful, they may want to replace the clutch as well. If they do, make sure you're not paying for it, as it's a wear and tear part. Get it in writing up front if the haven't already done so.
 

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Finally got my VN back today. The dealer said the entire assembly had to come from California (though it took 10 days to arrive, I'm wondering if it had to come from S Korea...). Invoice showed transmission assembly, MTX 70W fluid flush, and brake fluid replacement ( so no new clutch ). The dealer went ahead with the 5000 mile inspection. The warranty invoice was ~$6800 (I, obviously, paid $0).

I'm just glad to have her back. The Hyundai Tuscon rental I had was sucking the life out of me.

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Survey says.... New Transmission!

Word from the dealer is there definitely one (possibly two?) alignment pins on the top of the casing that is bent either from manufacturing or with the two plates were mating. The alignment was off just enough to allow seepage from the top. According to the books this is a straight-up replacement of the entire assembly.

*sigh*

It took some time to find the location. At first, the techs thought that it was just overfilled and "venting the excess" (?!). But once they got it up to temp, they were able to pin-point it. I asked if this misalignment might be causing my issues engaging 6th gear. I didn't get a real affirmative answer either way. I guess I'll find out when I get it back.

I wonder what the soonest (least miles) transmission replacement has been? I rolled into the dealer with 3054 miles on the odometer.

--JamesT
I have you beat. My car started leaking over the weekend and dealer said I need a new transmission. Under 1900 miles on my car. I bought it January 18th, they told me it could be April before the new transmission shows up. Not thrilled.

-Joe
 

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I have you beat. My car started leaking over the weekend and dealer said I need a new transmission. Under 1900 miles on my car. I bought it January 18th, they told me it could be April before the new transmission shows up. Not thrilled.

-Joe
Dang! Well, I felt like an error such as this wouldn't be limited to just one, unfortunately. :( That sucks, man. It took my dealer about 12 days to get the transmission shipped to Atlanta (said it had to come from California, but I'm thinking it probably had to come from S. Korea).

Good luck! I hope it goes smoothly for you. Just FYI, I had a boost leak after they returned the car to me ( it sounded like I had a supercharger instead of a turbo ). So, I've had to take it back twice since getting it back. :(

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TY for the heads-up fellas. I'll crawl under mine this weekend and take a look, even though my trans shifts perfect.
 

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TY for the heads-up fellas. I'll crawl under mine this weekend and take a look, even though my trans shifts perfect.
I wasn't showing any signs of the transmission acting up, I just noticed a wet spot in my driveway. Then promptly backed the car into a new spot to check that it was indeed coming from my car. Took it in the next day, and they took my car from me and claim that it might be until April before I get it back. Considering I've had it only 5 weeks, it's hard not to consider lemon law on it. I'd like my car for more than 50% of the time.
 

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I wasn't showing any signs of the transmission acting up, I just noticed a wet spot in my driveway. Then promptly backed the car into a new spot to check that it was indeed coming from my car. Took it in the next day, and they took my car from me and claim that it might be until April before I get it back. Considering I've had it only 5 weeks, it's hard not to consider lemon law on it. I'd like my car for more than 50% of the time.
You won't be able to, it has to meet specific criteria; unless it's at least three visits for the same problem as is specified for most states.:smile:
I don't think (and RedVN sorta confirmed) that my shifting issues were related. Other than the leak, nothing *seemed* "off" with the car.

--JamesT
Check your shifting linkage also. Most of the problems associated with the supposed i30N 5th and 6th gear issues are from maladjusted shifting linkage as opposed to failing syncros.
 

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I wasn't showing any signs of the transmission acting up, I just noticed a wet spot in my driveway. Then promptly backed the car into a new spot to check that it was indeed coming from my car. Took it in the next day, and they took my car from me and claim that it might be until April before I get it back. Considering I've had it only 5 weeks, it's hard not to consider lemon law on it. I'd like my car for more than 50% of the time.
You won't be able to, it has to meet specific criteria; unless it's at least three visits for the same problem as is specified for most states.

I don't think (and RedVN sorta confirmed) that my shifting issues were related. Other than the leak, nothing *seemed* "off" with the car.

--JamesT
Check your shifting linkage also. Most of the problems associated with the supposed i30N 5th and 6th gear issues are from maladjusted shifting linkage as opposed to failing syncros.
My state, Maryland, also has a 30 day time limit to fix it for any problem. If I send a letter to them saying I'm evoking lemon law on the car, they have 30 days to fix it or it goes into effect. I did my research, so I am able to. I just like the car too much in the short time I've had it, and I'd rather keep it.
 

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My state, Maryland, also has a 30 day time limit to fix it for any problem. If I send a letter to them saying I'm evoking lemon law on the car, they have 30 days to fix it or it goes into effect. I did my research, so I am able to. I just like the car too much in the short time I've had it, and I'd rather keep it.
Any update on your VN? Still waiting on a replacement transmission?
 

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Just got a call today, transmission is expected to show up around April 3rd. Once it gets installed, they will look at my vibrating rear view mirror (replaced once already), and the high pitch sound through the audio which from what I have gathered is from the sound generator. The sound didn't happen in normal mode but is irritating in custom.

I want my car back! Especially before I'm forced inside for the next month.
 
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