What is Lemon-Aid?


Buy your Lemon-Aid from independent book stores, Chapters, Costco, Sam’s Club, or Amazon.ca.

If you are really cheap, stand in line at your Canadian library reference desk!

Remember, like universal healthcare and state-run auto insurance, Lemon-Aid isn’t available in the States, Eh…

Each Lemon-Aid Guide is really 4 books in one:

a year-round service manual

a guide to prices and defects relative to two decades of cars and minivans

an archive of internal service bulletins and memos granting free repairs or offering troubleshooting shortcuts with upgraded parts

a legal primer on getting your money back

Ratings are based upon over 800,000 owners reports, government-recorded safety complaints, and confidential automaker service bulletins. It’s the only publication that lists hundreds of secret warranties and service tips now in effect for 1987-2005 cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and minivans. Lemon-Aid will tell you exactly what may go wrong today or tomorrow with your present vehicle or the one you may purchase. And, if repairs are needed, you will have the needed service bulletins to shop around for the cheapest repairs possible. Lemon-Aid also gives you:

A fresh, “in your face” attitude formed from over thirty-three years of consumer advocacy in the trenches.

An expose of safety features that kill (airbags and anti-lock brakes)

Crashworthiness data going back a decade

Secret warranty summaries with reprinted bulletins as proof you can use in court, or in negotiations

Summarized service bulletins to get right to the problem

Specific prices for more models and years

A section dealing with the best and worst used vehicles over three decades

Legal information to help you gain an out of-court settlement and sample complaint letters/faxes

A list of great Internet gripe sites

About 500 pages in an easy-to-read format

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Best-sellers for over thirty years, Lemon-Aid new and used car/truck guides are unlike any other auto books on the market. Their main objective, to inform and protect consumers in an industry known for its dishonesty and exaggerated claims, remains unchanged. However, these guides also focus on warranties and confidential service bulletins that automakers swear don’t exist. That’s why you’ll be interested in finding the exact bulletin, memo, or news clipping reproduced from the original so neither the dealer nor automaker can weasel out of doing the right thing.

The Lemon-Aid guide’s information is gathered throughout the year from owner complaints, whistle blowers, lawsuits, and judgments, as well as from confidential manufacturer service bulletins.

Each year, we target generic vehicle defects and abusive auto industry practices. After warning readers, we then demand that automakers extend their warranties to pay for factory mistakes. For years we have highlighted Chrysler, GM, and Ford engine head gasket, automatic transmission (see bulletin below),

A/T – 4L60-E/4L65-E MIL ON/DTC P0757/Slipping

Bulletin No.: 01-07-30-038B
Date: January 26, 2004

DTC P0757 Set, SES Lamp Illuminated, Poor Performance of Transmission, Transmission Slipping (Clean Transmission Valve Body and Case Oil Passages of Debris)

1999-2004 Passenger Cars and Light Duty Trucks
2003-2004 HUMMER H2
with 4L60-E/4L65-E Automatic Transmission (RPOs M30/M32)


This bulletin is being revised to add model years and change Cause and Correction information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-07-30-038A (Section 07 – Transmission/Transaxle).


Some customers may comment on any of the following conditions:


The SES lamp is illuminated.


No 3rd and 4th gear.


The transmission does not shift correctly.


The transmission feels like it shifts to Neutral or a loss of drive occurs.

The vehicle free wheels above 48 km/h (30 mph). High RPM needed to overcome the free wheeling.


The most likely cause is chips or debris plugging the bleed orifice of the 2-3 shift solenoid (367). This will cause the transmission to stay in 2nd gear when 3rd gear is commanded and return to 1st gear when 4th gear is commanded.

DTC P0757 may also be set if the 2-3 shift valve (368) or 2-3 shuttle valve (369) were stuck, restricted and/or hung-up in its bore.



Inspect / Clean the 2-3 shift valve (368), the 2-3 shuttle valve (369) and the valve bore of debris / metal chips.


Inspect / Clean the 2-3 shift solenoid (367) opening of debris / metal chips. While inspecting the 2-3 shift solenoid (367), look for a screen over the solenoid opening. If the solenoid DOES NOT have a screen, replace the solenoid with P/N 10478131 that does have a screen over the solenoid opening.

Refer to the appropriate Service Manual for additional diagnostic information and service procedures.

Parts Information

Parts are currently available from GMSPO.

Warranty Information

For repairs performed under warranty, use the applicable published labor code and information.

[ More examples: :: Engine/Propulsion :: Engine-Oil Leaks :: Rear Roof Rust Formation/Perforation :: Coolant Loss/Engine Oil Contamination :: ]

paint, and brake problems, and Ford and GM engine intake manifold, automatic transmission, paint delamination and peeling problems. Additionally we downrated Honda and Toyota three years ago after noting a decline in their quality control.

Following Lemon-Aid’s intervention, all three Detroit automakers paid off thousands of powertrain and paint claims on six year or older vehicles, extended their warranties (secretly), and lost some important Supreme Court and small claims cases, as well.

The latest 2004-05 Lemon-Aid guides make a critical comparison of 1990-2005 cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans and safer, cheaper, and more reliable alternatives are given for each vehicle.

Points are also given for crash test results and for the availability of essential safety features. Performance comparison tests and a list of essential accessories are only a sampling of the wealth of material you have at your fingertips. Lemon-Aid combines test results with owner complaints, Internet postings, and surveys to determine its ratings.

Phil Edmonston

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