The warranty company will not approve something that isn't broken but, at the same time, I don't want to wait until it breaks, thus I'd rather do it myself. I wish the solenoids were accessible from the bottom.I honestly don't want to risk taking anything off on the front just to get to the pan. I'm going to flush the tranny one more time. It's interesting when I accelerate hard from a traffic light, from second to third shifts smoothly. It only shifts hard when I accelerate slowly. For example, if i slowly leave a traffic light, from first to second is smooth, then from second to third the RPMs go all the way up to 3500-4000 RPMs and then jerks into third.You bring up a good point. You are under a warranty from a third party. Taking it upon yourself to fix it may not be the best idea because you may void any remaining warranty on the transmission if you have new problems or the problem still exists since you are not an authorized tech. it's not like you're changing the spark plugs and the transmission fails. You are going to be working directly on the transmission and internal components.
This is how I would proceed. This is just my opinion, you can do whatever you want. I understand the hesitation of going to a dealer, they are hit-or-miss sometimes. Two in my area I flat out refuse to go to, the third one, even though they are great, I sometimes still have to make certain things are done the way I want them done or that they deliver as they say on their work.
Contact the warranty company and have them review the issue with you. Few reasons:
1) Since there is a perceived problem, they may not cover it anyway because it is not a diagnosed problem. Meaning, it ain't broke so they won't allow it to be fixed. Unless the dealer diagnoes it as a problem. In that case, you are free and clear and should just have it done at the dealer.
2) If it's not a diagnosed problem, By making the warranty company aware of a perceived issue, if it fails later while just outside of their warranty, you may have some leverage to get it fixed. They were made aware of a pending issue but chose to ignore it. It was documented so they rolled the dice and could potentially pay for that. That is not legal advice but just from experience. it really depends on the warranty company and the laws in your state.
3) Do you have rental coverage from your warranty company?
Back on topic, the orientation is pretty straight forward. The trans pan is facing the radiator on the drivers side. What you won't be able to see with just a picture is what all is in front of it, unless they are some really detailed pics and/or you have a service manual that gives you really good diagrams etc. Even then, you can't really know until you get your own eyeballs and hands on it.
Anyone know how much the dealership will charge to do a PCM flash? If it's under 100 dollars, I will bring it to the dealer and have them flash it.