John's right. It really pays to support the local dealership. They "haf many vays" of helping you out. They may or may not help you out, it all depends. Alot of cases the decision can be made right there at the dealership in a case like this. There is a certain amount of "leeway" on what they can consider a warranty repair, the dealer is more or less "going out on a limb" for people when they authorize an out-of-warranty repair like this. They are more likely to "go out on a limb" for a good customer, rather than someone they only see coming in to the parts department to buy oil filters, then come in with the car on a wrecker with a shot transmission and "jiffy Lube" stickers on the windshield. Think about it.